ToM 2008 Stage 6: Hermann

Stage 6 of the Tour of Missouri got off to a fine start this morning in Hermann. Townspeople had fixed up the parade route through town with flags, balloons, and signs.

Hermann has a population of just under 3000, and I'm guessing at least that many were in attendance for the start line and festival.

The volunteers, as usual, did a great job--and officials in the Local Organizing Committee made it clear they are anxious to have the Tour back in Hermann in future years.

A unique feature in Hermann was the presentation of a group of bicyclists who had committed to "Ride Like A Pro" by riding a certain number of miles this summer. The group logged an aggregate of well over 20,000 miles.

The parade loop through town had some neat features, taking the riders up some very steep, if short, hills, past the Stoney Hill Winery, and through a good part of town before circling back to pass by the start line again.

Complete Stage 6 start line photos can be found here, or as a slide show here. Selected photos below:

IMG_8681 - Tour of Missouri 2008 at Downtown Hermann

IMG_8702 - Hermann start line, Tour of Missouri 2008
IMG_8704 Crowd at the Tour of Missouri 2008 Start Line in Downtown Hermann