Thursday, May 19, 2011

Random Amgen Observations

There they are. There they went.

I've watched a lot of sporting events, but seeing the bikers at the Amgen Tour of California zoom past at 45 mph may have been the most exciting 30 seconds of sports I've ever seen. Or maybe not.

I spent a half-hour at Seaside City Hall this morning, wandering around the starting gate, absorbing the festive atmosphere. One of the sponsors gave away cowbells, which en masse is about the last thing anyone needs to hear at 8 in the morning.

So I headed up to Gen. Jim Moore Boulevard and South Boundary Road, which was on the biker's route. I didn't realize until I got there that the intersection was actually the start of the race. The start at Seaside City Hall was simply a formality.

About a dozen folks were hanging out at the intersection to cheer the riders along. And it was indeed fun to watch them zoom by.

The roads were closed, of course, and there was a bit of a traffic backup on Gen. Jim Moore, just as The Herald warned in today's publication. So of course some snotty woman shows up at the blockade and starts whining to the officers that she had to get to work, as though the race was some big surprise to her. Sheesh.

So that's pretty much the highlights, at least from my perspective: nice city hall event, cowbells, bikers zooming by at the real start of the race and the whiny woman trying to get to work.

And they say baseball is boring!

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