Sunday, June 9, 2013
Le Tour de Mont Pleasant
Another edition of Le Tour de Mont Pleasant is in the books - and it's so much fun to shoot.
The racers are just incredible athletes, and they do it for the sheer joy of it.
This year, I concentrated on the downtown criterium races - closed course races that test athletes' endurance.
The course was changed slightly to add the roundabout at Main and Mosher, and to bring riders up the Pine Street Hill.
Temperatures were in the low 70s, winds a little bumpy and it was somewhat humid - but overall, it was perfect for a bike race!
The final of the Category 1 men's race - 75 minutes plus three laps - came down to a sprint to the finish. Incredibly, the same rider who won the 107-mile road race through Isabella County Saturday sprinted to the top spot.
After the event, Katherine talked to 44-year-old Kirk Albers from Upper Arlington, Ohio, who won both big races. She covered the event for the Morning Sun. Some folks get football games. She gets the bicycle races.
Posted by Mark at 11:28 PM