Epic Day at Tour of Utah Stage 2 Start

This has been one of the better days I have had this summer. I started the day out with a great 22.0 mile hammerfest with my buddy Shay. The whole time I was so stoked to be able to just be on my bike — I was having a blast today. The legs held up well for those of you who are wondering. Normative power on this ride was only 185 watts and we only pushed 748 kJ, but it was still a really good ride.


I came home , showered and picked up my son who was so excited to go with me to the starting zone of Stage 2 of the Tour of Utah. This is a great stage race that is put on here in our state and we were lucky enough to have the start of Stage 2 less that 2 miles from our house. Of course is is mandatory that we go out.

The Tour of Utah Rocks
We got to the start line about an hour early hoping that we would be able to see some of the big names that are in the race — specifically Levi Leipheimer and George Hincapie. While both of these racers are studs in their own rights, everything I have ready about them really points to them being super hard workers. I love that about them.

But almost immediately, I look at a rider cruising by on the street in what looks like a warm-up and it is none other than Bob freakin’ Roll. I love his exploits while he was riding for Team 7-Eleven back in the day. I love that he convinced Armstrong to not quit racing after his cancer. I love his commentary on the Versus network for the TdF. In short, I would love to roll with Roll. I should have won that contest this year that was put on during the TdF! Of course I got the mandatory “I didn’t get the camera out soon enough” shot…


My boy and I are out looking for riders and we went by Team BMC’s wagon and couldn’t find Hincapie. We walked around more and finally stumbled on Levi Leipheimer. He was mobbed of course and I just felt bad that so many people wanted his attention 30 minutes before the start of a stage. So, I took pics from afar instead of trying to get one with him and my son (which is what I really wanted), and I got this one…


I have a couple more, but this one was the best before the riders lined up on the start line. Levi was very gracious to everyone who asked him to sign stuff, etc.

The Start Line
The Race Officials then called for the racers to line up at the start and all the domestiques rolled up to the start. Then the introductions began. The announcer of course first introduced Bob Roll, the elder statesman of all that is good about American cycling. Here he is relaxing with the head honchos from the day’s sponsor…


Then came Alex Dowsett from Team Trek-Livestrong who is the British U23 Time Trail Champion. Looking at his legs, you would know why he is the Champion. I hate to even think about what his power to weight ratio would be…


Then came the introduction of Leipheimer, who rode in from the wrong direction. I don’t know if he was out on a warm-up, was held-up my well-intentioned fans, or if this is just his style in smaller races like the Tour of Utah.


Then the announcer introduced Hincapie, but because of the press and where he lined up, I couldn’t get a good shot of him. I decided I would try to get one once the race had begun because he was lined up right on the wall where we were standing. This is another great shot I was lucky enough to get as the riders started…


It is going up in my office.

The Best Shot of the Day
My boy and I were cruising around after the racers had left and we stumbled on Bob Freakin’ Roll again. I couldn’t believe our luck. So I told my son to go up and ask if it was alright if they got a picture together and being as gracious as he is, he said yes. I couldn’t believe it — a picture of my boy with Bob Roll. I told Mr. Roll that this was a moment that I would remember even if the boy didn’t.


Can you believe it? What a stud. And Bob Roll isn’t so bad himself either…

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I have been participating in running and triathlons for 10 years and love the feeling that training provides. You may not agree with me, but you know you just can't look away...