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Tour of California Stage 1

2008-02-19 22:16:29.111826+00 by Dan Lyke 5 comments

I wasn't motivated to go out and see the Tour of California blow by on its Sausalito to Santa Rosa stage yesterday, but I did pop up the race page to make sure we weren't going to get into the middle of it, and catched the dramatic break-away. J.J. Haedo won yesterday's stage, but Jackson Stewart pulled a breakaway for 61 miles of the 97 mile stage, at times holding a 15 minute lead.

The part I tuned in for he was out in the lead blasting north along Route 1, holding damned close to 30MPH. They claim he's not much of a climber (which is why he got caught on the Coleman Valley climb), but he must be an amazing time-trialer, and he must be looking to switch teams: That's a lousy strategy for winning a race, but if your coaching can put people in the right place in the pack it must be staggering to have someone like that pulling.

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#Comment Re: made: 2008-02-20 17:00:08.727465+00 by: jeff

Wow. Coleman Valley road brings back many good memories. That's a great road/view heading to the coast.

#Comment Re: made: 2008-02-20 21:01:54.280398+00 by: Dan Lyke

Yeah, the only time I've been on it was when we were frantically driving the course in the fading light to set up signs for the Mt. Tam Double. Now that I live closer, I need to take a slightly longer ride some weekend morning and go do that climb.

#Comment Re: made: 2008-02-21 18:43:09.834271+00 by: jeff

For Sonoma County, it's been called the most scenic drive/ride by some.

For Marin County, my pick is taking Hicks Valley road from Marshall until it dead-ends into Point Reyes-Petaluma road. After making that left and heading uphill (NNE) for about 1/4 mile on Point Reyes-Petaluma road, a fantastic view of most of Sonoma Valley with Mt. St. Helena in the background suddenly unfolds. Truly eye candy and stunning.

#Comment Re: made: 2008-02-21 19:11:01.455414+00 by: Dan Lyke

That stretch of Point Reyes-Petaluma road is now part of Charlene's commute. When we first moved, she thought she'd hate the commute, but she says she loves it.

The other way, coming down off that ridge between McEvoy olive ranch and Hicks Valley Road, can be totally spectacular, with that one farm house where the nursery is, and the low angle sun illuminating the late afternoon clouds...

#Comment Re: made: 2008-02-21 19:25:16.140529+00 by: jeff

Agreed! It's just a spectacular part of Marin County!

I've had a 2-mile commute to work for the better part of the past three years, but I'd trade that for Charlene's route in a heartbeat!