What a ride. I figured we'd ride up GMR to watch the riders race our local climb. I was worried as we haven't done much climbing lately. That plus a big Camel Back with 5 bottles of Gatorade, cookies, bagels and a few other goodies. I have to say I was sweating on the first two miles like I hadn't before. Gina as always gives me a hard time when I suggest a climb. She struggled up but after a few milew, she was OK. After the ride, she was pretty excited that we had done something she had never imagined. Heck, we didn't think of this stuff as kids and only thought people riding up a mountain to watch a race was in the TDF videos. Well now we've done it and she says we'll do it again if we get another chance.
We ran into quite a few familiar faces. Let's see, Idoru500 caught me by surprise. He told me his name and I was still at a loss as I know most people by forum names ha ha! He and the Mr.s were on the mountain. Jason rolled on by looking for spot. OC Roadie with his buds. Sorry about the OC Cylist man. I can't ever get the name right while lacking oxygen to the brain. MarkAdam rolled by, Vertical Bob on his new bike(twice). Some dude in a small silver SUV rolled by and shouted "Beanz" out the window. Not sure who that was but it's always cool to get a shout. A SART tandem couple rolled by with some greetings as well. I had no idea they knew Gina's name ha ha! As we were waiting for the riders to roll by, MTBLrkr rode up and tried to steal our spot.
Watching the riders roll by, I'm actually sort of shocked that they looked so young. I guess I'm getting old cause they all looked like little kids to me ha ha! They do roll by pretty fast so it's hard o tell who is who. I'll have to review the tapes!
One thing I must say is the riders on the mountain, wow the mentality is so different from most on the trail. So encouraging! Just about every rider that rolled by shouted, "you can do it, keep the pedals turning, you're almost there!". After so many encouraging words, I almost felt a if I could manage my way up the 5 mile climb that we had planned ha ha! But seriously, the riders on the mountain are GREAT!!!!
Race footage (raw)
More pics in my blog