I'm very much looking forward to the Tour of Missouri this week. It promises to be a bigger and even better event than last year. More teams and one more stage.
Last year, prior to the event, I read a number of posts from racers unfamiliar with Missouri who predicted bunch sprints to decide every daily stage winner. In the actual race, the opposite played out. Only the circuit races in Kansas City and St Louis were decided by field sprints. The "knobs" spread out the field on all of the road stages.
This year the run into St Charles, where I live, has been changed. Following the big hills surrounding Augusta there will be over 20 miles of table top flat road leading up to the finish line.
Like last year my wife and I will probably ride our tandem into St Charles to watch the finish. It was a great carnival atmosphere with big screen TVs to watch the events out on the course leading up to the finish. I loved it.