My parents, sister and her husband all live on Palomar Mountain, and when they heard that the mountain would be hosting the last 96.8 miles of the AMGEN race for the first year, it was an opportunity and experience I couldn’t miss. The bikers had to race up the gut-busting snow caped mountain reaching a 5,123 foot elevation with 21 switchbacks, and I was shocked at the speed they maintained near the top. Lance Armstrong returned to race and his teammate Levi Leipheimer who won his third straight Tour of California. I had fun documenting the festivities before the bikers came up and I (along with hundreds of others) was thoroughly entertained by some of the characters present. People camped out the night before, pitching tents and staking out spots with chairs and trailers along the side of the narrow road. We had a blast!
Our mountaintop entertainment!
This group of guys was hillarious, they covered their hands in yellow chalk, targeting bikers buns as they struggled to the top.
Along with this officer, the next guy got it good!
Hundreds of people tried to run next to the bikers, but these two were unforgettable.
We could see the bikers below on the switchbacks!
Lance is on the right! He finished 7th in the race overall.
Thanks to the Stephenson’s for letting us share their reserved spot!