As we headed to Solvang there were cars parked about a mile or more outside of the town. I could not believe the amount of people! I was really worried because there was no way I could have walked that far with my bad Achilles. I had John venture into town to see if we could find a spot, and lucky enough we found one a few blocks off of the main street! I was SO thankful.
We decided to stand just after the finish line to watch the racers. Here is John in his action ready pose.
Two hours later some nice ladies snuck in next to us and mentioned that you should never trust someone with spikey hair. Do you see the lady in the white shirt and sunglasses? That is who she was referring too.
After standing for an hour or so I decided I needed to rest my foot so I sat on the ground to make sure my place was saved. I could peak out behind the posters on the rails to see some of the riders coming in. Here was my video taking technique.
Across the way we saw this really cute baby!! Check out his riding suit!
One of the first big names that came in was George Hindcapie:
We later found out that the cute baby's dad was this guy:He held the baby on stage later and we saw it on the news.
Here is Lance riding in. It was so cool to see him. The crowd went CRAZY! John got this great photo too.
Here is Levi right after he crossed the finish line and won the timed trial. He knew he was on his way to a 3-peat, hence the three fingers he is holding up.
Here are a few videos that I took.
Lance riding in:
Levi finishing the trial:
After the race John noticed the Astana bus so we headed over to check it out. Right as we walked up a huge crowd of people walked away, so I thought I might have just missed seeing Lance. I decided to hang around anyway with a bunch of other people, and low and behold Lance came out of the bus!
I didn't have anything for him to sign, so I just took some photos and videos.
What killed me were all these middle aged women swooning over him! I couldn't believe it. A sex symbol? What about an awesome athlete? Reguardless it was pretty cool to see him signing autographs.
Overall the timed trail was great and made the waiting a lot more worth our time. Despite our awesome parking spot we wound up in two hours of traffic trying to get out of the town. We were very excited about it.