TdG: 36 hours to flight departure

Last night was when I first started feeling the run-up to the Tour de Georgia. I'm mostly packed and should be in Savannah on Sunday. The weather forecast is hot weather plus thunderstorms, including on Brasstown Bald. Much like the California weather forecast predicts the same thing every day, I hear that repeating "hot with a chance of t-storms" will earn your salary as a Georgia weatherman. It makes me much happier about my lavish purchase of an Aquatech rain cover, though I'll be glad to keep it in mint condition if that's how the weather turns out. The Tour of California gave me enough rainy pictures for the books.

The setup for this year's Tour de Georgia looks pretty exciting. Slipstream will have a strong TTT roster (Zabriskie, Pate, Vandevelde, Farrar) plus Tom Danielson to challenge Astana. Astana will be well-motivated by the lack of other races on their calendar and even pull Horner from Amstel Gold to be in the race, though they left last year's winner Janez Brajkovic out due to overtraining. There are also several other teams with pride from exclusion on the line. Rock Racing adds a big question mark to the story as no one really knows what their top riders can do against an International roster of this caliber. Botero took Redlands against a field that contains many of the same riders and Sevilla could definitely do well on Brasstown. Symmetrics will have its first chance to show off in a Medalist event this year.

There's also some farewells, for me at least. This will be my last chance to see Chechu on US soil -- I'll be sporting a Chechu-signed Astana cap, courtesy of Nicky Orr. This is also the last time I'll see CSC, at least under those colors. After the Tour de Georgia, there's just the CSC Invitational + Triple Crown the first week of June.

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