Playing Catch-Up

Well, the 2014 Amgen Tour of California starts in 2 days, and this year both Stage 1 and Stage 2 are practically in my back yard. The buzz of activity around the American River Bike Trail is already increasing; and while I was out walking this morning I may or may not have seen a quartet of pro cyclists fly past me. They were going fast enough to have been “the real thing”… or they may have just been some local hotshots wearing team jerseys. I know which version I prefer!

And since it’s now nearly the last minute before this year’s race kicks off, I thought I should (finally) post some of my photos from Stage 8 of the 2013 AToC.

I stood on the corner of Bodega Highway and Jonive Road, right near this sign.
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Jonive Road is a fairly short but steep climb, and it was a pretty popular site for the fans.
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As I stood there waiting for the race to arrive, this guy walked past me.
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Things were starting to get busy as the race drew nearer.

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One of the many, many, many CHP officers escorting the peloton…

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I had chosen my spot carefully, and I was in good position to check out the riders as they flowed around the corner.
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In fact, I was so close to Jens Voigt I could have reached out and touched him! My camera wasn’t very happy, but oh well. I knew this might be my very last chance to see Jens in a bike race.
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If you look closely, you can see the Golden Jersey… well, one shoulder anyway.
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I always wait for the broom wagon to go by.

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The Big Guy also got some great photos with his Nikon.  He was standing further up the hill from my position.

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And here was a surprise — it happened directly in front of him…

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Here’s hoping we get some amazing photos of this year’s race!

 


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