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Old 05-15-12, 06:46 PM   #1
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ATOC Stage 3 - Diablo

Who was there? We were around the corner from the 200M KOM sign, near the Mike's Bikes SWAG mobile. Picked up a couple of mini cowbells, that was fun. Lots of fans, Mt. Diablo certainly represented! Too bad TV came on-air after the climb. Maybe they'll have more footage on the replay, but watching the DVR of the afternoon "live" version, there was not much on air except a recap of the break and then the peloton going over the KOM line.

It was a long wait, and even though the guys went through in a matter of seconds, it was totally worth it. Watching those guys simply riding tempo was amazing...they were going so fast I could hardly believe it. Let's hope the ATOC took note and give Diablo a more prominent position along the route next year (if they include it at all!). They could easily have a stage finish at the junction, how about from a North Gate ascent?

BTW, anyone see the Mt. Diablo State Park jerseys they were selling? A little steep ($85) but looked pretty cool. Does anyone have one? If so, how's the sizing? Do they run similar to American brands or more fitted like the Euro stuff?
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i was there, along with an astounding number of other cyclists too, i thought. didn't know there were so many cyclists around here that could be motivated climb to the south gate toll booth. i was just downhill about 300 yds from the OP i guess. just before it starts to flatten out (thank god) before the last turn into to toll booth.

i was talking to someone i met and we were estimating how fast they would be going when they went by. after they passed i asked him, "so what do you think?" he said, "well, they didn't blow me away or anything.". i said, "ya, me too. i've been passed right here, by plenty of guys going that fast.
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Is Garmin-Cervelo making any of the ride data available like they did with last year's TDF?

I'd really like to see what these guys are doing on stuff that we can relate to. It will be awesome and depressing at the same time.

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I was there as well, uphill from Mike's Bikes and downhill from the Sag Monkey truck, just down the hill from the KOM at the junction. What a scene. When the breakaway came flying by in 4 seconds, it was accompanied by runners in what appeared to be the Cal swim team, some barefoot, a "caped crusader" guy in a US flag cape with a diaper on his head, a guy dressed in a bear costume, the "clean bottle" guy, and a blur of official vehicles and motos. The scene was repeated some 8 minutes later when the peloton blew by in around 9 seconds. The ride down was scary, with bikes taking up both lanes, the faster riders taking their chances in the left lane with an occasional uphill car. Made it to the hole in the fence and all was well. Checked the footage on TV. Noticed how anemic the fan turnout was on Patterson Pass Road compared to Diablo. There were only a handful of fans at the Patterson summit. Too bad Diablo didn't get more air time.
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I was maybe ten feet from the KOM sign.
I expected a big crowd, but not that big! I made it home in time to watch the last four miles on TV, I think the crowds on Mt Diablo were as big if not bigger than at the finish.
I waited ten-fifteen minutes before starting down North Gate. Not nearly as many riders, but more cars to deal with.
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Watching it on DVR now. I recorded "live" coverage. God it's horrible. They skipped entire climb up Mt. Diablo, and descent. Who the hell is in charge of it? You would think after few years they would learn to cover a bicycle race, but no it's the same crap each year. No coverage of climbs, no coverage of breakaways getting off, or getting caught.
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A big +1. I tuned in for the "hour" long summary on CBSsports, it starts 25mins late and all we see is 5-10seconds of the peloton riding through the junction. WTF are they thinking? Why wasn't the climb shown? Really disappointing.
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Was at Patterson Pass since I could not make it to Diablo on time due to work. Decent crowd, overheard someone say that it was alot less crowded than years past but it made for good parking/views/tv time! Diablo looked like a blast though, still bitter I could not go

