My friend Mark drove an hour east of San Diego just so he could stand in the freezing cold, rain and snow to get these pictures of us. He is the man! Thanks Mark!
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This is the lead group on the first lap. There are three Descenders here and you can see Rick smiling. Everyone else is grimacing.
Here I am at the same spot. I’m struggling to maintain contact with Voris (in the clear poncho).
It was cool having Mark on the course, it really lifted my spirits and gave me another reason to leave it all on the road.
This is a great shot of an unknown rider in no-man’s land.
The lead group (with three Descenders on the front) beginning lap two climbing. Logan looks great here.
Me at the same spot, searching for my legs.
Trying to strike a pose for the cameraman – did it work?
Tucked and aerodynamic, just starting to feel better. This is when I realized I could start catching people.
I’m on the front of our chase group, climbing the last bits on La Posta Road. Dave (behind me) is getting ready to jump out and hammer downhill. Also, there’s Yellow-Jersey-Guy (Josh).
Big, wet, sloppy flakes – I love this photo of the four of us. I had no idea Blue-Jersey-Guy was back there.
I’ve always wanted to chuck a bottle like the pros. I don’t know why, just because it seemed cool.
Coming into the finish, I had nothing left for the sprint. Voris and Josh (Yellow-Jersey-Guy) duked it out for 20th and 21st, leaving me 22nd.
The end of my first road race. I’m proud of my results knowing that I gave it my all and left everything on the road.