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Under the radar screen


Posted on 4th August, by CClinton in Vince Gee. Comments Off

Only two days off at home after the Tour and I’m now off to NY for a big Criterium. The tour event (Champions Club event) was tiring but I have work to do so I’ll rest later. The race is on August 4th but we had to be there early as usual for sponsor activities. I flew in to Philly on Thursday night. I wanted to loaded the car to drive straight to NY. I landed at about 5:00, had dinner with a few friends and headed to NY at about 8:00. I thought I could logically get to our hotel by 10:30 or 11:00 at the worst. Lucky for me the Holland tunnel was being worked on and down to one lane. I think I spent more gas creeping forward towards the tunnel than actually driving to the off ramp to the tunnel in NY. I actually arrived at about almost 1:00 AM. That’s the breaks though. Sometimes things go smooth and sometimes they don’t. I have to have the “No big deal” attitude otherwise I’d pull my hair out.
Friday night the riders arrived minus Robbie who would arrive Saturday, AM. Saturday was a Q and A session followed by an autograph session at Nike town NY. Fun to see the fans line up to see our team. Not the normal mainstream football/basketball/baseball fans seen here but a fair amount of cycling fans nonetheless.
Sundays race was fairly easy. Since I did not bring the truck, I went the opposite and brought the minimum for 5 riders here. I thought I would take Amy (Soigneur) the scenic route to the start of the race which was a more direct line (than the one I took last year) to the area where we had a VIP set up for sponsors AND close to the pit I wanted to be at. Well, I’ve never seen so many cops in my life. There was a huge radius of blocked street. So bad that I was trying to talk to my boss and drive to see where he was. That was a no-no. Cell phones and driving are illegal in NY and I was sternly told to get off my phone to avoid a $100 fine by the NY cop who saw me.
The race itself was easy as not too many mechanicals at all (of any team). A quick shower, a team dinner, and an easy packing of the car and I was out of there and going towards Philly by 9:00 ish. I had to drive the truck to Chicago in advance for Pro Crits in Downers Grove in a few weeks.
It seemed like I was in and out of NY under the radar screen.





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