It all started early with tons of steel used to set up a massive start line. We were very fortunate that the rain held off the entire day, I know St. Joe had to deal with rain Monday AM and that had to be very difficult setting up while getting wet.
The crowds started to come as the teams set up along 4th street. That was a sight to see! Team cars, buses, bikes and fans filled 4th street. It was very cool to see it all fit in there so well. We think between 3 and 4 thousand were on hand, hard to tell. I'm sure we will hear from the tour what the final count is.
This photo by Casey Gibson
Dawndi took some time to get autographs on this cool host city sign we have. She got all the big names.
Now the time we have been waiting for... the start. I was honored to co-start the race with Peter Kinder and Michelle Montague to get things going.
Unique thing about the start in Hermann was the out and back loop through town. This gave everyone an opportunity to see them leave, then again 5 min later and passed through the start shoot before leaving town.
Awesome day, awesome event. Big thanks to all those from the tour staff and the local Hermann volunteers that made this day a success.