07.04.2013 - 07.04.2013
The highlight of our time in Trujillo, Perú were some bike races that we stumbled upon. The city has a beautiful plaza, and on this Sunday morning bike races were being held around and around it. 15-20 laps each, depending on the category.
The women went first, ranging in age from 20s-40, in my estimation. Equipment included an assortment of bicycles, mostly older road (including girls' models) and a few mountain, platform pedals, sneakers, gym shorts, t-shirts, and helmets for all. The moto-man was a woman. An ambulance was called onto the course for a rider who apparently went into a corner too hot. One competitor took an early lead, but could not sustain it. This race belonged to the woman in green and white, with her husband and young daughter cheering her on.
Next up were the Masters Men, 40 and over, I believe. Similar equipment to the women, although there were some bike shoes and clipless pedals, and quite a few bike jerseys. Two gents held the lead together for most of the race. The man in the sharp red jersey on the classic Italian bike (also red) displayed a textbook, expertly-timed sprint and a throw across the finish line!
Finally, the young bucks. There were a few fancy pants in this group on newer bikes: a Kuota (including a Garmin computer), Giant, Pinarello, and Specialized. The winner of the previous race lent his bike and helmet to another competitor for this race. The dude on the Kuota jumped off the start line to an early lead. His strategy was thwarted though, when the race was stopped temporarily for a nasty crash. After a restart, señor Kuota and another racer held the lead, with Kuota getting pipped at the finish line.
It was nice to see so many folks out enjoying the races. There wasn't much cheering, though. Surprising in this land of fútbol fanatics. Wished we had some cowbells to pass around. The announcer was animated, maintaining a nice banter through all the races. There was an official or two, without the fussiness of the USAC. And as usual, the pups were a huge hit, especially with the children.
All in all, a nice diversion from pyramids and museums.