Caren Ware's Blog

May 22, 2010

Phased! World’s Best: Amgen Tour of California Cycling Stage 6.

Filed under: Uncategorized — Caren Ware @ 6:36 am

Today was Phase 6 of the Amgen Tour of California, a USA born Tour de France. (Check out http://www.amgentourofcalifornia.com) Some of the worlds best cyclists raced from Palmdale in the high desert to Big Bear at 7,000 feet. Tomorrow they will be doing speed laps around downtown Los Angeles. And Sunday they will end on a hill circuit in the Santa Monica Mountains out of Thousand Oaks. But TODAY…they were in my backyard, my training roads, my hill climbs. Two great places to ride are the backside of Crestline out by Silverwood Lake on Hwy 138…and parking at Snow Valley and riding to Big Bear going around the lake through Fawnskin. Both have killer hill climbs ,but great open stretches and lots of curves.
I pal-ed around at the finish line. Great crowd. Great expo. But I do finish lines for a profession. I had to experience the pack so I clipped in and rode all the way back out to what we call ‘the Artic Circle’. That is the stretch of Hwy 18 after the hill climb out of Running Springs. It opens up , has drop offs ,and is hugging the mountainside.Trecherous in icy, snowy conditions. And vast and remote, what one should envision the mountains to be.

I stood out there. It felt like waiting for the arrival of a baby. Any day now! And finally, little signs of the soon to be miracle. A helicopter hovering in the distance. Motor cops speeding by. Course marshals clearing the way. (whimsical looks at me as to how I got out there on my lone spot.) And then camera men on the backs of motorcycles and the leaders come whizzing by. Fittest human beings I have ever seen. Then the support cars with the bikes. It was all so delightful. I was thrilled.

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