Flooded roads, fallen power lines and trees and debris all over the road were factors that detracted from the fact that today we passed over the famous Golden Gate Bridge. Fly V Australia presented by Successful Living Foundation team were actually riding front row of the peloton over the bridge with no other than Lance Armstrong beside us.... Flooded roads, fallen power lines and trees and debris all over the road were factors that detracted from the fact that today we passed over the famous Golden Gate Bridge.
Fly V Australia presented by Successful Living Foundation team were actually riding front row of the peloton over the bridge with no other than Lance Armstrong beside us. This guy is such an entity in cycling and the world of politics and business and I commend him for his ability to be so successful whilst juggling all of his commitments and obligations. The peloton are happy that he is back. Anyways. I put an extra layer of thermal gear on today to combat the cold on a cruel early stage start – 8:30am. That means 5:30am for the pre-race meal and a break in the routine that we were just getting ourselves into. 2 undershirts, a jersey, a thermal jacket, a thick rain coat, a pair of knicks, leg warmers, socks, wetsuit booties, a beanie, a cap and 3 pairs of gloves were all responsible in keeping me dry today and there were still occasions it wasn’t enough. It was 2C and raining on top of the mountains that we passed today. And it was windy along what was an amazing coastline. In the space of just a few kilometres in the middle of stage there were a few crashes involving cars and motorcycles containing riders such as Lance Armstrong and unfortunately, yours truly and another of my teammates – Phil Zajicek. I have bruised ribs and Phil may have a fractured wrist. We made it through the stage though and will fight on throughout the tour. In what was a tough day for our team, two other teammates had to withdraw due to sickness.
Watch the results guys, if the weather continues in this manner, there will be many more abandonees yet. The predictions are for these rare stormy conditions to pass on Wednesday so bring on the sunshine! Crashes are an interesting one. It’s impossible to avoid getting involved with them on occasion and sometimes it is only luck that sees us through unscathed. The first week of the Tour de France is notorious for lots of crashes which was why it appeared that Lance quite often rode just to the side of the peloton with the amazing Viatcheslav Ekimov breaking the wind for him just to avoid the confusion of the bunch and minimizing his risks. As you all know, there isn’t a lot to protect us from broken bones and road rash and with so many riders all vying to win races, there are certainly some dicey occasions. There is always a level of respect amongst the riders though and the more experienced the riders are, the safer, but faster the bunch moves.
Alright all. It’s time for bed for me. Cross your fingers for dry roads tomorrow as we start the first climb of the day after less than 10km.
Ben PS. It’s amazing how much Lance Armstrong’s stolen TT bike is getting so much attention. I promise that it wasn’t me! I can also report that Scotty Davis reported a missing pair of pants, one missing sock, one glove, and one leg warmer tonight as well. I’m going to be onto the first rider I see tomorrow who is only wearing one side of his clothes!