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For the last couple of years, my husband has been part of a group of cyclists (bicycles not motorcycles) who ride the Amgen Tour of California course before the professionals start their race. Eight or nine Pro Cycling Teams participate in the eight day race that covers approximately 650 miles.
Carmichael Training Systems (CTS) is the only organization that gives amateur riders complete access to the Tour of California. They get to ride all of the stages as well as have VIP access to areas that are closed off to the public. The amateurs also get to eat their meals with the pro teams and stay in the same hotels. It’s a wonderful way to see the expanse and variety of topography that California has to offer as well as a behind the scenes look at how the pro cyclists live.
I’m always fascinated by the mindset of someone who takes on this type of challenge. Personally, you could not pay me to do this ride but I definitely have a lot of respect and admiration for the people who participate. I am more than content to view the world from the comfort of my climate controlled car with a nice cushiony seat.
I am so happy for my husband though that he has something that he loves so much yet isn’t crazy competitive about. I think cycling is the only thing that he is not competitive about. And what makes it even more impressive for him to be so chill is that the rest of the group is super intense. Normally, it’s hard not to get caught up in the energy of those around you especially when you’re outnumbered like that.
He’s never been afraid to be his own person and one of the many reasons why I love him is because he isn’t always trying to fit in even if it isn’t popular to do so.
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