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I was there as well, uphill from Mike's Bikes and downhill from the Sag Monkey truck, just down the hill from the KOM at the junction. What a scene. When the breakaway came flying by in 4 seconds, it was accompanied by runners in what appeared to be the Cal swim team, some barefoot, a "caped crusader" guy in a US flag cape with a diaper on his head, a guy dressed in a bear costume, the "clean bottle" guy, and a blur of official vehicles and motos. The scene was repeated some 8 minutes later when the peloton blew by in around 9 seconds. The ride down was scary, with bikes taking up both lanes, the faster riders taking their chances in the left lane with an occasional uphill car. Made it to the hole in the fence and all was well. Checked the footage on TV. Noticed how anemic the fan turnout was on Patterson Pass Road compared to Diablo. There were only a handful of fans at the Patterson summit. Too bad Diablo didn't get more air time.
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This was the scene on South Gate today.

Yeah we had our devil too, actually he was running away from LanceOldStrong who showed up with his 'I whipped the Devil' jersey.


A group of 4 escapees soon arrived.


And 8 minutes later the peloton was lead by the Liquigas team of Peter Sagan




Easy going Sagan


Some guys were actually suffering


Young Radioshack Studs


The Red Lantern looked actually pretty relax
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Decided to take the day off and witness the TOC's Diablo debut. Was also quite disappointed with the televised coverage (or lack thereof) of this historic leg. Came across some pleasantly familiar faces on the way up (Lanceoldstrong, CCorlew, MyLilPony, and Bikingshearer).

Staked my claim by the shade of an inviting tree about a 1/4 mile before the South Gate kiosk.


Several of these guys were flying up the hill.


The breakaway about 7 minutes ahead.


The peloton lead by Liquigas.


All bunched up a few riders chose to go off pavement.


And it all ends just as quickly as it started...
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Watching it on DVR now. I recorded "live" coverage. God it's horrible. They skipped entire climb up Mt. Diablo, and descent. Who the hell is in charge of it? You would think after few years they would learn to cover a bicycle race, but no it's the same crap each year. No coverage of climbs, no coverage of breakaways getting off, or getting caught.
I have to agree. I turned it on and no Diablo climb. Seems the coverage is getting worse every year.
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Lots of riders on the mtn, pretty wild. Rode up Wall Point, freaking hot! It was cool as you could see riders going up the road, Riders on the trails and hikers all gathering. I was up by the helipad. Could see them round Curry Point and approach BBQ Terrace. Plus we had views of them descending the northside. When I looked at the Stage 3 log, I figured the live coverage would start on Ygnacio. Then carry on into the miserable back side of Diablo, the first hours of the race were definitely more scenic than the last. I watched the mayhem of descending riders for a bit before diving down BBQ Terrace for a great ride down into Pine Canyon.
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I was at the helo pad also. Fun atmosphere, not very exciting racing... disappointing TV coverage.

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This was the scene on South Gate today.

Yeah we had our devil too, actually he was running away from LanceOldStrong who showed up with his 'I whipped the Devil' jersey.


A group of 4 escapees soon arrived.


And 8 minutes later the peloton was lead by the Liquigas team of Peter Sagan


Easy going Sagan


Some guys were actually suffering


Young Radioshack Studs


The Red Lantern looked actually pretty relax
Great photos. You musta had some big ol camera or something to attract everyone's attention! You got a lot of shots with guys clearly looking right at your camera. BTW, the Lanterne Rouge is Luis Leon Sanchez...he must have visited the car or something, he's one of the better riders in all of the pro peloton. Robbie McEwen was at the end of the group when they came by us...now HE looked like he was suffering.
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What I don't understand about the coverage is why don't they include parts of the WHOLE race during the evening replay? I was disappointed they didn't show anything once again in the evening show. They have plenty of time to edit the program to fit into the allotted time slot, why not show the entire climb of Diablo, then skip through some of the parts along the flatter roads? I work a lot in East County...I don't need to see them ride along Marsh Creek Road or Byron Highway. Cut 20 minutes out of that stuff, throw in the Diablo climb, and Patterson Pass. If the guys aren't going to race, then at least let me see how fast professionals climb roads we all know! They made a big deal about how Diablo was one of the most requested roads to be included in this whole race, then when it came time to show it, they completely ignored it!
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Some pics. I was just clicking away without really looking, so some are blurry, but the one with that Ram guy turned out pretty cool (accidentally).

