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So I was envious of San Francisco riders before...(9 posts)

So I was envious of San Francisco riders before...noveread
Sep 17, 2003 7:04 AM
but after seeing this fun little article at bike.com:

http://www.bike.com/template.asp?date=9%2F15%2F2003&page=2&lsectionnumber=2&lsectionname=Start+Line&lsectiondirectory=startline

...I'm really, REALLY envious now! The author's analogy of being a baseball fan and seeing Derek Jeter hitting shags out back is very appropriate! How cool would it have been to be a cyclist in and around San Francisco during the T-Mobile Int'l event? Especially the few days before? Oh, there goes Gilberto! ...and Vino ...and, and, and...

And I got a kick out of seeing a few US teams at SUPERWEEK...

At least this article lifted my spirits on what has been an absolutely, f@#$ing HORRID morning for me.

Noveread
You should be jealous ;-)The Human G-Nome
Sep 17, 2003 7:13 AM
If a cyclist is considering a move to the west coast, SF is the first city he/she should consider. I can't picture myself ever leaving short of a spectacular job offer. It's just too good here.
I will definitely miss S.F.Fender
Sep 17, 2003 7:35 AM
As Human G-Nome describes, short of a spectacular job offer, I would never leave. Will, I landed a spectaluar job offer (not official yet, but will be soon) in San Diego. While the weather might be awesome, it lacks the hills and great level of racing of S.F. But at least I'll be able to visit.
Racing in San Diego inferior?lanterne rouge
Sep 17, 2003 8:39 PM
I think you may be suprised by the level of racing in San Diego, I would say it would be very comparable, quite a few strong guys down south. I did enjoy riding around the Bay Area the weekend of the T-Mobile. I towed my daughter around the course on a Trail-a-Bike. We got quite a few stares and a few comments on my sanity.
cool link--thanks!velocity
Sep 17, 2003 8:11 AM
Great article! I got a real kick out of seeing the photos of Simoni and his Saeco teammates at Caffe Roma.

...makes me miss SF and, as I periodically do, ask myself why I ever moved back to NYC (actually the riding here is great as well and thank god we have our own big race too!).
Its's not just the city--that whole section of the state's greatcory
Sep 17, 2003 9:13 AM
I didn't get serious about cycling until after I moved from there, but now that I look back on it (and when I visit, which is often), I'm amazed at the number and variety of road and mountain rides in the area. The peninsula south of SF doesn't get much attention, but I grew up there, and it's a terrific place to ride. Varied terrain, never any snow, winter temps in the high 50s to 60s. Too bad about the traffic, but...
Garzelli.... uncensoredWrigleyRoadie
Sep 17, 2003 10:55 AM
I saw Vino in Salsulito (sp?) and then when we were crossing the Golden Gate... There's Garzelli! I almost drove the car off the bridge and created and international incident!

This was nearly the only glimpse I got of him all weekend -I couldn't pick him out in the peleton until half the field had dropped out.
Saw this dude the other day on the road...K_Zero
Sep 17, 2003 3:27 PM
I was finishing up my ride in Sunnyvale when I saw this guy in Saturn uniform riding with no helmet. My first thought was "poseur!" but when I saw the race number on his bike I knew he'd raced in SFGP. I was only a block away from my car so I only exchanged few words with him, but he seemed like a cool guy.

K-Zero
My daughter and I saw Saeco and Domina on the Golden Gatelanterne rouge
Sep 17, 2003 8:47 PM
My daughter wanted to see the Golden Gate Bridge on Saturday. So I asked if she would want to ride over it, she agreed and it turned out to be a great ride, perfect weather and great views. As we were crossing the Golden Gate, we were approching a bunch of guys in Saeco and Domina kit. Sure enough, as we ride past, leading the group is Gilberto Simoni! Very cool. On the way back we saw three Telekom riders, but alas, Vino wasn't with them. Next day we got to Fillmore early enough to be on the barriers about 50 feet from the top and my daughter was in awe when Lance came by. (She is only 9 and Lance is her hero.) It was neat to see Lance (saw him and Hincapie last year.) but the real treat was watching the Euros (Simoni, Garzelli, Vino). I can't wait till Tour time next year, I am headed over to watch for the first time.