Olympic Fever

5 Jul

Hey, have you heard?  The Olympics are coming!  (Of course the Tour started first, but I digress)

So in the spirit of Olympic fever that is taking over the nation, and by Nation I mean NBC, I am going to do what I do best…relate it to me.  I live in Mission Viejo, CA which is located in the picturesque Orange County.  No, I am not a house wife, nor do I live like one, and most of us are a smidgen more down to earth.  As you may or may not know, LA was the locale for the 1984 Olympics and our little community of Mission Viejo played a part in the “games”.  So it is only fitting that, yes you guessed it…the CYCLING ROAD RACE in 1984 was right down the street from where I live.  Of, course I did not live here at the time, but that is a small technicality.  Cycling legends raced on the streets that I ride every day.  How cool is that?

Here is an excerpt from missionviejo.org

“When the 1984 Olympic Games came to Los Angeles, the Cycling Road Race event came to Mission Viejo. The start/finish line and grandstands were on Olympiad (formerly O’Neill Rd., renamed to commemorate the Olympic event), just outside the entrance to Lake Mission Viejo. The cyclists raced up through the homes near Crucero Park, down Marguerite to La Paz, and back up Olympiad. The men’s and women’s races took place on Sunday, July 29th, and Mission Viejo residents lined the route and helped staff the event.”

The photograph below shows cyclists nearing the end of a lap in the 1984 men’s road race.

1984 Olympic Road Cycling Race. Courtesy of Mission Viejo City Library - Mission Viejo Heritage Committee Planned Community Collection

1984 Olympic Road Cycling Race. Courtesy of Mission Viejo City Library – Mission Viejo Heritage Committee Planned Community Collection
This year on July 28th my Tour/Olympic crush, Tyler Farrar, will be representing the USA!  What blows my mind is that these guys (many Olympic cyclist are currently racing in the Tour de France) will race for 3 weeks (with only 2 rest days) and have 6 days to “recover” before they race in London.  Simply amazing.
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