Our Roster: Barry Miller, Chad Beyer, Chris Horner, Evan Murphy, Matthieu Jeannés, Michael Olheiser, and Thomas Vaubourzeix.
Stage 1 – 20km TTT – Santo Domingo <--Strava Link to Stage
26 hours 17 minutes 26 seconds
8167m of climbing
Crazy Times in the Dominican
- There were only 2.5km between the 20km to go sign and 10km to go sign on stage 3. Thank goodness the 10km sign was correct.
- For the entire 11 days in the Dominican I wasn’t able to eat one green vegetable, most dinners were rice, on pasta, on chicken, on potatoes. So few colors.
- Not one stage was the correct distance according to our tech guide besides the TTT and Circuit Race.
- Half our team has gotten stomach sick and had to use natural facilities while the race was on, 2 gloves were lost
- On stage 4 a wild horse ran next to the lead group through one of the towns
- 3 nights didn’t have a warm shower
- 2 nights were spent in a hotel with a water bed
- I bunny hoped a speed bump between a pathfinder and a Firetruck at 30+mph in the final Kilometer of stage 6
- Cars passed the peloton on the closed highway by driving on the shoulder of the highway where traffic is open going the OTHER WAY and then cross back over. Today a tour bus cut over halfway through peloton.
Time for Vacation
All week Phil told us the race was great as training and to bond as a team. It definitely worked, we’re way closer as a unit after this race then we were after team camp and I can’t wait to sell out with these guys as the year goes on. Our Mechanic Zack was a rock star all week and assuming we didn't kill him or force him to quite he's going to be a huge asset to the team this year. Good mechanic skills but more importantly a love for his job and good attitude that make a world of difference.
It was a crazy hard start to the year but I got through it and the legs feel pretty good all things considered. From here on out racing is going to feel like a breeze. Sure the racing is always hard, but at least I can drink the water, eat the vegetables, get wifi at the hotel, and not ride a janky bus 4 hours back to the host hotel. I flew back to San Diego to enjoy some good weather and begin prep for the first batch of US races this year, San Dimas, Redlands, and Sea Otter. Looking forward to it.
Keep those pedals moving,