Wednesday, July 7, 2010

3 Bicycles and 70,000 Runners

Every July 4th is the 10K Peachtree Road Race. It gets pretty crazy and isn't exactly the best running conditions - it's way too crowded to choose your own pace. But it is tons of fun to watch. I biked up there with a couple of friends. It quickly became so clogged with post-finish-line runners that we had to walk our bikes.
Although thousands had already finished the race, there were still thousands more to come.
All in all, it took us over an hour just to circle around to the north side of Tenth Street and into Piedmont Park, where we could lay out a picnic in the grass and watch people approaching the finish line. Along the way, I saw this fabulous lady totally channeling Audrey Hepburn. Is she on a folding bike?


  1. I placed 2,088th! I love when bicyclists come to cheer races. When I ran the 2008 Atlanta Half Marathon, my first, a grandmother on a Townie and her grandson rode on the sidewalk (meh) alongside us for several miles, from Peachtree and Shadowlawn to Piedmont Hospital. It was great. I rode to the Georgia Marathon and cheered them on, to return the favor.

    I think that is a folding bike. There is usually one like it secured to the stop sign at the intersection of N. Highland and Samson, between Old Highland Bakery and P'Cheen. I would wonder daily when I rode by, morning or evening, who rode it. I saw her once as she dismounted to lock it up, a lovely, stylish girl. I nearly wrecked doing a double-take.

  2. Hee hee, I have had a couple of close calls as I swiveled my head and grabbed my camera after spotting some stylish cyclist!

  3. Yeah, but my appreciation of her style was a bit different. If you catch my drift.