We parked at Rick's FIL's house in Boulder Creek and went up the back side of the hills to get to the race route. We took Jamison Creek Road which is one of the toughest things I've ever climbed. I had to stop about 5 times to catch my breath and slow down my heart. Here's an elevation chart comparing it to North Gate Road.
Then, Rick broke his pedal! The pedal body came off the spindle and wouldn't stay on so he was able to sort of keep it together with his foot but he essentially rode up Jamison one legged... truly impressive!
Product Review: Look Keo Pedals... see for yourself.
We saw the guy inflating this gorilla and were a little concerned that he would hit the power lines but he was a real pro.
And it was too good of a photo op to bypass.
The ATOC site is full of pleadings not to paint the road.
This guy said it was just chalk... does chalk come in a spray can?
They also had a souvenier store at the summit... didn't seem to be doing much business.
This kid and his family though were really raking it in. Their house was right on the route. Bagel - $1, Water - $1.50; my contribution to the entreprenurial spirit.
Better get some more photos before it gets crowded.