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Sunday, September 03, 2006

Hometown George wins!

Today, I took my trusty Pro-Flex and headed to Cleveland Park. There is a spot on Woodland Circle that I thought would be a good place to take some pictures. Here I'm including some pictures from lap three of the USA Cycling Professional Championship. By the way, George Hincapie, riding on his home course, won the race.

Here the leaders (at that point) head up the hill after going through the feed zone. Most had taken on their carb load by this time. In this first group, I could only pick out Levi Leipheimer in this group. It was hard to distinguish who was who looking through a view finder. The pictures didn't tell me much either.

There was a small group of riders between the initial group and this one. Again, I couldn't figure out any of these riders. If you know any of them, point out which is which.

This picture is sad and kind of funny in a sick sort of way. I watched this lone rider come up the hill. He was plodding along. He then looked back and saw the sweeper car coming up behind him. Suddenly he put his head down and pushed a little harder. I'm afraid that before the day was over, he had to get off the bike and get in the van. He was fading and he still had to do Paris Mountain two more times.

I admire him though. He had already done Altamont Rd. three times. I turned to an official photographer standing nearby. I told her, "I wouldn't need a sweeper car. I would need a scooper car!"

It was fun. I would have liked to have chased them all around to take in the whole spectical. However, I had other things to do and was not able to be at the finish line. I sure hope that they will be back next year.


At 4:32 PM, Blogger James said...

Wow, it doesn't look like there were too many spectators in that part of Cleveland Park. Looks like you found a good spot to watch.

At 5:40 AM, Blogger Jonathan Pait said...

I was surprised that there were not more. I could hear the crowds cheering and clanging their cow bells down in the feed zone, but where I was only three of us watched.


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