Well, just as an update, yesterday, the weather was a bit undecided, so I passed on my 10mile ride. The stitches come out Friday, but I've been riding anyway with my brace cinched up and I've been taking extra care to remember to clip out at stop signs instead of falling square on my side like the ultimate roadie "poseur" (term stolen from somebody in the cycling club). Now, if only I could get rid of these Cat5 chainring marks. Alright, now I'm done with my tangent.
The Tour de California kicked off on Sunday with Stage 1 leading from Nevada City to Sacramento, a total of around 168km. It was quickly seen that the local boy, Paul Mach (alumni of the UC Davis team, and still a resident in local Davis, CA), would be leading the breakaway through most of the stage.
Now, as for these next two stages. I didn't catch the second one on the ol' TeeVee, but I know for a fact that it was misery out there. The sporadic downfalls down here near the bay were also a sign of the weather up North in Stage 2 from Davis to Santa Rosa. I know for a fact that this stage is probably the most challenging, as it's full of climbs (the steepest and longest being Howell Mountain) and if there's any rain at all in Santa Rosa, there's a lot of rain. The stage came in around 176km, with the winner being Brett Lancaster from the Cervelo Test Team.
VeloNews, the group broke off from the less-soggy-today pelican on the Bonny Doon climb right outside of Santa Cruz.
Oh, also, of course all the photo credit goes to Ken Conley. Keep the rubber side down, AYC patron!