Posted by: Double-Dee | April 9, 2008

Redlands Classic….. The lesser known side

The following is a look inside bike racing from… um, the inside.

My rear view to Redlands

My View during the Beaumont stage riding jump

Alex- Borrowing bandwidth and about to get a wet butt despite a warning

 Show and tell-  Bike racer style

Team Tibco’s mechanic had a true redneck moment when there spare wheel fell off the team van due to a broken hanger on the way to the feed zone on the sunset loop.  One of Tibco’s riders, who was no longer racing ,went down the road to get it-  120lb girl, 70lb wheel , 1/2 mile sort of uphill, hmmmmm.  Luckily she and the wheel were picked up by some local in a pickup truck.

Aaron’s team mechanic John became “de feed Mu-cheen” complete with cellphone speaker provided Duran  Duran music during the Sunset Circuit Race.  The race did not allow caravan support so the mechanics all helped out in the feed zone.  I waited like a Cyclocross mech with a bike prepped for Alex on each lap just in case…  D. all about d’ binness.

The scariest words a mechanic can hear-  Dave, do yo think I can put the top on???? 

Tan lines? what tan lines?

Alex autographing jerseys before the podium ceremony

Right on. I mean, really, how else you gonna show off all that stuff.

So there you have a little look behind the Redlands classic.  More to come soon.

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  1. Dude, if the bike mechanic thing doesn’t work out, maybe you could do some comedy writing….liked the back scene stuff a lot, you crack me up…. thank the bike goddesses that you have a sense of humor otherwise you might just lose your mind with all you are juggling….you keep writing, we are out here following along……


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