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Old 01-26-2010, 12:31 PM   #9
Suqsuda OP
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I spent a couple weeks in Baku before launch date, riding daily on one or the other of the Urals. Tom had a stable of about a dozen of them and it was astonishing to me how differently each one rode from the other.

As the other team members arrived, Tom began to organize team rides, like this one of the old oilfields in the environs of Baku:



And this press conference and party at which the musicians and dancers performed:
















I think this woman helped put together the pre-launch party:



Then came a final send-off at the HQ of the Azeri state oil company:



And we were underway:

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