At this point, we hadn't been given any indication that there wouldn't be any amateur awards and since Amy had won the female division, we packed up our gear and rode over to where the elite awards ceremony was to take place.
We didn't have to wait long to witness history. The American National Anthem was played for Renee's win in the elite women's race. I have to believe that this was either the first time or certainly one of the very few times that song has been played on Cuban soil. Certainly since the revolution. I don't get goose bumps often, but man, I sure did then.
All the Americans who'd remained at the conclusion of the awards ceremony gathered for a group picture with the president of USAT, Barry Siff, and the president of the ITU, Marisol Casado.
With all the rain, the ride back was very wet and very dirty. We tried to capture just how dirty our legs were but the photo doesn't quite do it justice.