Some admittedly random things from the US Pro races in Greenville the last few days:
- At the TT on Sat, the announcer was trying to work up the crowd about the will-they-won't-they question as to whether Greenville would have the race next year. On the podium, he had a few words with David Z and threw him what with anyone else would have been a softball - i.e., Dave, where would you like to see this race next year since Greenville's been so good to you? David's answer: Salt Lake City.
- At the RR on Sunday, during sign in Danny Pate was on stage (CVV was just signing in, too). Announcer asks what's the plan for today? Danny: I think the other guys are working for someone else, but I'm out there for myself today. (He than playfully wacks CVV and exits.) Good chuckle but then when Pate's in the later breaks, the announcers are seriously bringing this back up. Seriously? Wow.
- I know there were some complaints here at PdC about the quality of the video coverage... FYI, closed circuit tv at the road race itself wasn't any better. We didn't really have pictures until the last circuits.
- Interesting thing - Floyd was at the TT. (He may have been at the road race, but I didn't see him.) He didn't seem to be attached to anyone and he wasn't selling books or hip replacement parts but was hanging near the teams during the race. (Call me crazy, but I still want to believe!) He was, as ever, gracious to the few fans that noticed and approached him.
As mentioned in the comments for Sunday, Greenville gets the race for at least one more year. As suspected, the set up was not nearly as friendly for the road race this year, but it was still a blast. (I heard there was construction near the usual start/finish and I think someone here mentioned the same.) If anyone from USA Cycling is reading this - please put it back to the old location next year! But in all Greenville throws a nice party and I'd add my encouragement to itswell from a few days ago - if you're in driving distance, it's worth the trip next year.