I'm looking out on Caras Park and the Clark Fork River watching the edges of the sunset, thankful for another day in Montana. The Tour of Montana party has wrapped up and although the crowds weren't massive, it was a good start for the inaugural addition. Missoula is filled with cyclists and I'm anxious to see the crowds tomorrow along the Criterium Course.
The Big Sky Mudflaps played all evening and during their breaks, Dave Towle talked about the race and interviewed Robin Farina, Scott from FCS Visit Dallas Cycling Team, Tyler Hamilton, the Harley Davidson team, and Alex Gallego. In addition to the FCS women, the DNA Cycling p/b K4 women also made an appearance fresh out of the car from their drive from BC Superweek. It's great to end the day surrounded by cycling love and live music.
We didn't get in the car once today, just biked and walked from our downtown condo. Terry worked for a few hours, then we rode south to check out Lower Miller Road and Pattee Canyon. Both beautiful locations and cycling friendly. Showered and hungry, we met my family at Market on Front followed by a walk along the river. It was great that both my parents and brother with his family were able to flex their summer schedules for a 2hr family reunion! After they left, we walked around downtown to check out the shops, then had dinner at Biga Pizza before spending the final daylight hours at the Tour of Montana event.
Tomorrow, we'll do another ride and then spend all afternoon and evening at the Criterium Races. Sunday is The Big Ride and The Big Drive Home.
|Lower Miller Rd - This is Big Sky Country|
|Lower Miller Rd - Gravel practice for The Big Ride|
|Clark Fork River - Brennan's Wave|
|Tour of Montana - Event Setup in Caras Park|
|Tour of Montana Interviews - Dave Towle and Robin Farina|
|Tour of Montana Gear - Brought to you by DNA Cycling|
|Tour of Montana Crit Course|