|The lead break away approached Auburn.|
Riding up towards Bowman school, I was beginning to fret that I left too late and would miss the peloton, getting a flat on the way didn't help. But I found a good spot just past Bowman school and waited with a handful of other enthusiasts for the race to approach, turns out I had plenty of time to change out my inner tube while waiting.
The lead breakaway reached us at just about 12:15, having started in Nevada City at 11:00. An hour and 15 minutes to cover a stretch that has taken me at least twice that time!
|They were moving at a smart pace at this point.|
climb of the day was on Highway 49, going up to Cool from the American River confluence. It also said that that climb was a mere category 4, the least difficult! That's a little ego-deflating! What an hors categorie climb is like I can only imagine!
I got a surprise as I was snapping pictures of the peloton zipping by. I heard something plop into the weeds next to me as the riders as the riders passed. I looked over and found a half empty water bottle lying there! Nice. Then as I was riding away to go home, I found a second one on the shoulder! Both discarded by the riders as they received replacement bottles on this quiet, flat stretch of road! So I got a couple of nice souvenirs from the Amgen this year!
Although I'm no racer, it's always nice to have the race come by, just to see the excitement for cycling it generates, This year, for example, leading up to the opening day there was a page-one article in the Sacramento Bee about the tire sizes the pros are using this year! Now that's something I never would have thought would happen!
|The support vehicles were following.|
|...and bringing up the rear.|
|My big score for the day!|