|La Villa Real—my home for the next four nights|
|Advertising, Puerto Rican style|
Today I had a first look at the course (we officially call it the "course inspection," and it results in a report that I write for both the RD's perusal as well as an addendum to my final race report to the UCI) at the small town of Florida. I had heard reports of what a mudfest this race had been last year, and after walking the 6-kilometer-long course I was able to imagine the slop that riders had to contend with. Luciano told me that here in the foothills the clouds like to gather and just hang, dumping a lot of rain. The soil seems to be mainly clay, and that stuff gets s-l-i-c-k with rain! Some of the area is also used by motorized dirt bikes, and you can see how foul things look after yesterday's precip. Fortunately, today was dry—weather.com had been wrong when giving us a 50% chance of more rain this afternoon. Let's keep the fingers crossed.
|Clay and water mix well—NOT!|
|I believe this is a Silk Floss Tree (Chorisia speciosa)|
|Can you spot the Flamboyant Tree (Delonix regia) in the background?|
|A plain ol' Ceiba (Ceiba pentandra) in the forest|
|One of millions|
More about the race (which is going to happen on Sunday, after tomorrow's official training) at a later time. Please keep checking back for more updates.