The crowd




The breakaway comes through. There was a little action here, the Optum guy just attacked, and he was going so fast I didn't even get a photo of him.


The peloton comes through with the Ram guy leading the way. We saw him riding up...dude is HUGE, maybe he played linebacker for Oregon haha!


Probably the best shot. Nibali is the second Liquigas man. Also Jens Voigt in the Shack kit. Levi is TINY...I was focusing on him and I missed Sagan right behind him.


A blurry Horner in the middle (behind the other Radioshack guy)




McEwen is just in front of the Exergy guy. He didn't look good, but for a 39 year old non-climber, he was still twice as fast as 99% of the people I've ever seen ride this road.
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What I don't understand about the coverage. . .
Well, I don't understand lots of things about it, and not just for Stage 3. Starting with Stage 1, which was ridden on roads I know well, I found myself yelling at the TV.

Long cutaways to scenic helicopter shots while the sprinters were fighting for points on the road. Absolutely atrocious camera positioning on the most interesting KOM climb. Endlessly repeated (and long) shots of the lanterne rouge's view of the back of the peloton. And on and on.

I don't know what crew is providing the pool coverage (I suppose NBC is the decision-maker), but it doesn't look like they have much stage racing experience. And it doesn't help that Phil and Paul still don't really have a clue about the geography.

I'm not going to stop watching, but I think it's pretty sucky television coverage (and I'm an old guy; "sucky" isn't one of my usual adjectives).

Great shots from those of you who were on Diablo. Thanks, folks!
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I didn't shoot lots, but here's a Flickr slideshow of what I did get
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Great to see so many friends on the mountain!

I'd love a bike count. Any guesses
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I didn't shoot lots, but here's a Flickr slideshow of what I did get
http://www.flickr.com//photos/ccorle...57777412/show/

Great to see so many friends on the mountain!

I'd love a bike count. Any guesses
Those are some pro-worthy photos!
I'd guess 5,000 plus fans on Diablo.
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I was on South Gate as well but sans camera so thanks to all who shared your pics. Stunned by the number of cyclists on that climb - easily 3 times what I expected! I was very happy to see them go by & even made it to Livermore in time to watch the sprint. I gotta say, I agree the TV coverage is atrocious. I was so looking forward to bseeing stages 1-3 since they're all on "my" roads - very disappointed with that aspect. Totally inexplicable and an opportunity lost for cycling to attract/educate more fans.

PS there was police @ the stop signs through Diablo - I was on my best behavior because someone on this forum mentioned it recently. I forget who it was, but many thanks!
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PS there was police @ the stop signs through Diablo - I was on my best behavior because someone on this forum mentioned it recently. I forget who it was, but many thanks!
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I didn't shoot lots, but here's a Flickr slideshow of what I did get
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Great to see so many friends on the mountain!
I'd love a bike count. Any guesses
Few shots but they are great!
You have got Chris Horner right on the center of the 1st photo.
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Hey, can I copy those (with full attributions) and put in some funny captions?
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What I didn't like when I went back and watched the telecast on the DVR was how they kept saying Patterson Pass isn't very steep. Aw, they'll just use big, rolling gears. How come I use my lowest gear and still die getting up the east side? Yeah, yeah, don't tell me the answer, I dont want to know. It's the same reason why there is no need to even mention the false summit that causes everyone I know to curse the first time going up the east side. Learning that going up the east side of Patterson Pass is just a stroll in the park really does nothing for my ego.

BTW, I do think if you get a good spot at Patterson Pass, it is a great place to watch, because you can see decent portions of an uphill, giving viewing time of way more than a few seconds.
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