Approaching the top of Old LaHonda and Kings for the first time. Notice the similar expression.
On yesterday’s ride I couldn’t help but notice an expression on a few riders that looked very familiar. We’ll call it “The Look.” Not quite the version we’re used to (where Lance turned around and either sized up or stared down his competition on the Alpe d’Huez a decade ago), but just as symbolic. It’s that combination of presumed relief (is it really over???!!!) and “Why did I do this?” Shortly afterward comes the feeling of accomplishment, and maybe a smile, but that last 20 feet or so, especially when you’re not really sure if that’s the end, what you see in those photos is what you get.
Oh sure, you can pretend everyone’s all smiles & happy at that point, but pictures don’t lie.