I have a guest photographer on this post. Brian, the lovely man that tolerates me, went to watch a time trial of the Tour of Missouri on Wednesday. He borrowed the camera and took some photos. The above photo is George Hincapie, a familiar name from that other big ride – the Tour de France! Exciting, yes! Brian is an avid recreational cyclist, and has done the MS150 ride 13 years running. He watches the Tour de France every year, subscribes to Adventure Cyclist, and has plans to bike across America some day. So he was pretty happy that this race was in our neck of the woods. While he was watching the race he was standing near one of the turns the bicyclists had to make, and with horror he watched one of the riders take the curve too fast and wide. The bike came flying off the curve into the loose gravel and the rider and bike became airborne before both slammed to the ground. Brian ran over to the gentleman to check on him, and he told me later the guy was unconscious for about 5 minutes with blood dripping from his nose. Luckily the ambulance was close at hand. Long story short, the rider, Blake Caldwell ended up having multiple fractures and a concussion.
Here is the curve. Yikes!
Another picture of Hincapie.
And this is a picture of the bicycle rider who was wearing the yellow jersey that day. It’s not everyday you get to see a professional bike race.