Credits: Video by Gene Berman, avid cycling fan, a hero to all who know him and a good friend of Steven Cozza
Stage 2 Amgen Tour of California 2010 was like any road race stage in any part of the world. Cycling fans of Road Racing share one thing in common – Anticipation! They wait. And they wait. They wait sometimes for hours and hours. They wait for the site of a cyclist powering by or sometimes struggling by them for a brief moment in time. When that moment occurs for a fan it is like the race stops and the cyclists slow down to a slow motion in space and time. And then suddenly abruptly they turn to a blur of colors as they pass by. How dare they! We waited for hours and they don’t even stop to say hello. Some of them even have the audacity to throw their water bottles at us! Maybe they throw the bottle because they are envious of us. Because they see us eating and drinking and having fun as they race by suffering from the strain of their effort to be the first to the finish line.
I love the professional sport of Road Racing. I love the anticipation. I love the companionship that takes place among fans. I love to watch the beautiful colors of the peloton with the backdrop of nature or the buildings of a city as it races by. I admire the professional domestique cyclists because they are courageous, going to battle with little armor and giving themselves up for their teammates to win. They remain in the shadow of the peloton, but are in deed its strength. They are the true heroes or heroines of the peloton, of the race.