Monday, May 26, 2014

2014 Tour of Somerville

Today I made my annual visit to Somerville, NJ to watch some of the cycling races.  It is about a 10 minute drive and the weather was beautiful today.

I bought a bottle of water from home and got a hot dog for lunch.  It was greasy and out in the sun on the grill for who knows how long.  It was FANTASTIC!!

The Tour of Somerville races are known worldwide and attract the top cyclists.  There are different levels of races depending on their skill levels.  There is also a race for youngsters (ages 15 - 18) and as the announcer said, for those "long in the tooth", age 45 or older.  One cyclist was over 80 years old!  Here is a picture of one of the races.

Here is another shot.  They are really this close to you at times!
 They are going 25 to 30 miles per hour as they go by!!

There was an accident about 50 yards from me during one of the races.  Think of going 25 miles an hour and hitting a wall, with basically no protection but your helmet.  When you see and hear the crash, you pray for the safety of those involved.

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