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Saturday, May 19, 2012

2012 Amgen Tour of California, Stage 7 Mt Baldy

What a great day of racing.  I headed out at about 8 am on my fixed gear. 46 x 16 and ready to attack Mt Baldy.  The ride up was hard.

When I arrived at the first KOM, it was pretty bleak.  Not much was going on but that changed as we got closer to noon.  By noon, it was packed with tons of spectators. 

Madness, by the time the racers reached the first KOM, it was pure mayhem.  So much fun!

After, I headed down GRR with the hopes of reaching the Maintenance Shed were some friends were waiting with cold drinks and food!  The plan was to watch the racers snake up GMR.  I was a tad too late, because GMR was closed off at East Fork.  I wasn't able to pass until the racers came thru, which was an hour and a half later.

Just above East Fork, Chris Horner was in the lead. 

KOM Madness.  The first KOM is my favorite spot.  So many people and so much mayhem.

Look it is Mark from Incycle.  He wore this costume last year.

Above is Stan.  Below is Eric.  It was nice seeing you guys!

While waiting, I ran into Mike Luna.  We went to HS together.  I had a great time and Mike we need to go on a ride!

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