Friday, May 18, 2012

AMGEN Bike Tour - Stage Six

Today I have something completely different for you....and there are LOTS of pictures. There hasn't been much art done at Chez Random but there was excitement in the neighborhood as the Amgen Bike Tour came to town for stage six of the tour.

The starting point was only about a block from where we live so HB and I walked down to check it out this morning. Luckily we are having spectacular weather and it isn't too hot...probably only in the low 70's when the race began, but we do have some fairly strong wind which could be a factor.

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We were able to get very close to the starting area.

Before too long there was a constant stream of huge
motorhomes and other vehicles
 pouring into the parking area.
The parking area filled up fast.

A local high school color guard
practiced right in front of where we were.

Posing for photos.

Getting ready...

Gotta love the confidence...

Once they got going...

they whizzed by...

in just a couple of minutes!

They will ride 115 miles today! And they'll be going from high desert to mountains. They'll end at Big Bear Lake sometime about 3:50 PM...they left Palmdale this morning at about 10:25. That's a lot of bike riding!! (PS - Jeanie, I took all these photos for your Rick! I thought he might recognize some of the guys.)