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2.25.2009

Tour of California (or Tour of Theft?)

Blossoms - (c) Ken Conley
Photo by Ken Conley

There were lots of great things that happened at this year's Tour of California. We watched Fabian Cancellera race to victory in the opening prologue with a cold that forced him to abandon the next day.
Fabian Cancellara - (c) Ken Conley
Photo by Ken Conley

We watched the riders suffer and persevere through cold rain and wind the first half of the week and ride over the Golden Gate Bridge for the first time ever.
Modesto - (c) Ken Conley
Photo by Ken Conley

Lance Armstrong - (c) Ken Conley
Photo by Ken Conley

Golden Gate Bridge - (c) Ken Conley
Photo by Ken Conley

We saw Lance back in the saddle, not only riding but also promoting LiveSTRONG and his advocacy for cancer research and funding as he promised he would do.
Lance Armstrong - (c) Ken Conley
Photo by Ken Conley

Ultimately, we saw Levi Leipheimer 3-peat the time trial in Solvang and 3-peat his win and put his stamp as the dominator of the Tour of California. What a week of racing!
Levi Leipheimer - (c) Ken Conley
Photo by Ken Conley

Levi Leipheimer - (c) Ken Conley
Photo by Ken Conley

There was so much good to watch with all that great racing and perseverance, but alongside all that good there was some shocking thefts that happened. The Astana trailer was broke into the night after the Prologue and Lance's own time trial bike was stolen along with a few other Astana bikes. (read more on that story here.)If that wasn't bad enough, Dave Zabriskie, the 2nd overall in the TOC and American time trial champion rider for Garmin-Slipstream came home to his house being raided any many valuable items like bicycles, a car, stereo and tv equipment stolen. (Read more on that story here.)

What kind of world is this? I know we are going through hard times, but are people really going to resort to petty theft to solve their problems? Or are these thefts coming from obesseive fans? Who knows. What I do know is that it is a darn shame that our heros of cycling are having to watch their backs and their possessions and that these types of crimes overshadow all of the good that bicycle racing can be about.

On a happy note, however, I have found my new favorite blog to follow. I love both cycling and photography myself and I have discovered photgrapher, Ken Conley. He has taken some of my favorite images from the Tour of California and I am already subscribing to his blog. He is also generous with the usage of his images royalty free. So, Team Potter here will be sharing some of his amazing work with you all on this blog. Please be sure to check out his work at his website and his cycling photoblog, Spare Cycles.
Bixby Bridge - (c) Ken Conley
Photo by Ken Conley


I'm also keeping my eye out for GeoBike to see the latest route for Ragbrai. I haven't seen anything yet, but when I do, I will be sure to post it here.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Outstanding photos. Great update on team potter


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