… No, I’m not referring to the end of Game of Thrones … although it is kinda sad that it is over. No, I’m referring to the fun of seeing the Amgen Tour of California, live, and in person, along the route. I really had a lot of fun this year. Yes, I did take a week off of work to see this … My reasoning? I am a cycling racing fan, and when it comes to your backyard, you don’t want to miss out.
I thought this year, I wouldn’t be able to make up the mountain tops, where I could see suffrage of the racers climbing the highest mountains. However, I amazed myself, and I was able to climb climb and climb. I made it seeing the pack reach the KOM at Mt. Hamilton on Stage 3, and seeing the big gaps being created because of this. I think a lot of riders were still recovering from the previous day, where the climbed all the way up to South Lake Tahoe, with 10,000+ feet of climbing … and this day was no slouch either .. I think it had 9,000 feet.
I then drove down to Ventura on Thursday, seeing Stage 1 of the womens race at the finish line, and Stage 5 of the Men’s race. It was really windy, and it was a fun, carnival-like atmosphere.
Then, the big day, queen’s stage on Glendora Mountain Road (GMR) to Mt. Baldy Ski Lifts. That was a blast, especially climbing to the Ski Lifts. The highlight was passing by Phil’s Cookie Corner, and the craziness there. Then, by good fortune, when we made it to the top, a friend of ours had VIP passes for us, to see at the finish line, under the tents, with food, wine, coffee. That was a blast.
I didn’t have enough, so I climbed up Hwy 2, and climbed Mt. Wilson, then dropped down to see the racers, as they made the descent down Hwy 2, before they reached Pasadena.
Not only did I have a great time watching the race, I got in 5 good days of riding … Let’s see … Monday, 31 mi/3675 ft, Tuesday, 47 mi/4700 ft, Friday, 54 mi/7900 ft, Saturday, 35 mi/4500 ft. That’s a lot of climbing.
Oh, and if you want to see the pics I took, here is my flickr link … https://flic.kr/s/aHsmyd4BKf
I guess all good things must come to an end … today was tough, first day back at work … and all the emails … ugh … and I still have a bunch I have to go through.