Wednesday, May 26, 2010

May 16 - Tour of California (METoC Day 3)

Here comes the peloton!

Day 3 was focused on finding a good spot to watch stage 1 of the Amgen Tour of California. We picked this area because it was a hill climb and it featured the tallest bridge in California. However, aside from a four-man breakaway lead group, the peloton was intact and flew by us like it was nothing. I guess an 8% uphill grade is nothing to these guys.

I'm far from happy with the photos I got of the race today. The plan was to get a nice shot of the cyclists with the bridge in the background, then switch to closeups. I failed on the former and the problem with the latter is that I have no idea who most of these guys are. The real disappointment for me is that I didn't get any shots of Lance. (Actually, I do see him behind a bunch of other riders in one of my shots).

In any case, it was a fun day. Watching these bike races in person is a lot of time and effort for about 30 seconds of action. I'd probably do it again though.


  1. The Shacktus!! After reviewing all my shots, Lance is nowhere to be found in any frame from that day. So weird. Your bridge one is better than anything I got. I completely left that out. Fail.

  2. Now that I think about it, the bridge shot completely captures the anticipation of that day. "Here comes the peloton!" And before you know it, "There goes the peloton."