2008 Gruyere Cycling Tour (Switzerland)
This is a European cyclosportif race sanctioned by the UCI, the governing body of international cycling. A cyclosportif is a mass start tour that you can choose to race, or just simply enjoy the ride. These are super fun events because they are more like festivals than high pressure races. The amazing thing about these events is the spectators. They come out in large numbers and cheer everyone on as if it were a professional race.
I had a wonderful time at this event and will likely come back for years to come. Before leaving the USA for this ride, I was thinking to myself, "What random person am I going to meet and do a majority of the ride with?" As you can see from the pictures, this random person was World Time Trial and 2008 Olympic champion, Fabian Cancelara. We had a lot of stuff to talk about, as we discovered that we have several common friends and acquaintances in the bicycle industry. This was the highlight of the event for me. Enjoy the photos.
Aug 31, 2008