|I think the great George Hincapie is giving me the stink eye in this picture.|
It was also pretty cool to be a little bit of a fangirl and get excited that I was so close to bike riding "royalty". Sure, Cadel Evans wasn't there, but his team was! And some pretty great riders were there. Best climber/Polka Dot jersey winner Samuel Sanchez, 16 time Tour de France rider (and the above pictured) George Hincapie, and countless others. Two of the definite highlights though were Ryder Hesjedal and Johnny Hoogerland.
When Hoogerland rode by at the end of the race, I could actually see the scars on his legs...(from a pretty insane incident in the Tour de France involving a media car crashing into some riders).
|Johnny Hoogerland in the flesh|
I have a feeling Ryder Hesjedal really wanted to win this one. He came in 11th (after the peleton split a LOT during the last lap of the circuit) and we could tell that he was really spent at the finish.
|Ryder finishing up in his "ode to Canada" Oakleys|
|Soigneur doing her duty. And Sammy Sanchez's butt.|
Have you ever been to a big bike race? Does it interest you or is it something you can take or leave?
*I took some video, but the quality is TERRIBLE when I upload it to the blog. Any suggestions on how to make it better?