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Bikes: 1967 Paramount, 1982-ish Ron Cooper,1986 De Rosa Professional, 1978 Eisentraut "A," 1961 BianchiCompetizione, 1994 Trek 520, 199? Burley Bossa Nova, early-1970s Cinelli Speciale Corsa
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Very cool idea. Keep in mind that you will be riding and then waiting on the mountain for several hours. Be sure to have food/water/toys/books for the little one, who likely will not be able to be as patient waiting for the race to go by as you are, and this will help make for a much better experience for all concerned.
Hamilton is never very steep, but it is loooooooong. At least as important as how far you can stand to climb towing your son/daughter is how experienced you are at descending with the trailer, because every mile you go up before the race is a mile you have to descend after the race. Also, if you don't go too far up the mountain (like somewhere on the first ramp before the drop to Grant Park), you and the little one should be able to get home soon enough to see the stage finish on Mt. Diablo on TV.
Also, odds are the peloton will be very much together when they go by. They hit the bottom of Hamilton something like five miles after the start. There probably will be a small number of early breakaway folks out front, but Hamilton is far too early in the day to see a serious, decisive split in the pack. Seeing just about everyone together should be vey impressive sight for a five year old, though, and in this case, that trumps race dynamics.
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