As I mentioned yesterday, this was shaping up to be a busy weekend. Today I made it out to the first stage of the Tour of California, which set off from Escondido and did a 100 mile loop that included Mt Palomar. For those of you who aren’t familiar with this area, Escondido is about 30 miles from where I live, and I have driven out there several times to do a part of the ride they were doing today.
I was there for the start and then drove out to see them coming up the last climb of the day (but that meant I couldn’t be at the finish). It was a blast to be there, and to take photos, of course. Here’s a sample – the start, some expensive hardware on a team car, the two race leaders at the last climb, and a couple of the peleton. For the cycling fans among you, I also included shots of Peter Sagan and Andy Schleck (two of the international stars for the rest of you) during the pre-race announcements