Wednesday, April 22, 2009
2nd Tour of Hermann in the books
2nd annual Tour of Hermann is over, what a weekend it was. Fitting in three stages over two days with rain all weekend and new set up over last year was challenging but all went very well.
I had a vision in my head what this event would look and feel like. With the assistance of many that vision came true.
The goal for this event is to bring to each rider and “Pro” like experience. This year was a giant step in that direction as all those involved from rider, to volunteer, to coordinators, and City Officials; we all walked away feeling the weekend was a success.
Now as things slow down and life gets back to normal, time will be taken to look for ways to improve this event. There has been some very good feedback from riders and volunteers that will help make next year even better.
Stone Hill Winery has already given their commitment to sponsor the event next year! Dates will be April 17 and 18, 2010 with the same set up, TT and Crit (may call it a circuit race next year) on Sat and RR on Sunday. A few minor changes to the TT course but the Crit and RR course will be the same.
There is a tone of photos on the tour site that Dawndi Cam took, www.tourofhermann.com, head on over there to view these awesome shots. I think they capture the awesome back drop Hermann offers this race, and the pain and agony of some extraordinary efforts that took place by many. I have received so many thank you email and stories of how hard this event was. Even so, those that say it was hard, say they will be back again to battle the Hermann Hills next year!
Thanks to all the volunteers, the city of Hermann, those that worked with me side by side all year to get this event off the ground, and to my wife who is so supportive of my cycling and event promotion, she is the best! See you all again next year, rain or shine :)