Archive for August, 2010

Alcatraz Triathlon

August 31, 2010

This past Sunday we packed up the truck and headed up to San Francisco for the Alcatraz Triathlon. Its an awesome race where the riders start on a boat just off Alcatraz, swim to shore and then bike and run around San Francisco. In my former life I was a triathlete and had done a few Ironmans, so it was cool to relive the experience of a triathlon.

I donned the costume and walked around a bit and then cheered on the riders as they left the swim and headed out to the bike. Here is a quick video clip of it.

The whole time I was cheering on the riders I was thinking “this is A LOT easier than getting up the mountains to the Tour!”

I walked around the transition zone a bit and ran across a lady who was cheering for her husband. She had purchased Clean Bottles a few weeks back and was sporting one at the race. Cool! Her son ran up to me and gave me a big hug. My wife got a clip of it, here it is. Very cute.

I then decided to bike a few miles out an cheer for the riders at mile 5 of the run. I packed up the costume, balanced it on the handlebars of my bike and made my way to the aide station. It was a lot harder than I first thought it was going to be, here is a clip of me trying to balance the costume.

As I was biking to the aide station I had a bunch of people actually cheer for me. One kind of gangster looking guy who was walking around the city turned to me and yelled “you got mad skills, dog!”.

I cheered for the runners for a few hours at the aide station, giving them hi-fives and handing out water. A bunch of them mentioned how they saw me at France, and one even stopped, in the middle of his race, and gave me a big hug. Why, I don’t know, but it was funny!

Here are a few other photos of the race. It was a blast and I hope the athletes appreciated Bottle Boy coming out to cheer them on. I know I had a lot of fun and I definitely want to keep doing it as much as possible. I need to keep up my image of of “The Hardest Working Bottle”. One thing I was thinking was that I could mail the costume to other parts of the US and people could wear it to their favorite race. I’d hook them up with some sweet Clean Bottle gear and bottles and donate money to their favorite charity. It would be a positive event for everyone. Anyone interested?

Bottle Boy fans.

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Tour of California Photos

August 16, 2010

Check out these photos of Bottle Boy taken at the Bakersfield stage of the Tour of California. Thanks to Daniel Torres for snapping these and sending them my way!

A Peek into Clark Kent’s Phonebooth

August 8, 2010

Hey Guys – here is a series of shots that show me going from Dave to Bottle Boy.  These were taken at the top of the Col de Madeline, which was a big climb on one of the Alpine stages.  Yes, as you can see, Bottle Boy puts his pants on one leg at a time 🙂 Thanks to Glen who sent these in.  The guy on the right is Hans.  I met him on the climb and he and his friend Glen were following the whole tour.  I ran into him a bunch more and he and Glen are awesome.  You can see Hans laughing at me but the joke is really on him because I am going to convince him to be the Bottle Boy at the Tour next year!

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