Well, this was probably one of the most memorable Tuckers I've been to, for numerous reasons but the biggest being Chris Horner joining the peloton!
I knew that Synder Cycles had moved their shop to downtown Tucker, but didn't know that they opened the doors to the peloton for Tucker. So the peloton has gone from using the dumpster in the morning, to getting in trouble for that and using the train tracks, to having an actual restroom opened up to us.
And there was hot coffee for the peloton. Whoa. Talk about classing it up.
The Atlanta peloton has been abuzz (both positively and negatively) about local pro team Lupus signing Vuelta a España winner Chris Horner . There was also the rumor going around that they might be riding Tucker, so there was a huge turn out. Sure enough, right before 10am, the Lupus boys roll up and Chris Horner was with them.
Their director sportif (I'm guessing that's who he was) gave a nice speech about how Lupus is our local Atlanta/Georgia pro team, and that they hope we'll cheer them on when watching them at the big races. Also that it was important they all come back in one piece and to signal turns and point out holes.
The pace didn't feel too fast to me, but I got PRs on almost all the climbs so it was def faster than usual. I think Lupus must have just been pulling us along. After all the climbs I got a chance to sit on Horner's wheel for a few minutes. It was pretty cool. He's average height, very skinny, and his pedal stroke is very efficient.
Regardless of all the things people say about him, I personally thought it was a pretty cool experience. Horner and all the Lupus guys I saw were nice, and chatted and mingled with the peloton.
On another note, there were some sweet bikes on the ride - enjoy!