Egads, Mother Nature is sporting a wee bit of attitude this Tour, showering Lake Tahoe yesterday with enough snow that the plows were having difficulty keeping the course clear.
Here’s a link to some highlights of stage 1. After the NetApp team video, there are a few further recaps.
VeloNews and Cyclingnews both had some great photos of a snowbound course, and some perilously wet turns, quite picturesque.
This morning (Monday), both sites have an update: the start today has been postponed to 1215, in Nevada City rather than starting at Squaw Valley as originally planned. This moves the course roughly two hours’ cycling time ahead, down below the snow line, west of Donner Pass.
Uh, do you think that the Tour of California official website would reflect this? Um, no. In previous years, we had a live streaming “Tour Tracker”, but this time around, the tracker hasn’t been used. The website is bare bones, a real bummer for those of us who don’t have Versus TV coverage.
Well, just after 8 am, and I found the official announcement, by clicking on “news”, and simply waiting to see if the page refreshes. What kludge this time around. As race start time approaches, I hope that the official site will have better coverage…we have to wait until the rubber hits the road, I guess.
Tuesday, there’s a (checking again) 60% chance of rain for the stage from Auburn to Modesto. Looks like the Bobster is going to get a little wet. I’m cycling out to Lake Camanche to watch the peleton fly by. Last year, I cycled down to the run past Livermore, climbing Mines Road for the KOM section, after the riders had passed. I missed the race by a few minutes, they were 1km ahead of me when I arrived, just in time to get rained on as well. At least, I saw the helicopter passing overhead. It was a great climb up the Altamont Pass anyway, into a 25+ km headwind.
I think I’ll take the wee Clip+ along for the ride.