On Sunday, April 26th, I and our boys went to the 2009 Roswell Criterium in the city of Roswell, Georgia. For those of you new to cycling, a criterium is a road race which takes place in a small amount of space, e.g. town square.
My intent for going was twofold: 1. For our sons to experience a bike race and 2. To hopefully bump into members of the pro cycling team, Team Type 1. This pro cycling and triathlon team, is comprised of members who live with insulin-dependent diabetes [type 1s & 2s].
The weather was beautiful, but slightly warm. We parked at the city of Roswell government building and walked over. During our walk, we witnessed the boys 16-18 year-olds racing. Man, those kids were fast! It was truly amazing what they could do.
Seeing as lunch time was approaching, we ate at our friends' restaurant, The Fickle Pickle. The food was awesome, especially for two boys who were starving at the time. :) We sat right in front of the Start/Finish line and watched the cyclists go by. Every time the announcer mentioned the sprint, on the last lap, both boys jumped from the table to the fence to see the finish. Very, very cool.
We stayed almost 4 hours, but due to a prior diabetes-related engagement, we left before Team Type 1 showed. :( Oh, well. We'll try to see them in the near future. All in all, we had a great time and developed a deeper appreciation for the riders. Both boys now want become bike racers some day... We'll see.
Have a great day!