The day began with my coworker and I have time trial it through the streets of Berkeley trying not to miss the train EVERYONE else was on. After running a few red lights, my fastest ever Bart ticket purchase (I only have 3 in the books, so not a whole lot of competition) and running down an escalator in cycling shoes, we walked up just as the train was pulling in. I am guessing we had about a minute to spare...just like we planned it.
|The GU Crew|
|Totally should have entered the race...|
|Still Smiling...probably haven't started climbing the "Real" stuff yet!|
I was sweating so much, I could barely hold on to my handlebars, the sunscreen that was on my face was dripping into my eyes which was burning and made it almost impossible to see plus I had no idea where the top actually was. All I wanted to do was just stop, get off and start walking. But walk...with a tri bike...around all these cyclists...NEVER!!! I was going to keep peddling until either my legs fell off or I started rolling backwards. I am happy to report neither actually happened but I am pretty sure, it was only a matter of time.
|San Jose in the distance.|
|Have you tried the new GU?|
|Bike Rack / Barbed-Wire Fence|
|A view from above the finish line.|
|Chris Horner- The Stage 4 and eventually race winner.|
|Andy Schleck (left) and Levi Leipheimer (right)|
|One final climb to the line.|
|And back down the mountain they go.|
|The Pelaton reaches the top.|
All in all, I can’t think of a better day at the office. Pretty cool to be able to get out of work, jump on the bike and see the finish of the largest stage races in the US.