I might be on Palomar's South grade to watch them decend that road. Still figuring out logistic if I'm going to ride from Harrah's or park on the hill and do some SG repeats til they arrive.
OK I looked at the map and want to make sure what they are doing... are they climbing or descending the Lake Henshaw side of Palomar? It looked to me they are climbing. I know there is a parking area about a mile or 2 up from the Lake I thought would be a good place to watch...provided they are climbing.
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Was out where the race is going to start last night. They have actually done a pretty good job of cleaning up the area, and somehow they have removed the homeless.
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Can anybody please tell me why it has to be on Mothers day?????? Ive got 3 mom's within 15 miles of me.. why? why? why? If I go Ill have one ex-wife and an in-law and dis-owned by the other. Up side, I can ride more... but then I couldnt afford to ride. A cruel joke this is.
I did go to the Cannondale meet and greet Thursday to lick my wounds. Ted King is pretty funny. Peter Sagan looked like a regular 22 year old. Very unassuming and humble.
Paul Sherwen, before the C-Dale rep asked them to take down the back drop.
Me looking like I have to poop
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FYI. I rode part of the route and, after 12 at lower elevations, it was MURDEROUSLY hot. On Cole Grade, Etape riders were hiding under every tree, my Garmin was showing 104 (probably inflated by direct sunlight, but still), the thermometer in my wife's car was showing 93 in Valley Center and 91 in Escondido.
Also, tomorrow it will be even hotter.
Pulse is racing right now, despite laying in bed. Hard day.
Be interesting to see how those dainty European flowers fare tomorrow.
I predict the winning break will happen on Cole Grade--one tough mutha, and it's mostly downhill from there.
Good info here if you have not seen it. Palomar closed to cars at 11:30
A few miles before 76/south grade fork, there was an eagle with a big fat snake in its claws, just sitting on the ground near the road. I got to about 10 feet and snapped a couple of phone pics. (Pics turned out to have poor quality, unfortunately.)
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Haha--I've seen the same thing, but it was probably a redtail hawk you saw. When I saw one, it had just scooped up a 6+ foot snake. It paused atop a telephone pole and I nearly crashed my motorcycle when I pulled over and grabbed for my camera. The hawk had stopped there to kill the snake, (which was still alive and thrashing around), but when it glanced down and saw me (presumably trying to steal its tasty meal), it continued on flapping its huge wings (ugh - ugh - ugh) with this long, heavy, UNaerodynamic snake in its grasp. Quite a sight!
Heh - the Palomarpics guy got a shot of me coming down Palomar. I passed nearly two dozen riders on the way down and 4 cars. I took no small bit of satisfaction watching the pros suffer on the same course on NBC today, though I was wrong about Cole Grade producing the deciding break.
One of the riders passed me back on Cole Grade, but it was HOT man and we were all suffering! I think I passed another dozen riders pausing in the shade, but only saw the l'Etape number on one of them.
It was quite a ride and I'm still recovering.
I bailed on Palomar and rode from my house to Ramona and then to Escondido. They put on one heck of a show today. I did not ride home and called my wife for a ride from Escondido. I can normally tolerate heat but this was brutal on me today. I was not up to it.
I am glad I did not go with my friends who climbed from Dudley s and descended and climbed south to the observatory watched the race and back to Dudley's.
I remember some sort of bet with Chris where I called Sagan. I dont remember the details I think its a push we were both wrong and we can split the tab
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I can't climb and do not sprint well so I over compensate with bad form and lack of endurance
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You are probably right. It did not have a red tail but it looks more like a red tailed hawk than a golden eagle. http://i40.tinypic.com/6htaqd.jpg
It was pretty deserted on the course as far as spectators. I got a nice cool spot on Mesa Grande, some shade and only 91 F, I was all alone there. On the way there though, saw surprising numbers of crazies on road bikes braving noonday sun and triple digit temperatures.
Monday high in Palm Springs, 108 F ...
Their tails are not exactly brilliant red, but they are by far the most common raptors in our region. We've got a bunch of avocado groves, and I suspect the avocado tree leavings produce a lot of plump, juicy rodents for these hawks to prey upon.
They really are a marvel to watch. They dogfight each other, and the crows around here will gather to gang up on them. Really something to watch one redtail take on 6 or more crows. The crows usually win (by cooperation IMO.) Too bad the hawks are solitary predators that fight against each other to defend their territory, because sometimes it looks like they could use a little help up there against those crow gang-bangers.
Meh--the pros can handle 108 just fine:
a) They don't have to stop for redlights and stopsigns like we do.
b) They don't have diesel-smoke belching redneck trucks punching the throttle directly ahead of us like we do.
c) They have teamcars which bring them bottles to douse themselves, which we don't.
d) They don't have to worry about cleaning their own darn bikes after they've been rained on all day by dousing bottles, which we do.
e) They have the best nutrition, doctors, masseurs, trainers, which we don't.
Suck it pros. Suffer as well as we did.
The way they push, seems like they'd be overheating all the time just from their own efforts. So far 9 rides uploaded to Strava. New KOM on Cole Grade: 11:20. One of the guys averaged 194 bpm on the segment. I have a lot of improving to do!
Wow. I typically start to feel pretty sick at 184bpm, and I'll bet it took me nearly twice that long to climb Cole Grade. Though I just turned 44, and being 20 years older than these kids might have something to do with it.
I learned two things in retrospect:
1) Bring your own Endurolytes. (eating as many pretzels as you can and licking the salt off a few more still ain't enough on a climb like Cole Grade on a hot day like Saturday.)
2) Don't be afraid to douse yourself with water at the aid stations. (Probably just keep it confined to your head & upper body, so your chamois doesn't get all squishy [any triathlete who's gotten boils down there will agree.])