Last night we left the hotel at 8:45 pm to get a few laps on the course before our start. When we got there in the cars it was all barricaded off and we had to slice and dice the downtown to get to the course, which included going the wrong way down some one way streets. We eventually made it on course and basically had to do a lap in the cars. We made it to the bus where the bikes were waiting. Earlier I took some panty hose from the soigners that were prepping ice socks. I walked out of the car with the panty hose on my head like Hyde in “Raising Arizona”, love that movie. We got our shoes on and started out on the course. We did one lap in formation with no problems. On our second lap Julian Dean swung off from the front and didn’t see a lip in the road where a raised bike lane was and he hit the deck hard. He was lucky not to break anything. We made it back to the bus and they taped him up so he could take the start. Not a very fun way to start a grand tour. And it shook up the team a bit having a crash like that.
We went to the start ramp. Tyler was to start for us, he took the first corner so fast I had to leave a safety gap because I was like, no way, no how. We were flying, it was pretty fun racing at night. I looked up while on one of the bridges and the moon was right in my face it seemed. In the end Columbia won the race and we ended up about 6th, I believe. We left the race in the cars to come back to the hotel to get some food only to find out that all the food was on the bus, oops. Eventually the food got to us at the hotel and we all tried to go to sleep around 1am but we were all a little to wired from the race to sleep. Today is a pretty late start which is good and bad, mainly bad because it will be starting during the hottest part of the day and it will be at least 110 degrees.