We made the trip downtown after the hurricane. Pretty disappointing turnout if you ask me and wonder if the promoters might have thought the same thing. Granted, it rained for 7 hours prior to the start of what was a shortened version of the original course, a 7 mile circuit race going up to forest park and around in a figure eight. The Expo Center was cancelled so there wasn't much of a reason to hang out at the Pfoodman/Trailnet tent, because their wasn't one. I invited a bunch of folks down to enjoy the day, most of them bailed for various reasons, hey, it was a pretty lame day for bike racing. What was cool was the VIP tent, great food, done up right by a local caterer.
I have already told you what I don't like about the concept, I should also mention what I do like about it. The tour does indeed provide advocacy in regard to active lifestyle. It is enormous, the lifestyle display. The message is simple: "Get out on your freaking bikes folks, spend time outdoors, off the couch, out of the drive through at K-fry" I say. This is a good thing. The corporate sponsors must be "down" with the statewide traveling display of health and wellness that the tour provides. I guess I buy that as many other regional companies have. Where else can you find a couple thousand people looking to purchase a slice of rockstar status in a healthy forum other than the Tour of Missouri? Well, there are really quite a lot, with charitable interests.