Sunday, May 19, 2013

#ATOC Day 7 .... the Queen Stage

After a much needed rest day while the pro's time trialled, we were ready to get back into the saddle for  the Queen Stage, a 150km stage with 3 climbs (all with some 16% ramps) culminating in a 20km climb to the summit of Mt Diablo.  This climb is a beauty, a real European style climb with ramps and corners and flats.  At about half way up you look left and think "Really?  All the way up there?" It's a long way.  I was stoked with my form up the climb and the mountain was littered with cyclists and cycling fans.  The last 200m is the toughest and the entry lane to the finish line was cram packed with fans.  Being on the Amgen team, I was allowed through the final check to complete the climb and the fans were screaming at me at I put every last calorie of energy into the summit.  What an amazing experience! My only regret is I had the GoPro on the wrong setting so I missed some amazing footage of the fans, but those few minutes will live in my memory for years to come.
the day ended with a lovely family style meal with Malcolm's family in 20 Sycamore St Mill Valley.  It was just a lovely way to celebrate the approaching end of the tour with some great wines from the napa valley and some really goo food.  Thankyou Hill family, you guys are so dear to us.
The ride today centred around the town of Livermore, a beautiful little all American town.

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