Tour of California

May 13, 2009

On February 22nd, while my wife and daughter were off partying, I was off to see the Tour of California.  This year the final stage of the tour was going to be in San Diego.  More precisely, the starting line was in Rancho Bernardo and the finish line was in Escondido.  My original plan was to just go to the finish line to watch the race, but I got an early start so I went to the start as well.

It was very interesting to be able to walk around see the teams close up. Most of the teams had their RV’s parked in lots near the starting line, and many of the riders were just riding around to warm up or signing autographs.

Of course, there was no sign of Lance Armstrong or the rest of his team.

Here’s a shot of the start of the race, a couple of hundred feet from the starting line. The group of four out in front are the leaders in each category (overall, young rider, points and king of the mountains).

After watching the start of the race fly by, I moved up to the finish line area in Escondido. Of course what was a 20 minute drive for me was almost four hours of riding out through the mountains, including up Mount Palomar.

Finally after standing around on the side of the road for a while, the first riders finally rolled into sight. The second rider in this picture is the one who would go on to win the stage that day.

Then a couple of minutes later the main group of riders arrived. The guy in the yellow jersey with Amgen on the sleeves is Levi Leipheimer, the eventual overall winner of the race.

Finally, the rest of the riders came through.

After the race, the winners got up on the stage and accepted their awards.

Overall, watching the race was a great experience. It was nice to be able to see the start and finish of the race. It was also interesting to be able to ride my bike down the same course that the professional riders had gone down minutes before.

Here is a link to the full album:

2009-02-22 Tour of California

One comment

  1. Those are some great sport action shots!

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