“2 days/5 loops/ 200 miles
Anyone that has ridden in Missouri knows that you can go from 40+MPH to 5-MPH pretty darn quick. That is just what the Tour of Hermann was. A repeated series of heart pounding climbs, followed by white knuckled descents, sprinkled with just enough river valley and ridge riding to let you catch your breath and take a few pictures.
The ride was set up to do three different 30 +loops on Sat and two different 50 + on Sunday.
Day 1 I chose to make the 2 ½ hour drive up early Sat. Got there with more than an hour to spare which was plenty of time to decide what to wear. Knowing that I would be coming back to the van every loop I think I packed every type of riding clothes I owned. Knowing that the adrenaline would be up I dressed 1 down from normal and still made changes each lap.
Even though it was called the ‘Tour” of Hermann there were still time cut offs. I rode the first 2 laps hard to assure making the time cap. After that it was picture time.
Day 2 was a different story. Although the temps were up and the wind was down I woke up to a hard rain. Due to the continued threat of severe weather the tour director uped the ante on the first loop cut off by 1 hour. OK, I said I can still do this.
However About 8 miles in to the ride storm # 1 broke out. I don’t do lightning. As the pack carried on I took refuge. By the time the storm pass I realized my chance for the cut off was gone. Not to worry. I continues on course and then added a little out and back on the KT trail to get my mileage up to snuff for a metric.”