Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Meet and Greet the Cycling Pros

I have only seen them on the big screens, climbing mountains and racing in the Tour de France and other professional cycling races until last week when I had the chance to meet a few of them in person. Cycling enthusiasts were invited to meet and ride with Tour de France Champion Andy Schleck and cycling legends Jens Voigt and Frank Schleck to show support for the Tahoe-Pyramid Bikeway and the Tour de Nez (the annual bicycle race in downtown Reno).

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Last Thursday, hundreds of people gathered by the old Reno arch at the event for the opportunity to have their photos taken with the Schleck brothers and Jens Voigt, get autographs, and ride their bikes alongside the pros.

John met Jens Voight.  It is no wonder why the German pro bike racer is so well liked because he has an outgoing personality.
You don't hear much about Frank Schleck and on t.v. he seemed really shy so I expected him to be standoffish but he turned out to be approachable.  He is a really nice guy and seemed humbled by the event and number of people who showed up to say, "Hello. I am your fan and thank you for being here."
I also had the chance to shake Andy Schleck 2010 Tour de France champion's hand but I was so nervous and starstruck by him that all I could do was blurt out, "Hi I'm Daly and I follow you on Twitter!!".  I am such a dork!!  What I really wanted to say was that I appreciate their time in coming to Reno and the opportunity for the cycling community to meet and ride with them.

Their presence helped raise a really nice amount of funds for the Tahoe-Pyramid Bikeway Project and the Tour de Nez cycling race that is held in downtown Reno each year.
All of 'em were gracious and accommodating to the fans. It must drive them crazy to have people ask for their autographs and photos all morning, especially after they had just arrived the night before from a convention in another state.
The morning concluded with a group ride through Reno before the pros (and anyone who wanted to) rode up Mt. Rose Highway to Lake Tahoe to begin their training.
There are some great videos on YouTube if you'd like to see the event and the group riding through town to Tahoe:
1) Reno Legends Ride: http://youtu.be/kVfJZidJ8u0
2) City of Reno, Local Cyclists Ride with the Pros to Fund Tahoe Pyramid: http://youtu.be/FE5439Dsyy8


JoeinVegas said...

So, will you now be riding in the Nez?

Daly said...

No, racing is not for me even if the Tour de Nez were to offer a women's racing category. I am looking at some group rides. There is an excursion around Lake Tahoe with or without a ferry boat ride ending with a pool party that sounds fun called the Tour De Tahoe that sounds like fun.