You can’t complain when a pro-tour race comes to your doorstep. Yesterday, the second stage of the Eneco Tour, an 18.9km team time trial, was approximately 6km from my front door. I could practically hear the roaring echo of the disc wheels calling my name. I couldn’t not go.
We arrived to see Team Liquigas-Cannondale and Team Rabobank warming up. Warming up is just as much part of the spectacle as the main race. It’s hard to resist the sight of 8 pristine top of of the line bikes, each mounted by a top of the line rider. Plus, you get to see them for more than a whooshing second.
As if it wasn’t enough that the race had come to us, we managed to find a table at a cafe less than 2 meters from the barriers, approximately 50m from the start. We enjoyed a post-training lunch and some coffee in the rare Dutch sunshine while each team of eight went flying past. What can I say, sometimes (a cyclist’s) life is just great.
Team Orica Green-Edge took the stage with a time of 21:09. Click here for a full race report and results.