Mark and our friends were fortunate enough to have spots in the Levi Leipheimer Gran Fondo earlier this month.
For you non-cyclists out there, that means they got a spot in the 100 mile, very hilly, bicycle route. Due to my injury last year, I didn't sign up. So, I could sit at the festival all day while I waited for Mark and the gang... or be useful. This year, I chose to be useful.
I volunteered at the Ocean Song water station, where we provided water, electrolytes, and toilets to very tired riders who were 80 miles into their ride and had just completed a nasty climb. (except those on the Medi-fondo route, who were 43 miles in... but had also just completed that same nasty climb!)
This woman just amazed me - she had pedaled up that hill on a cruiser, complete in her custom made cycling outfit - with the Fondo embroidered on it!
Best of all, I got to meet Levi himself (again). He is just the nicest guy you'll ever meet, always willing to pose for a picture.
Mark and Rod made it to the rest stop eventually:
And, finally, we ran into Levi again at the festival. Super nice guy that he is, he posed for another picture, this time with Mark.
LET'S RUIN SOME BIRTHDAYS - BIRTHDAYS, am I right? They're just so... *predictable*. Every year like clockwork, the same old parties, the same cracks about getting old, the same leg...