There are a number of things you should never try to do with another person in tow - go to the Louvre, go Christmas shopping, get a massage, and go to the start of a stage race. It is almost impossible to keep tabs on another persons whereabouts when led by fancy from one shiny rock to the next. There are a lot of shiny rocks at stage starts. Ooh there goes Jens, was that George, oh my is that Bernie again, and wait I just gotta chase down Jonathan Vaughters one more time.
Uh-oh where is Kenny? I lost Kenny! Oh well, doesn't everyone know to meet at the Start line when lost, I am sure we were all taught this at age 6. Right? Yes right, because loosing Kenny resulting in two fans going hog wild at the start in Livermore California, and capturing these fabulous fan photos below (and at my previous post Stage 4 Amgen Tour of California). Plus I eventually found Kenny at the Start line and he had a blast in my absense.
Thirty minutes later Kenny got back at me for loosing him, when he told me, "get off the freeway here I'm gonna ride over (to the finish)". He proceeded to get out of the car dressed in civilian clothes, walked back to take his bike off the car and said to some passing cyclists headed up the road to the back side of Sierra Rd, "see you soon". "See you soon," I said, "see you soon ... gees Kenny." "What," he said, "I'm gonna see them soon". He hadn't even gotten dressed in his kit yet.
A short while later Kenny flew by those cyclists on the road as they said, "oh there he is!". Cyclists have good humor when out for fun. I drove the car into San Jose. I was feeling good about loosing Kenny a second time, the alternative would have been trying to keep up with him on a bike (he's fast, he just got 7th at Escape from Alcatraz!). It was okay, I was on the lower part of Sierra Rd, Kenny was at the top, 3 km away without any cell phone coverage! Lost again.
Kenny later reported that Bernhard Eisel taught him humility on the way back down the hill that day, when Bernie yelled at Kenny to move over. Of course Kenny and the local he had found to ride with thought that was totally cool. "I got yelled at by Bernhard Eisel!" Kenny said with a huge smile.
All Photos by Karen at PedalDancer.com and Kenny Rakestraw, edited by PedalDancer
|Rory Sutherland and teammates|
|Lquigas Cannondale Bikes|
|Ted King's bike|
|I see Voigt, and Schleck and ...|
|Greg Hendersen in the Leaders Jersey|
|Johan Vansummeren (all of him this time)|
|I see Markel Irizar Aranburu|
|back side of Sierra Rd|
|Stage 4 mountain top finish in San Jose|
|Luis Romero Amaran arrives at the top|
|Andy Schleck's legs|
|Andy Schleck and Bob Roll|
I was hanging out on the road above the music blaring from this partay where the road was steep!
|Typical roadside Fans checking their Versus Apps to see who is coming next|
|here they come|
|don't act like you don't know the Ape, he is wearing the same kit you are|
|The Bissell Ape scared off the Leader|
|Jason McCartney, Martin Pedersen, Charles Wegelius|
|Bernhard Eisel, Ted King and a peloton of others|
|After race interviews by the Guys from VeloNews.com|
I also enjoyed this blog post (and video) from another fan on the mountain that day: Sevencyclist's Blog ATOC Stage 4 – a Bay Area Cycling Holiday!