2009 Tour of California - "3 Riders" Update from the road - Stage 5


2009 Tour of California, Stage 5: Mark Cavendish (Team Columbia-Highroad) beats
Tom Boonen (Quick Step) to the line.
Copyright © 2009 The 3 Riders of the Apocalypse Featuring Christy Craig


2009 Tour of California, Stage 5:  The 3 Riders of the Apocalypse Featuring Christy Craig
await the peloton in Paso Robles.
Copyright © 2009 The 3 Riders of the Apocalypse Featuring Christy Craig
 

Update from Paso Robles

Tips for the best ToC experience ever..

            Be a pro team rider.  If you can’t do that

            Be a directeur sportif.  If you can’t do that

            Buy a VIP pass.  If you can’t do that

            Get an RV and get yourself to each stage really, really early.

We arrived in Paso Robles very early, finding free parking on the street just 1 block from the finish. After parking the RV with only slight damage to some tree limbs, one of our group went for a run and scoped out the town.  Another of our group headed out to check out the park/finish area and snag a nice spot for our chairs about 5 feet from the finish line.  The last of us (and the most sensible) had a nice cup of hot tea, and a croissant, relaxed and did a little reading.  RVs are the way to go when following the tour.

Loved Paso Robles, the wine tasting was everywhere, the wine was terrific.   The finish was in a beautiful park with lots of space for all the vendors.  A great location.  We would come back in a minute.

Tip for the day..check your twitter often.  We missed Lance Armstrong who was literally across the street from our parked RV at the Wellness Center by less than 2 minutes simply because we did not check our Lance Twitter often enough.  Sigh.

The 3 Riders of the Apocalypse Featuring Christy Craig