Last year when the AToC came over Diablo it was not a decisive stage, not a decisive point in the stage, and not really that interesting since they just came up to Junction and went down the other side in one big group plus a meaningless breakaway. Also they didn't show ANY of it on TV since it was before the coverage started. But I guess we impressed the race director enough to convince him that Diablo deserved a mountain top finish.
Left home a little before noon planning to be at my spot by 2pm and that worked just fine. I was kind of hoping my spot wouldn't be too popular... increasing my chances for international television fame; but there were hundreds of people there... including a guy in a chicken suit, a girl in a cow suit, and another guy in fishnet stockings and a bodice.
Race entered the Park at 3pm right on schedule. New climbing records were set for the SGR-Summit route; The stage winner probably had the fastest time but it doesn't look like he has a Strava account. Awesome that anyone could do such a fast time after a hundred miles of racing before they got there.
|SPD pedals for standing around shoes.|
Lower gears help when you've got a 30lb backpack.
Helmet with camera mount, and California mix on the box.
|Bike parking was sub-plentiful.|
|Man, this is a good spot.|
|I brought some chalk but couldn't think of anything |
clever to write on the road.
|I wish these guys would pick a spot and stay there instead|
of riding around until the last minute.
|ABSOLUTE CRAZINESS !!|
Amgen Diablo 2013 from Diablo Scott on Vimeo.