2009 Tour of California - "3 Riders" Update from the road - Stage 8

2009 Tour of California:  Christian Vande Velde (Garmin-Slipstream) finished 12th
in the Stage 6 Time Trial at Solvang.  After Stage 8, he gave his water bottle to "The 3 Riders..."
photo Copyright © Laura Alber/cyclingfans.com

The finish line announcer at the 2008 Tour of California kept yelling something about "The riders of the Apocalypse!"  It was annoying enough to have stuck with three great cycling fans who travel to the race each year.  Thus, "The 3 Riders of the Apocalypse Featuring Christy Craig" came to be.  Each day of the race, they send a fan perspective and photos to cyclingfans.com.

Update from Escondido

Hard to imagine but this year's Tour was even better than last year's.  

Tip for the day:  talk to your race neighbors!  We made lots of nice friends from those we sat with.

Big shout out and thank you to Christian Vande Velde for giving us his water bottle through our RV window after the race.  The whole Garmin-Slipstream team was gracious all week!

As we discuss all of the moments we agree that the time trial was our favorite.    The best towns were Paso Robles and Solvang.  Our favorite new view was on the hill in Pasadena.  The best action is not always at the start/finish line.

Our goals for next year are to catch a mountain stage and have cocktails with Paul Sherwen and Phil Liggett!

The 3 Riders of the Apocalypse Featuring Christy Craig