As soon as we got back to the office I searched on the internet and found out that the riders would be arriving in Sacramento between 2:40 and 3:15PM. When it got close to that time, I grabbed my camera and headed out to watch the race. Unfortunately, my camera batteries were low and so I wasn't able to get very many good pictures. To make matters worse, my knowledge of the course was not only insufficient, it was also incorrect, so while I thought I was close to the finish I was actually about 3 blocks away from it. I realized this soon enough that I was able to be pretty close to the finish in time to watch it, but I wasn't able to get any decent pictures due to the crowds.
Anyways, here are some of the pictures from yesterday, unedited because I am too busy with finals to worry about making the pictures look better, haha.
|The crowds start to gather to watch the riders enter the last circuit |
portion of the race. (The course was set up so that after the cyclists went
under the arch, they would do a few laps around several city
blocks before the actual finish.)
|The peloton enters the lap portion. Note that the blow-up arch is no longer |
there. The wind had blown it over about 2 minutes before the riders arrived
and volunteers had to work quickly to remove it from the roadway.
|The crowds watch the live video coverage of the race and wait for the |
cyclists to come flying past.
|Here is the arch from the first picture, all collapsed on the sidewalk.|
|The cyclists zoom past the crowds about 1 block past the finish line.|
|Ben Swift receives the leader's jersey.|
|Stage Two Podium|
|Pro cyclist signs a fan's page. Not sure who this is, but I think he was |
important. Also note the Chico Wildflower t-shirt that the fan is
sporting. I have the same one!