Pictures from Tour of California

Phil

Maximum Pace
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So I've been in LA on work for the last few weeks, which meant the rare opportunity for me to catch the Tour of California--the final two stages in the LA area fell on a weekend.

Today I rode out east from the San Fernando Valley to the Glendora area to catch the stage 7 action in the mountains.

Was lucky to hook up with a couple of local guys who showed me a scenic back route to the base of the mountains, where the race was taking place.

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Rode out of the valley on the same road the race was using to the second KOM point at Glendora Mt. Rd. About 20kms and change up from the valley.

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Just a bit beyond was a turnoff the peloton would pass twice, first on a descent. Headed there to see them go by.

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Phil

Maximum Pace
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Continuing...

After making that turn, the peloton continued to descend to the far side of the valley, along this road:

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We watched the distant dots:

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Decided not to stay at the KOM point, because the road turned quite shallow the last 5 kms of the climb. Instead, went partway downhill to catch the riders at a set of switchbacks which offered some nice views. Here is the breakaway in the foreground, chased by the peloton. They had 2 minutes at this point.

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And here is the breakaway, with Ryder Hesjedal leading, and Georgie Hincapie 4th wheel.

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Here's the grupetto:

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Hoping to catch the final stage 8 tomorrow; will post pics and report if I do.
 

kpykc

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Jun 13, 2007
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Beautiful pics and looks like a great cycling athmosphere out there!

One thing I wonder looksing at the pics - does not look like there's much shade on these roads (comparing to rindos and even wide mountain roads in Japan). Is the sun a big problem for cycling during summer there?
 

Phil

Maximum Pace
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Sergey, the sun is definitely harsher here than Japan; need sunscreen on every long ride, which I don't always do back home. Plus the pavement is lighter, so you get the reflected light hitting you as well. So far, though, it feels a lot cooler than Japan, nowhere near the humidity. Still not into summer yet though...
 

Phil

Maximum Pace
#9
Stage 8 pics

Today's final stage 8 was a different kind of stage from yesterday. It ended with 5 laps of downtown Thousand Oaks, a smallish town to the northwest of LA proper. Had a good spot about 100 meters from the finish line to watch the finale...

Lap 3 or so, peloton chasing the break:

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Final lap. Photographers ready for the sprint:

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Tom Danielson rides away from the stage after the podium ceremony. He finished 3rd overall:

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Phil

Maximum Pace
#10
Among the team buses

After the race was over I wandered for a bit among the team buses.

Sky riders and their Dogmas:

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BMC bikes:

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Garmin Cervelo car. In the background, riders are being interviewed in front of the bus:

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Hincapie was definitely one of the more popular riders there:

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trad

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phil - those are great roads. Superb area for mtn biking also. The 4000ft descent from Mt Wilson down into Pasadena or Clairemont area are are awesome.
 
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Wow, fantastic!!

Massively jealous!

...and I would definitely have left the Sky team with one Dogma short... :rolleyes: