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

Tuesday, April 25, 2006

Nose bloodied in Georgia

Stage 6- ToG Georgia
April 23, 2006

The last stage was similar to stage 4 for me. The cold heated up again and the phlegm cough was sputtering about the whole time. I struggled once more to do the pack finish. Danny, Craig & Will made the break. Will attacked and managed to ride away from the break with some guy on Health Net. They stayed away until we got 3 of 6 finishing circuits done. He was so close it was painful to watch as they passed us going the other way and finally got caught. He earned the most aggressive rider jersey though, so the effort wasn’t totally in vain. The most important thing of the entire race, in my opinion, wasn’t that we got 34th overall (surprise) it was that we were by far the most aggressive team in the peloton. We made the race instead of following it, and if we suffered on overall GC & team GC because of it, so be it…