I did the drive yesterday from Topeka to Vail. I wanted to watch the end of the Tour stage on cobbles before I left. Man, that had a lot of drama in it, huh? I can’t really agree with T.J. about questioning whether cobbles belong in the Tour. I think that the cobbles are part of bicycle racing in Europe. And that having one stage that rides a few sections of cobbles isn’t extreme. The problem was the rain. Most of the crashes occurred before the cobbles. I doubt they would say they should take a mountain stage out of the race if it is raining. You need to be able to handle your bike. Rain makes that a more tricky. Luck is involved, for sure. But, that is the case, as always, in the sport.
The drive went pretty well. It is 650 miles. I got here around 7:30 Colorado time. I really don’t have anything to do out here. Bill and Brian are racing a Leadville qualifier on Saturday in Leadville, but other than that, I don’t have an agenda. I figure if I’m just hanging out, I might as well be hanging out somewhere beautiful. I’m staying across the valley from Vail Village, 1.5 miles up the hill. It is a huge house that my friend Stacie rented from her family. I slept in my van last night with Bromont. The house has a no dogs policy, so I’m staying with him. He has always slept with a human, so I’m not leaving him along in the van, even though I know he’d be fine.
Okay, I’m going to try to ride a little late. Maybe along Gore Creek. I’m pretty sure I can’t ride back up to the house, but I bet I try. We’ll see.
On a sadder note, my friend, Hiram Salvini, died on July 4th. He had battled ALS for a long time. Hiram was a fixture in Kansas cycling, plus a super nice guy. He will be greatly missed. Here’s a link to a Facebook page if you want to leave a message.