Biking the Circuit of the Americas racetrack

COTA opened up the Formula 1 track to bicyclists!

A small sample of the Schwab team.

Jacquela and Steven rode with Team Schwab — 20+ people.

Several hundred bikers turned laps.

The hill at turn 1 coming off the Pit/Grandstand straight is 144 feet and it feels nearly straight up. Jacquela made it. Steven did it twice.

Steven’s third ride of the year. Jacquela’s first. Still breathing heavy the next morning.

Unique. Extraordinary.

And COTA is apparently doing this every Tuesday evening for several weeks!

Rocking out

Steven was not about to allow the team from Gilsa Construction have all the fun when finishing out the driveway.

At 9 am, Whittlesley delivered 6.5 yards of Santa Fe mix rock, 2-4 inches in size. The truck dumped in the street. Steven shoveled into the pile rock that skittered across the street, making Emerald Hill safe for car traffic, bikers and morning dog walkers. Gilsa shifted the entire pile 20 feet down the street to the foot of the driveway.
Gilsa busted the concrete formboards away from the concrete pads — see sledgehammer — and began cutting landscape weedblock cloth to size to cover the exposed roadbase in the drainage channels.
Here, the formboards are removed from the two new walkway pads at the front of the house.
Neto, left, and Jose, orange shirt, deliver a wheelbarrow laden with rock to the drainage channel off the back corner of the garage.
About two hours in, Gilsa is about a half way down the main drainage channel at the long ribbon of driveway that reaches all the way to the street. The team delivered the rocks via wheelbarrow, while Neto kicked the rock into position and Steven, on his knees, moved rock by hand to fill voids.
By 4 pm, the center drainage channel is completely rocked.
And Jacquela gets first drive on the new driveway.