Santa Rosa, CA- Feb 14, '06
February 14, 2006
It’s February and to think that I’m actually in the midst of the largest race in the US is shocking. I must honestly admit that last year I never would’ve imagined I’d be racing in a race like this, let alone racing against a team like Health Net- but I am and I’m pretty stoked to be not only doing it, but also competing in it… those two don’t always go together.
Today we pre-rode the first road race. It went from San Francisco to Santa Rosa. This was one of the most scenic rides that I’ve ever done. The course followed highway 101 north adjacent to the shores of the pacific. Much of the early portion of the route wound along a dangerously abrupt 500’ precipice to the water. It reminded me of the west side of Maui, you begin to wonder how exactly they managed to build a road without the burden of its weight forcing the cliff into the ocean. After riding along the cliffs we ended up finishing in the Sonoma County wine country. Here the hills are rolling and covered only in grass, in the depths of the valleys between the rolling hills are quaint little villages. It’s all very picturesque. The weather was great too, 65 degrees, I could probably live here- the drivers just need to be tweaked a bit.
With each passing day we stay in a new hotel, the quality seems to improve subsequently as well, yesterday- the Holiday in, today the Hilton.