Life On Two Wheels

Along the river and toward the mountains a morning shadow shimmers across the road. The rays of the first light jet through the trees and across a figure gliding upon the road. His breath trails in short spurts, petrified as it hits the icy air. All is quiet except the slight sound of the athlete as he summons himself for yet another days work. Soon the rest of the world will bustle with life as well and the brief simplicity of cyclist and nature will disappear into the everyday struggle of life in full motion; the errands and intervals, the appointments and intersections, and the deadlines and finish lines OutPaceTheRace

Wednesday, February 15, 2006

Santa Rosa, CA- Feb 14, '06

Santa Rosa, CA
February 14, 2006

It’s February and to think that I’m actually in the midst of the largest race in the US is shocking. I must honestly admit that last year I never would’ve imagined I’d be racing in a race like this, let alone racing against a team like Health Net- but I am and I’m pretty stoked to be not only doing it, but also competing in it… those two don’t always go together.
Today we pre-rode the first road race. It went from San Francisco to Santa Rosa. This was one of the most scenic rides that I’ve ever done. The course followed highway 101 north adjacent to the shores of the pacific. Much of the early portion of the route wound along a dangerously abrupt 500’ precipice to the water. It reminded me of the west side of Maui, you begin to wonder how exactly they managed to build a road without the burden of its weight forcing the cliff into the ocean. After riding along the cliffs we ended up finishing in the Sonoma County wine country. Here the hills are rolling and covered only in grass, in the depths of the valleys between the rolling hills are quaint little villages. It’s all very picturesque. The weather was great too, 65 degrees, I could probably live here- the drivers just need to be tweaked a bit.
With each passing day we stay in a new hotel, the quality seems to improve subsequently as well, yesterday- the Holiday in, today the Hilton.