Today the third of the five legged Grasshopper Adventure Series was pedaled from Sweetwater Springs road to the finish on top of Coleman Valley Road. In between, 60 miles and 9,000 feet of verticle climb over both paved or gravel road greeted the 250 participants.

Riding a Grasshopper is an experience. From Miguel’s opening on the megaphone, to the finish, it is a day on the bike not to be missed. I rode the first two this year finishing towards the bottom of the field which gave me a poor perspective on how everyone’s day unfolded.

Today I tried something different. I camped out at the end of the steepest portion of Sweetwater and decided to photograph the faces of the riders and let their expressions be the story. As you will see, the various faces on the riders encapsulated the wide range of emotion that was poured out on the road. Enjoy!

If you participated and know your bib number, email me. I took photos of most of the riders and would be happy to send it you.

Bruce McConnell

The leader

The leader

Glen Fant chasing hard on the leader.

Glen Fant chasing hard on the leader.

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Strike a pose?

Strike a pose?

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Levi leading the charge!

Levi leading the charge!

 

Hang ten buddy!

Hang ten buddy!

Levi at the start sporting the new Tarmac

Levi at the start sporting the new Tarmac