Sunday, February 15, 2009

Sun, Feb 15 - 2009 ToCA - Prologue

The 2009 Tour of California is underway.

I had signed up for a volunteer position at the Prologue in Sacramento on Sat Feb 14, and was assigned the job as a course marshal between 6th and 7th Str on the north side of Capitol Mall. The job of the five os us assigned to this 350-feet stretch there, was to ensure the safety of all participants, in particular spectators, who like to walk blindly onto the road and into the path of the incoming lead motorcycle, cyclist, team car and sometimes more entourage.

Early on we saw teams out on warm-up and reconnaissance rides, and lucky us, after the Garmin-Slipstream squad ...

... Team Astana rode by, headed by Lance Armstrong and Levi Leipheimer ....

Lance on this TT bike, which was reported to got stolen, along with other road bikes belonging to Janez Brajkovic, Steve Morabito and Yaroslav Popovych.

Other riders that I recognized were Jens Voigt, Chris Horner, Fabian Cancellara, and then of course there was Floyd:

During the race, that started at 1:30pm, with the 136 riders departing in 1-minute intervals, there were only few chances to take pictures.

Today's stage has now started, going from Davis to Santa Rosa.

Thursday, February 5, 2009

Thu, Feb 5

For everyone not attending the Prologue 2009 ToCA in Sacramento, maybe attending the San Jose Cycling Classics on Feb 14 is tempting:

"It will be a cycling celebration with professional, amateur and community cycling activities, including a competitive time trial race, a newly added non-competitive tour ride, a CEO Challenge and a criterium. The San Jose Cycling Classic will bring together a projected 1,000 cycling athletes, 20,000 spectators and cycling-related exhibitors. San Jose will show cyclists everywhere that San Jose is a one of the best places in the world to cycle!"

Sunday, February 1, 2009

Sun, Feb 1

There's hardly a better day to ride the bike than on Superbowl Sunday. My disdain for American Wussball is known to the few readers (me and GoogleBot) of this blog, so I go out and enjoy roads less traveled that day, and so did a large number of cyclists as well. With temperatures just short of 70F, I spent 84 miles on the road this weekend. Total for this year: 216 miles.