Giro Della Montagne

Gateway Cup Bicycle Races

Sunday was a day at the races, up atop The Hill, the Italian neighborhood in town. The weather was pleasant, a great day to watch some bicycle races. We bumped into Chris and Sandi, two Kaldi’s teammates and palled around with them all afternoon. Giro Della Montagne is the original race that started it all and has now grown into the Gateway Cup that now runs four days over Labor Day weekend. Chris and Sandi are probably the most ardent of bike racing fans that we know. Taking a break from feeling the breeze every three minutes, as the peloton streams by, we grabbed some gelato. It was great seeing them again and catching up on old times.

Bike Works

Bike Wheel Shadow

We drove down to Soulard, the old French quarter in town, south of downtown, along the river, it is one of the oldest parts of town. Our destination was Bike Works, an organization dedicated to recycling bicycles. I donated my chrome cladded Trek Y-frame, a bike that I easily put 30,000 miles on. I also had a large number of bike wheels to give, an embarrassing large number. They seemed really happy to receive the gifts. I think that the quality of the bicycling equipment was better than their usual fare. On the way back, we stopped off in Tower Grove Park for a walk. There is something in the air this week that is making my eyes water and making me sneeze too.