It was really kind of nice and low key. The riders are all totally top flight, and the peleton was pretty big, I would guess around 150 riders. When we reached the top and regrouped, we were able to hang with the race official who had a radio telling us the timing. We had time to ride into town for some paninis to bring back to the top, which we did. A break away group of 5 came first, and three of them sprinted away at the top for the extra points available. Fun to watch the acceleration they can produce on a relatively steep climb. After another 5 minutes, the whole peleton came by, which was awesome. What a colorful site with all the pro kits and excellent riders.
A couple of impressions were that they are so smooth with their pedal motion it was cool. Definitely something to work on always. Also, there are so many vehicles associated with a pro race like this, around 40 motorcycles, probably around 50 team cars, and other associated vehicles. Really cool and fun. They were gone before you knew it, and all of us but Francesca decided to descend to Figline, then climb to La Panca, then cruise home through Strada. Just a super fun day. Again, a privilege to be here and enjoy the cycling community and culture. Wow! 45.5 miles in 3:12 rolling time for an average speed of 14.2 mph with 3734 vertical feet climbed at a sun effected temperature of 74. Che Bello!
Beautiful tour to Poggio alle Croce to watch the pro race. by ridingwithcosimo at Garmin Connect - Details
Our group from the team starting the climb toward San Polo
on another simply perfect day for riding.
Awaiting the pro peleton - people looking downhill for the riders,
a few people up top, and probably around
$100,000 worth of bikes lying there.
Here comes the peleton.
The colorful pro peleton. So much fun to watch them fly by
with perfect form and a seemingly effortless pedal stroke.