Monday, February 19, 2007
Meet the Pros.
We went to the Amgen Tour of California today! Stage 1 started out in beautiful Sausalito, heading out to the coast, up PCH 1 and back over to Santa Rosa. We drove up north to catch the start of the race and it was really a lot of fun!
I was able to see some of my favorite riders up close and personal. I got some really cool shots of Wendy as she was trying to get autographs from Levi and Paolo. Saw some other big names literally walking right in front of me; Bobby Julich, Jens Voight, Michael Rasmussen and some other Dutch guy sitting next to him.
We walked to the starting area and finally saw the Disco bus! Wendy spotted Tommy D as he was riding off. We walked over to the Volvo wagon and there was another rider coming towards us. It was local boy Levi himself. Everyone crowded around him, as he was trying to get his saddle height perfect. He had to go back and forth 3 times, but he was always nice and even managed to sign some autographs and snap some pictures with fans as he was "working". He then took off to the start line and we all wished him good luck. Maybe more people should have done so because he took a nasty fall at the finish line (on the first of three laps of the closing circuit) when he got home to Santa Rosa.
I also got pictures with Johan and Eki as they were going in/out of the team cars.
All in all, a great day by the Bay and we got to see some *real* pros up close and personal.