It is time for the annual Mountain Bike Rally in Santa Rosa de Calamuchita. We have been home for almost 3 weeks and this was the first event that I have attended. The August winds are keeping us indoors most of the time but on this day it was absolutely gorgeous weather. No wind,dust or cold – just a beautiful sunny day!
I was about to leave with the scooter when Andrey told me that I have to be careful. He had a small accident with the bike when we came back and `Poegie` as we call her, is not well. I was a little irritated because I had to run to get the public transport bus to take me in to the bus terminal. From there I had to catch another bus to the event.
Fortunately the neighbours saw me waiting at the bus stop and offered me a lift into town. I was so grateful! There are still kind people in the world.
I decided to walk to the event. It is a nice walk and I thoroughly enjoyed the lovely weather. As I got closer to the race I panicked because I saw people heading in the same direction than me. I must have missed it, I thought to myself. Luckily I didn`t and these guys were also late.
I heard the wailing of sirens and the next moment bundles of cyclists started to speed past me. What a sight! A keen cyclist myself, it brought back nice memories when I was still cycling. Unfortunately, I don`t cycle any more.
What a lovely sight! I was really impressed by all the cyclists who turned out for the event. The organizers of the race had nice prizes up for grabs too!
Safety always a priority the cyclists started the race in groups. Three groups made it past me.
I loved to capture the intense concentration on the faces of some of the cyclists. Other guys got hungry early on in the race and stuffed their faces with bananas.
I stayed a little longer and watched the guys and girls as they crossed the river and headed up the mountain. I loved every minute. A woman from Mendoza dashed in front of me to take a few photos.”I missed it, she said!”, I was busy cleaning my house.” She told me that she recently moved here and was enquiring if I was from Buenos Aires. We exchanged a few words and then she headed back home.
Not a bad idea, I thought to myself. Maybe I must take a walk back to the bus terminal.
On my way back I saw this couple sitting underneath a tree. They brought their bicycles too. Oh I am sure the last thing they had on their minds was the Mountain Bike Rally!
Where: Santa Rosa de Calamuchita – Argentina.
When: 2 September 2012.