Dog is my copilot.
Join Date: Oct 2005
Location: Calgary, Alberta
Bikes: Lemond Maillot Jaune, Specialized Stumpjumper, Kona Jake the Snake, Single-Speed Rigid Rocky Mtn Equipe, Soon-to-be fixed Bianchi Brava
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I've seen the finale there twice, 2001 and 2005. 2001 was good, by 2005 the place was a mad house. It will be a long time till I do it again. You have to get there at about 8 to 8:30 to secure a good spot and then make sure you have a buddy to hold it when you go try to find a loo. This also involves much elbowing and shoving to get back to your spot.
Mountain stages are way better. You hang out on the side of the road, drink some beer and wine, party with a bunch of different nationalities, then you get to ride down. Its way better.