The Tour of California attracting more and more stars

This weekend marks the beginning of my cycling season as the Tour of California starts.  While the race is still young, it has succeeded in attracting a growing number of the sport’s biggest names.  Names like Paolo Bettini and Fabian Cancellara are back.  Joining them on the start line will be some newbies led by Tom Boonen himself. 

Rainbows will abound with former and current world champions strutting their stuff on US soil.  Why come here?  California is pretty far from the epicenter of cycling, Europe, and the center of Spring cycling, Belgium.  Let’s examine the motivation.

  1. The race is well organized
  2. California
  3. Better hotels
  4. California
  5. The crowds
  6. California
  7. Competitive racing
  8. California
  9. Course design
  10. California

Well, I’m beginning to understand why the world is coming to California.  Or as the Governator says, Cah-le-fornia.  He also said “I’ll be back.”

So has the peloton.

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4 Responses to The Tour of California attracting more and more stars

  1. Debby says:

    11. We have better anti-doping labs

    (sorry) 🙂

    What do you think about the proposed Tour of America?

  2. Primal says:

    Love the Governator bit at the end. I must admit that the TdC website was awesome compared to the “Vuelta a Andalucia-Ruta del Sol”. Nothing but spanish, couldn’t follow the race at all.

  3. Looks like you must live in California. I enjoyed the tour, as well. I’m coming to visit San Francisco. Where should I rent a bike and where could I find a nice 30 to 60 mile ride?

  4. Really enjoyed watching this race – once I discovered that the cycling.tv feed was just using the amgen feed. Lousy and excrutiatingly slow. Went over to the amgen site and it was much better. Good thing – we had a house full of people for the last stage – like a Super Bowl party, but for cycling.

    Looking forward to keeping up with you (on your blog, not on the road LOL) in 2008. Here’s to a great season!

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