This is shaping up to be a crazy, busy week for me, so I don’t have much time to post. Quickly though, I want to say that we had a great time Saturday at stage 5 of the Tour de Georgia. Even without Lance racing this year, many fans showed up on a rainy morning to park on the road and walk over 5 miles to catch the finish atop the state’s highest mountain (4784 feet). It was a long hike up to the top of Brasstown Bald, but my kids and I really enjoyed the race as well as the general excitement of the festive atmosphere. The kids were really happy with all the freebies that came their way (hats, water bottles, posters, cards, several packs of Jelly Bellies, and even Toyota United team cowbells). I was just happy to be outside enjoying the race and checking out all the bikes. If you are interested, I have a few pictures from the race uploaded to my flickr page.
As you can see from the picture below, my daughter pulled off a stage win on Saturday (several other sources credit Tom Danielson with the stage victory after a sprint finish with Floyd Landis, but don’t believe everything you read in the mainstream cycling press). Seriously though, she loved having the opportunity to stand up there on the podium at the finish line. Maybe she has a big future in bike racing. At the very least, I hope she grows up to like cycling as much as her dad.