This was the fifth year for the Cape Girardeau race at the "new" location. Prior to 2009, it was in another location inside the city of Cape. That one was a sweaty mess, and apparently Mother Nature didn't like it and consistently sent her wrath on race day with 101% humidity to go along with the dense foliage. The change to this venue was literally like a breath of fresh air. It's a very open design, with roller-coaster like action and non-stop fun. The first photo is from the first lap on "the hill", where countless buffoons spend the entire race trying to get the racers attention. I am seen emerging from a massive smoke bomb, one of the more annoying and acrid way of showcasing the race.
Late in the race, Sam Moore and Brad Brown join me in wondering how a 16 year old kid could mash our souls so badly and so quickly. Anyway, I ended up 4th. Great weather, great course, and even a thunderstorm after the race was over couldn't turn this into a bad day.
Thanks to Zach Young for taking great photos at the race!!!!