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    Grandpa with spunk Randy Bosma's Avatar
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    Superweek 2010 - Homewood, IL pix

    Howdy All,

    On July 9 this freshly-interested-in-biking guy (me) found out that there were going to be some bicycle races in Homewood, IL on July 11. Well, most of the day was booked already, but I did manage to catch the last race of the day and a few impressions of the semi-pro bike racing scene in the midwest. Can't say I understood most of who and what I was seeing, but it was interesting.

    So, here's a sampling of pix taken with a cheap point'n'shoot digital that needed new batteries.

    First batch - Sideline scenes while wandering around the course:
    S1 - the South Chicago Wheelmen's tent on Ridge Road
    S2 - some out-of-towners SAG trailer
    S3 - Safety First
    S4 - Officials on the start/finish platform on Harwood Ave.
    S5 - One of the racers talking to a spectator
    S6 - Spare bikes?? at the SRAM tent
    S7 - Starbucks and SRAM
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    Grandpa with spunk Randy Bosma's Avatar
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    Superweek - Homewood - July 2010

    Racers warming up and getting familiar with the course.

    W1 - on Dixie Highway
    W2 - near the village hall
    W3 - bikes 'n trains
    W4 - shootin the breeze on Harwood Ave.
    W5 - spectators gathering at the start
    W6 - stretching by the SRAM tent
    W7 - checkin out the easy curve in Harwood

    The skies were darkening and a few sprinkles were felt as race time approached.
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    Superweek - July 2010 - Homewood race pix

    And finally, the race:

    R0 - Introducing the leaders at the start - there were a number of countries represented
    R1 - The pace car (it's a ROOT beer bottle on the windshield...)
    R2 - The pack at the starting line waiting for the national anthem
    R3 - They're off and pedaling
    R4 - The leaders going through the third curve on the second lap
    R5 - On Ridge Road going into the fourth curve - probably the third or fourth lap
    R6 - The chase official was working hard to keep up
    R7 - The middle of the pack on Dixie Hwy., sixth or seventh lap (the longest straightaway)
    R8 - Eight 90 degree turns on the course, generally spaced about this far apart
    R9 - Does not take long to get left behind. This is about the 10th lap.; the skies were looking gloomier, and my camera batteries were dead.

    The race was scheduled for 70-some laps, but I understand it was cut short by rain.

    Hope you enjoyed these pix.
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