Well it was a boisterous atmosphere at the Tour of Utah Stage Six Depart at Rice Eccles Stadium, there were cycling starved fanatics of all stripes, including families with children. I arrived late, planning to ride up to Big Mountain, but when I checked my bike the front wheel had an overnight flat, Murphy's law! But I didn't really miss anything, most of the riders were sequestered in their team buses; and the depart was thirty minutes late.
I did wander over to the BMC team bus and saw Cadel Evans. Cadel Evans is the most gracious man I have ever seen. He immediately walked over to the youngest fan in the crowd and signed an autograph; the young man was smiling in genuine happiness; then he posed for photographs holding some of the fanatics young children. I tried to get a photograph, but my camera batteries failed at the most inopportune moment, so nothing exists in long term memory except thoughts of a very charismatic man who is also an outstanding ambassador of our sport.
Of course, I did take some photographs, but alas, most were so horrible that it would be pointless to print them.
Tour of Utah Tenth Year Edition.
Photos from top:
Enrique, a chess pal.
Two DRAPAC Professional Cycling Team (Australia) riders who were gracious enough to allow me to photograph them. Thanks guys!!
Rob Britton (Team Smartstop)
A BMC rider
The National Anthem.
Stage 6 Winner: Cadel Evans 4:34:31 Tour of Utah Winner: Tom Danielson