On the start ramp, the announcer, dressed like he is everyday (pink polo with hard-popped collar, jeans and Nike hightops) looks and nods at Gert Steegmans, Team Omega Pharma Quickstep, knowingly on account of Guns and Roses, Welcome To The Jungle having just started and who wouldn’t want to start their Individual Time Trail with Welcome to The Jungle playing super loud on a Major Concert-level speaker system draped in pink chiffon tissue paper and pink balloons? “Talk about auspicious,” is what their eyes/smiles said, like an invisible-fist-bump to each other as dude steadied himself for the countdown.
Team Vini Fantini-Selle Italia using a Taxi-cab Minivan for one of their Time Trial follow cars. The service was Taxi Gabicce.
An old man walking with two ceramic cups of espresso in hands on the way from the bar to the table where his wife was seated and patiently awaiting his return. Eyes facing down, staring at his hands, focusing and concentrating on his walk back to the table. The espresso cups were full and his hands were shaking very badly, the cups rattled.
This year I decided to commit wholly and completely to Science and Technology. I purchased a Top of the Line Trainer, I subscribed to TrainerRoad, I outlined my goals, plugged in my dates, and I got down to it.