I went and watched /volunteered at my first road race today. All I can say is wow. It was pretty interesting watching the different racing styles of the different classes.
I was assigned a position as a course marshall, where the course turned onto a different road. I would have to stop people before they entered the course and explain to them what was going on. I did have a problem with one lady, a census worker, and she tried to b*tch me out how cyclist want to take up the whole road and how they shouldnt be on the roads. She didnt like it when I did explain how the riders, did pay for motel rooms, and are contributing to the local economy. She started to see the point from the cyclist position, so I think I made a difference on her. There were several families that came out to watch the race and some were even handing out water.
The cycling community and the people who support it, really surprised me on the way people come together and helps each other finish the race.