Saturday, January 24, 2015
Día de la Carrera
I wake up Saturday morning knowing I wouldn't be able to make the elite women's race which went off a little too early. This turned out to be too bad as the US women placed 1-2. I had already intended to watch the men's race so I gather all my race gear and schlep my bike downstairs. I get a taxi driven by a guy jamming to Lionel Richie off a USB stick plugged into his radio. While most of the cabs are from the 50's, nearly all have retrofitted Pioneer or Kenwood quality stereos that play CDs or take pin drives. We head towards the race venue with my official race bracelet acting like magic as my taxi is waived through checkpoints at which he would have otherwise been forced to stop. My driver was very happy and impressed.
I get to the race site and meet up with some of the other US athletes. The US men are warming up and I say hello to former Boulder resident and fellow FAC member Dan McIntosh, who now resides in San Diego but whom I'd unexpectedly run into at the the airport in Mexico City waiting for our Cuba flight. None of the US men had a great day, but one climbed his way to sixth with solid run - even after being stuck in the first chase pack on the bike. At some point during the men's race, the skies opened up and it absolutely poured. Everyone tried to huddle under any awning or tent that could be found. The rain let up by the time the men finished racing, but it was only temporary.