Tina and I just returned from a great week watching the Discovery Team on their last bike race on American soil.
Sunday, prior to the race: We rode the route for a fund raiser with 600 riders from the Plaza back to ReVerse for lunch.
Monday afternoon: Autographs and pictures of the Discovery Team at the Trek Store.
Tuesday: We watched the start of Stage 1, lunch in the Plaza with PVYC friends and then 3 laps at 55th and Ward Pkwy.
Tina and I drove to Augusta, MO on Thursday for a couple of off days and then watched stage 5 with Ragbrai friends Bill, Julie, Rag Brian, Bob and Dessa. Dinner in St. Charles with crew, adding Brian H, his wife Carol and Brian V’s wife.
Sunday, Stage 6: The crew went for a bike ride of the route, stopping at a bike shop for VIP passes, etc, while Tina and I set up at the Start/Finish. Downtown St. Louis for a 70 mile crit, with the Arch in the background, mostly in front of the new Union Station. Party afterwards with Teams…free drinks and dancing.
All in all, it was an exceptional week full of surprises, perfect weather, tons of laughter and fantastic racing. Hopefully, I’ll get more pics posted this week.