Eroica California Begins

Early morning in the downtown Paso Robles park, tents ready but nobody has arrived yet.

A few days ago we posted the “no parking” signs to warn drivers. Yesterday the tents were set up, tables and chairs were delivered. Today the sound system arrived, as did the night lighting and the port-a-potties. Volunteers set up the dining tables and chairs in the big tent, along with rider registration. At 2:30 we did a quick registration review and opened for business at 3.

Luckily, all entry payments have been done online, so we don’t have to deal with that. Just riders checking in to pick up their numbers, the ride “passport”, a route map, and sign a waiver. I’m hanging around at the reg table to check out the nice vintage bikes rolling up.

A couple of Jack Taylor bikes showed up, made in England decades ago. My daughter, helping us at the reg table, really got a kick out of them. Her name is “Jac Taylor” (formally “Jaclyn”), so we might have to find one for her.

Later in the day we went over to the VIP reception at the Paso Robles Inn, across the street from the park. The Italian contingent from Gaiole, where the original Eroica takes place, was there, along with some local politicians and Hospice SLO managers. We also got to meet Andy Hampsten, former professional racer and guest rider this weekend.

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