First the gold rush, then the Dodgers and Giants, now professional cycling. Not a moment too soon. The Amgen Tour of California is nigh and we seem to have a fairly good mix of riders. We have:
- Top ProTour Americans who want to look good
- A native son who wants to win
- Good representation from the international cycling community tuning up for the Spring Classics
- Local US Continental teams looking for a little publicity
Perfect recipie for a great race. Having local racers increases the chance for “The break that got away.” ProTour riders/teams have gotten too good at marking each other preventing breakaways in these short stage races. At that level, a break could create a winner. Local riders generally do not post a serious threat to the overall and therefore may get some room to run.
Look for American riders to go at each other from the gun. There are no “training” rides once the smell of home cooking hits their nostrils. On the down side, we do not have a defending champion back which is very unfortunate indeed.
All in all, Let the Games Begin!
On a personal note, I need the motivation. I just came off a cruise ship where I left any progress I made during the winter. They just keep feeding you! Is it possible for my feet to gain weight, even my shoes feel snug. Now you know why my previous posts were short. I was paying by the minute for Internet access. It’s good to be back.