Posted by: emilybybike | May 28, 2010

Back to Tour of Cali – Bakersfield Finish

With a few bumps in my path the past few days (again – thankfully  a happy ending) it’s time to get back to the fun parts of cycling! So a little more from my adventures with biking at the Tour of California!

Back to cycling truly being the sport that can come to you – it’s also a sport where you can get up close to some of your favorite athletes without having VIP passes, tons of money or random chance to see them out in public.

Mic Rogers and Peter Sagan just after finishing 1-2 on the stage

Stage 5 of the Amgen Tour of California went from Visalia to Bakersfield, through the San Joaquin Valley, including a King of the Mountain at Old Stage Road and finished with 2 1/2 laps on a circuit in Bakersfield, including the 10% China Grade.  Not the easiest stage – especially for the tour’s sprinters and Bakersfield, lived up to its name and was baking hot. Coming across the finish line – the racers looked beat, and some, like Mark Cavendish, could have benefited from a little bit of sunscreen.

But perhaps due to the long day in the saddle and baking sun, once across the finish, riders casually spun back to their team trucks, riding by and waving an eagerly waiting spectators. And while it’s fun to watch them speed past – watching the racers just after finishing does give fans a better opportunity to get that Kodak moment of their favorites. Pretty neat to have the names you hear over and over again in connection with the world’s biggest cycling events (Tour de France; Paris-Roubaix; Giro d’Italia etc…) riding less than 10 feet from you.

George Hincapie – US National Champion finishes

2010 Paris-Roubaix Winner, Fabian Cancellara with 2010 Ghent Wevelgem Winner, Bernard Eisel

3-Time Paris-Roubaix Winner and 2006 World Champion – Tom Boonen

Andy Schleck – 2009 Tour de France Best Young Rider and 3rd Overall cruising by

And yes, we did see Lance, but unfortunately this was the day he crashed out….next year maybe!

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