[quote]Zap Branigan wrote:
Watching it on tv would be a bore, but being there in person you can feel the excitement crackling in the air…hearing the crowd roar as they come around the corner, seeing a pack of 50 bikes whizzing by 6 feet in front of you so quickly they’re just a blur…
And then is it over? Do the spectators move to another spot to see them go by again or do they drink more wine and go home?
I remember when we were kids we handed out water to the marathoners and they were strung out in a long line. It seems the TDF they would all go by one spot in a matter of minutes. Is this the case?[/quote]
That’s the case throughout most of the route, but Santa Rosa is different. The bikers ride in from the west end of town and they make three circuits around the downtown area. I watch them whizz by, then I run down a couple of blocks to see them going in the other direction, then I run back again. So, I see them a grand total of 6 times.
Plus, this year was a little different; Santa Rosa was also the beginning of Stage 2 the next day, so I woke up early and got to see the start. (No multiple circuits for this stage, however.)
They also have a little bike/health fair going on at Old Courthouse Square the entire day, where you can get free samples of sports drinks and protein bars, and buy over-priced biking equipment.
I’m not really a huge bike race fanatic, it’s just that it feels like a sin to not attend an event like this that’s only a couple minute’s walk from my house!