|Tour of California 2009 Prologue as published on www.sbs.com.au/cyclingcentral|
Welcome to my account of the Tour of California racing as part of the Fly V Australia presented by Successful Living Foundation cycling team. I'm going to tell it like it is, an honest report of what stressful and joyous occasions that will present throughout the course of the week..... Welcome to my account of the Tour of California racing as part of the Fly V Australia presented by Successful Living Foundation cycling team. I'm going to tell it like it is, an honest report of what stressful and joyous occasions that will present throughout the course of the week. I find it funny/unusual/frustrating that every year, every team, every rider, and every sponsor, know that by February, things in the cycling world need to be organized and underway. But every year, without fail, the majority of teams, including some of the world's biggest teams of whom you would be shocked to know, are running at the last minute to have everything dialed in before the start of the Amgen Tour of California.
I suppose it's a little bit like having a school assignment that you only start at the last minute - that extra pressure of a deadline is needed to give everything a kickstart. Yesterday was the first ride I had spent on a time trial bike since September 08. Today was the second ride and the first day of the biggest race in the US. I won't tell you about the result because you can find that easily enough. But today is the perfect example of how all the fine little details really add up to make a difference. One tenth of a second here, one tenth of a second there and all of a sudden, you're out of the game. But the biggest challenge for this year's race has already been achieved.
Making the start of what is the fourth or fifth biggest cycling race in the world. The work that when on behind the scenes, in the corporate world, with the sponsors and the organizers, and with the team directors, massage therapists and mechanics, after being told only 3 weeks ago that we would be participating at this race is quite extraordinary. I ask today that you all appreciate that part. As for the race ahead of us, we are competing against a field that would make a hell of a Tour de France. But we have talent in our group, we have dedication, and we have desire and we WILL show the world our abilities and determination in the ensuing week. Your support is invaluable so please make yourselves heard and be apart of what we are accomplishing now and in the years to come. Welcome to the 2009 Amgen Tour of California.