by: William Strand, PE, QSD
As winter slowly passes and with spring on the horizon, it’s time to look forward to America’s Greatest Race, The Amgen Tour of California, or simply, the Tour. For cycling enthusiasts, the Tour is a rite of spring. The 8th edition of the Tour will be held from May 12-19, and will include 16 of the world’s top professional cycling teams. For the first time, the Tour will start in Southern California and proceed in a northerly direction. The Tour will start in Escondido on May 12th and cover approximately 800 miles over 8 stages (days) en route to the finish in Santa Rosa.
Whether you are a cycling addict or have never ridden a bicycle, the Tour has something to offer everyone. With start times around 11 a.m. each day, the Amgen Tour of California Lifestyle Festival is open for several hours before the race start. The festival includes booths from local organizations, bicycle manufacturers and suppliers, food vendors and many other activities. Race starts also offer fans one of the best opportunities to see the racers, their bicycles, team cars and team buses Fans often line up outside the team buses for a glimpse of their favorite cyclists, and hopefully an autograph (bring your own pen).
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