Posted by Steve Rosefield, a resident of the Pleasanton Valley neighborhood, on Feb 17, 2009 at 11:00 pm
My wife Stella and I rode to the summit of Patterson Pass to cheer on the riders today. Even though the weather was dismal, it couldn’t dampen the enthusiasm of the hundreds of spectators that lined the approach to the summit. We intend to travel to San Diego next weekend to ride up Palomar Mountain and watch the decisive final stage of the race. In a few short years the Amgen Tour of California has become a world class event that draws the finest professional field that has ever raced on American soil. And it passes through our backyard every year. Cycling is an unbelievably accessible sport. And this race presents ample opportunities to see the athletes and equipment that dominate this sport at close range. The Tour de France is, by far, the biggest spectator sporting event in the world. But if you can’t make it to France, there is a cheaper option. Dust off that bike! I checked with your boss … They said it would be OK to take the afternoon off and watch the race next time it comes to town ;-)
P.S. … There is daily television coverage on Versus.
Posted by Steve Rosefield, a resident of the Pleasanton Valley neighborhood, on Feb 19, 2009 at 11:45 pm
Funny you should mention that Jim. I had volunteered to help with the local route planning of the proposed Tour of America race and was trying to get them to consider launching a time trial stage from our downtown area, but they folded up shop before it ever got far enough to approach the city. They still have a web site up, but I doubt we will be seeing that race come to fruition any time soon.