The Seventh Amgen Tour of California. I've seen at least one stage of every single year. This year they went over Diablo on Stage 3 and your humble blogger was there.
|Coach Marie: spin instructor, triathlete.|
There was a pretty steady stream of cycling fans going up North Gate Road, and a few cars.
There was a traffic stop at the Bump. Apparently a rider who crashed well before I got there, and they had him off the road but they were positioning the ambulance to evacuate him. Had the guy in a neck brace and back board.
At the Junction, there wasn't even room to breathe.
Went down to my pre-chosen spot and it too was packed with fans and also some cars and tents. So I kept going down to the helicopter pad where there was good viewing and lots of room.
Met up with Rick and we watched together. The race was about 15 minutes late so there was a lot of just joking around and people watching. Didn't see anyone in a Borat bikini or an inflatable sumo suit. Did get to see the guy with the ram horns riding up with his helmet on his rear rack. Rick also showed me the recent battle scars on his bike, shoes, and flesh from the Wente crit.
|This guy drove up which I thought was kind of lame, but he brought his wife and infant so that makes it OK.|
I think I was going to play with the "panoramic" photo thing on my camera but decided it wasn't worth it. You can just imagine this string of photos all connected into one.
Finally the race came through and it honestly wasn't very exciting. Mount Diablo was 50 miles into a 115 mile stage and neither the 4-man breakaway nor the peloton really considered it to be a good place to make a GC move, so everybody just kind of rode it like a training ride. Still, the atmosphere was what I was there for and there was plenty of that.
I took a little video too - click for the fan experience.
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