What a great weekend in Boulder. The weather was a amazing, the riding was spectacular, and the amount of other riders out was insane. The only time I've seen more people out riding was during RAGBRAI. It was almost a constant flow of riders in both directions.
I had 3 great rides and two included pretty good mountain sized passes. These were no Paris Mountains either, these were both over 8 miles long at altitude. I could really feel it, especially at the top when I was over 9,000ft. The other thing you could feel is the temperature drop. But no big deal. I got to the top after an hour or so of riding and was at the bottom in around 15min.
After a few days of training it was time to finish of the drive to California. We hopped back on I70 in Golden Colorado and headed to Redlands. What a drive! I70 in Colorado/Utah has to be the most scenic road I've ever driven. I've never taken so many pictures on a drive. Unfortunetly not one of them could do the scenery justice.
Part of our drive. I could post endless amounts of photos, but this is just a sample of the scenery.
We ended up stopping in Vegas for the night as the boys wanted to see it. They headed out and I headed to bed. I was surprised to see them stroll back in less then 2hours after being out. They pretty much had the same feeling as I did about Vegas. Unless you are seeing shows or going to a fancy restaurant there wasn't much to do other then drink/gamble. Nothing they were up for that night. Now I'm sure there are clubs and parties and what not, but you'd really have to be up for that.
Stopped on the drive to take some pictures as it was just a great backdrop.
We made for the final push on Tuesday for California and finally made it early Tuesday afternoon. We got a solid ride in on the sunset loop which is a great ride. Then at 9pm at night I continued with my directors duty by driving another 2.5hrs for an late night airport pickup. By 12:30am we were all at the hotel as a team.
Yesterday we did our first big team ride together, all in matching kits and it finally felt like a team. Thanks to our sponsors, Astellas Oncology, Pactimo, GU, and Rudy Project North America. Also with our race wheels being delayed we are able to hook up with Rokkit Wheels. They were very generous in overnighting some sweet carbon wheels for us to race at Redlands. Can't wait to test them out this week.
The Astellas Oncology Cycling team out at Redlands. Got a pretty good team photo on Panoramic Point Rd.