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Old 02-23-08, 09:18 PM
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Tour of Ca Stage 6

SFVBC had a ride going to Balcolm, so I met up with my friend Talib and Mark, and started from Santa Susana Community Center. This was a huge group (as many of you SFVBC riders know well). Saw Big John there, but that's the only one I knew from this huge group (other than my friends Talib and Mark).

We took our time getting to the top of Balcolm. I think I got to the top at 12:30 PM, still with plenty of time to spare to chit chat with my fellow cyclists. While there, I saw Thomson up there, Ron Hanson (of ADO Gang), Il Bruto and the rest of the Adobo Velo gang. You couldn't miss Adobo Velo, as once you reached the summit, you were greeted with about 10 screaming cowbells ringing you up over the top. They got there as early as 6:30 am ... But it was a lot of fun. It was really crowded up at the top.

In retrospect, I probably should have staked a spot lower down the hill, but my friend Talib wanted to see everyone at the summit. Plus, he didn't want to go climbing that hill again once it was time to leave. The only problem was that the KOM timer was right behind us, so that limited what we can do up there. Oh well.

As a result of this, I wasn't able to get as many good shots. Instead, I took a bunch of shots showing the crowd.

Climbing Balcolm


Crowds lining up along Balcolm


Overlooking Balcolm from the summit


Il Bruto ... is this the salvation army or the tour of ca ????


Even the pope enjoys the tour


The Angel appears, posing with the Pope
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Old 02-23-08, 09:20 PM
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Team Astana. I was not able to get my camera ready in time to catch the front of the pack ...


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Paolo Bettini taking an easy stroll up Balcolm
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Old 02-23-08, 09:21 PM
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Il Bruto ... is this the salvation army or the tour of ca ????

Thanks, Ron!!

I especially like this pic of Francis and Alan.
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About 80 yards down from the crest of Balcom, just above the curve, provided a fairly good vantage point. Here are a few additional photos.







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That was pretty fun. I was a little bit down from the 1km to the KOM to go sign. I'll have more later as I have photo editing to do. I actually was able to walk back to my car, drive to Santa Clarita, and watch the finish! That's to Jim and Adam on the tip about parking on Bradley Road.
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I knew I should have hung out at the steepest section of the hill. That's the point where I got off the bike and walked it. Good thing no one in here saw me do that Then, as I was walking the bike, I thought to myself "this would be a good spot to hang out". I should have listened to my first thought.
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Drove to Grimes Canyon and parked (no cycling for me ) to take photos.
I put my TTL camera on 6 shoots per sec and 1/1000 sec shutter speed; took like 150 shoots when the races going down at 40mile per hour 1 feet from my face!.

Levi Leipheimer


George Hincapie


Mark Cavendish


Paolo Bettini


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and from another angle;
(anyone want it in high res for a descktop background?)



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Last two shots are great!!!!!!!!! I'd love to have them in high res, shooting you a PM.
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Got few that want the high res, and I have more than these two, so here is links to the high res:

Verti.: 103.JPG, 104.JPG, 105.JPG

Horz.: 107.JPG, 108.JPG

Each file is about 2.6Meg (image size 2544x1696 )
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great pix

Great pictures everyone. I felt as though I was actually on Balcomm watching the action. Truly talented shutterbugs on BF.
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we joined the SFV ride out to Balcom as well. Kinda fun(?) climbing Balcom with the fans cheering you on. Great shots Shprung!






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Cool shots everyone!
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Here are my pics from the second KOM at Casitas Pass

















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Amazing shots.
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Amazing shots.
+1 You guys done real good with the photography! Those shots of the men up close, Steve, are great. Amazing athletes in motion.
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Originally Posted by Hollywould
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Nice shots, 'would. That was quite a big turnout for that ride. I'll have to go back and look at the Versus coverage to see if I can spot y'all.
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OOOHHH, that coors light looked good! I knew I should've had one up there! Of course, I'd probably still be sleeping by that barbed wire fence...how was the ride back to CSUN?
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https://www.flickr.com/gp/9895405@N06/57kbH6

I will embed some for the lazy in a little bit.
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https://www.flickr.com/gp/9895405@N06/57kbH6

I will embed some for the lazy in a little bit.
I didn't see the grim reaper out there yesterday. Glad you got a shot of that. Oh, and thanks for including some eye candy in there too
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A real pro. Thomson.


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Who is that? And did you get her number?
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More from Balcom


Reapers with the Pope


Here they come!


Elk Antler guy has gone to more discrete headwear, but now has a big flag


Are you going to make a move?
Are you?



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Originally Posted by magicant
Who is that? And did you get her number?
Rock Racing podium girl. No.
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But I got more pictures!
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