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Old 02-23-08, 12:08 AM   #1
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Stage 5 Tour of Ca

I posted this in So Cal Forum already. Instead of pasting the links, I'll give you the photobucket URL:

http://s174.photobucket.com/albums/w...a%20Stage%205/
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Love the shot of Christian Vandevelde, he's looking right at you! Levi's really grittin' his teeth too.

How steep was that grade? (Comparable to what bay area road?) Perfect place to shoot, they're not zipping by at 35 mph. Looks like they are struggling, but maybe it's because they're pushing big gears on those TT bikes?
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Not sure how steep the grade is ... probably 10% ... nothing really bad. Probably similar to Old La Honda, but the climb is really short ... maybe 1 mile, if that. It's enough to make the time trialer grit their teeth.

Some of the really close ups were because they were cutting the angle short around the turn. I wasn't paying attention, but I think they came very close to me. I guess they assume I won't move (which is good both for me and the rider). It's kinda like riding in a paceline ... don't make any sudden moves, and keep your line.
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Not sure how steep the grade is ... probably 10% ... nothing really bad. Probably similar to Old La Honda, but the climb is really short ... maybe 1 mile, if that. It's enough to make the time trialer grit their teeth.

Some of the really close ups were because they were cutting the angle short around the turn. I wasn't paying attention, but I think they came very close to me. I guess they assume I won't move (which is good both for me and the rider). It's kinda like riding in a paceline ... don't make any sudden moves, and keep your line.
Ron:

You should win the MVP Fan award for following the tour all the way!!!

Thanks for keeping us posted with your stories and pictures.
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cool pix.

Paolo looks like he's out on a Sunday ride just enjoying the scenery.
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cool pix.

Paolo looks like he's out on a Sunday ride just enjoying the scenery.
That's because he's so good, he makes it all look easy. Meanwhile, the rest of us struggle just to make it up the hill.
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That's because he's so good, he makes it all look easy. Meanwhile, the rest of us struggle just to make it up the hill.
Here's a shot of him from Sacramento that I got.



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