Here we are again in warm Southern California for the 20th Annual
Bicycle Classic. It all started with my roommate Greg Henderson (Health Net/Maxxis)
and me flying from Denver to Ontario airport just outside of Redlands.
airport the renuions started when I bumped into Jonathan Vaughters who was
trying to corral his new Espoir TIAA-CREF team. He is one of those guys who
will always look fit, just like he is prepping for the tour again, not like he
is the new director for the top U-23 team in the country.
Yesterday was the big arrival for everyone else as well. There have been a
bunch of races already this year but this is the first big stage race of the
year and so far has been a bit of a meet and greet. After a winter away, it is
great to see guys who I have not seen since in a while..
After getting a ride from the Daily Peloton’s own Vaughn, I met up with my
team for the week at registration (Team Healthy Choice). We went for a spin
where we bumped into Gord Fraser (Health Net/Maxxis) who also looks fit and all
recovered from The Tour of Malaysia. That night was team dinner where we got to
see just about everyone else, there was a lot of “How was your winter…?” going
on but it was great to see everyone and weird to see who was riding for what
This week I will be with the Healthy Choice Team:
Ken Wood -soigneur
One of the most important things, but what most people don’t realize, is Host Housing.
Most teams here stay with host families. There are some families that I have
stayed with year after year and I almost feel like part of their family.
Regardless, it is incredible how inviting some people can be. To open up their
house to a team of stinky bike racers is a tall order.
Here in Redlands we are
staying just east of town, up in the mountains, with Jack and Lynette Simonsen.
They have a beautiful home up at 5000’ with a bunk house, wireless internet and
lots of room. What else can someone ask for? We are above all the smog that
you can taste in town and I am not losing any of my altitude advantage that I
get from living in Boulder, Colorado!
Today is the Mt. Roubidoux ITT; it is actually an uphill 5k pain fest... it
is incredible how long 10 minutes can last! We are about to pack up the cars
and head to the start so I better run. I will try and make my next entry more
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From left: Will Frischkorn, Chuck Coyle, Scott Moninger.
Courtesy Chuck Coyle. Click for larger image.