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Christine Thorburn -- two-time Olympian, 2004 US TT champion, Palo Alto doctor -- bade farewell to the sport at the World Championships in Varese, Italy. I had the pleasure of seeing her put the pain on the field at the Giro di SF and SF Twilight races as she prepared for her farewell on the international stage.

It unfortunately had to end with an injury to her hand after she was forced into the barriers, but as the CycleTo video interview makes clear, she appears ready for retirement.

I was worried that with difficult fund raising in 2008 that Palo Alto was hosting its first and last Tour of California stage, but there's good new lurking in the Palo Alto Weekly:

Palo Alto is vying to host a finish for a day-long stage of the 2009 race that would start north of San Francisco, drop down out of the Santa Cruz mountains and finish in downtown.

The Santa Cruz mountains were featured so well in the Bettini/Boonen Specialized commercials -- it's about time they get some ToC peloton action.

Pre-Prologue Photos

Chris Horner - (c) Ken Conley
Photo by Ken Conley

Prologue Pre-Race Photo Gallery

Look who's come to town:

Floyd Landis - (c) Ken Conley

Oscar Sevilla - (c) Ken Conley Tyler Hamilton - (c) Ken Conley Mario Cipollini - (c) Ken Conley

And some warmups:

CheChu Rubiera - (c) Ken Conley Bjarne Riis - (c) Ken Conley Fabian Cancellara - (c) Ken Conley Janez Brajkovic - (c) Ken Conley Paolo Bettini - (c) Ken Conley Bradley Wiggins - (c) Ken Conley George Hincapie - (c) Ken Conley Luciano Pagliarini - (c) Ken Conley

It's not about the bike:

Slipstream - (c) Ken Conley Saunier Duval - (c) Ken Conley

Slipstream - (c) Ken Conley

Bradley Wiggins - (c) Ken Conley

Prologue Pre-Race Photo Gallery


Dave Zabriskie
Photo by Ken Conley

It's real folks... Steven Cozza has much to fear.

Prologue Photos


Some notables from today for their performances or otherwise:

Bradley Wiggins Tyler Farrar Levi Leipheimer David Millar Edvald Hagen Gustav Larsson

Mario Cipollini Levi Leipheimer Tom Boonen Jens Voigt George Hincapie Danny Pate Tom Danielson Ivan Dominguez Freddie Rodriguez

Prologue Photo Gallery

Prologue: Fabian Cancellara Dominates

Fabian Cancellara
Photo by Ken Conley

Palo Alto Prologue Photos

Cancellara showed he is a man of the prologue by dominating his way to victory and becoming the first non-US recipient of the Tour of California leader's jersey. On a day in which tenths of seconds mattered, Cancellara dominated the field by nearly six seconds on the short 2.1 mile course.

I'll have many photos to come, including Zabriskie's retro-ugly mustache as well as non-racing news makers Hamilton, Sevilla, and Landis.

Palo Alto Prologue Photos

Levi and Friends

Horner and Leipheimer
Photo by Ken Conley

Chris Horner

Jelly Belly High Road Matteo Tosatto

Levi Leipheimer

Levi Leipheimer and Chris Horner came to speak in Palo Alto at a fundraiser for the Tour of California. Riders for High Road, Jelly Belly, and High Road also showed up to sign autographs for fans. It was an interesting time, seeing at news of Astana's ban from ASO events is still being absorbed. The new bit of news on that front is that Levi indicated that Astana would be launching some sort of online petition to rally American fans. Other topics of conversation included Horner's virility, air resistance of ponytails, and the Tour of California.

Also, enjoy the photos.

Levi and Friends Photo Gallery

ToC Palo Alto Prologue needs $$$


The Palo Daily News is reporting that fundraising efforts in Palo Alto for the Tour of California are currently lagging: the local organizing committee has only raised half of the $195,000 needed to cover police and other costs. If they are unable to foot the bill, the shortfall will be split evenly between Palo Alto, AEG, and Stanford, but hopefully local businesses will step up to the plate as 50,000 people are expected to flood the streets of downtown Palo Alto during the kickoff.


Hincapie to the startBreakaway From Cancer is hosting a 25-mile charity ride with George Hincapie on February 10th. The ride starts at the Stanford Blood Center in Palo Alto and will continue along the Portola Loop. They've amassed some nice fundraising Incentives for those who participate:

  • All fundraisers who raise $400 will receive a Breakaway from Cancer jersey autographed by George Hincapie.
  • All fundraisers who raise $750 will receive access to a special Meet and Greet with George Hincapie before the ride on Sunday, February 10, 2008.
  • The first 10 fundraisers who raise $1,500 will have the opportunity to start in 1st wave and ride with George Hincapie and will receive 2 VIP Hospitality passes for a Bay Area stop of the Amgen Tour of California.
  • The individual who raises the most money will receive a Giant Road Bike and opportunity to ride in the motorcade on one stage of the Amgen Tour of California.

Event Details

Tour of CaliforniaPalo Alto announced a 'Time Trial Challenge' to occur on the same day as the Prologue on Feburary 17th.

Time Trial Challenge:

  • Experience of a Lifetime
  • Rub Shoulders with athletes
  • Time yourself against the Mayor, your neighbors and pro athletes.
  • Challenge your friends, workmates and business competitors
  • Donations to Palo Alto Rec. Foundation (a nonprofit, publicly supported grant making foundation to support youth programs)
  • Celebrity Challenge between media personalities.
  • Minimum Bid of $500
  • Top 25 donors will have the opportunity to ride the official UCI route.
  • Check website for latest info:

It's not often you get city streets closed off to just you and other bikes. I'd consider entering if I wasn't working the camera... and if I were a better rider ;).

Palo Alto Stanford Prologue

BMC @ Pasta? tonight


I probably won't be able to make this one:


BMC Cycling Team at Local Restaurant

Palo Alto, CA -- Thursday January 10, PASTA? Restaurant located at 326 University Avenue in Palo Alto will be hosting the entire BMC Cycling Team and their entourage for dinner at 8pm. PASTA? is located along the official Palo Alto – Stanford Prologue route.

The Swiss based BMC Professional team will finish their week long training session for the Prologue today. After a grueling day cycling Mount Hamilton, the 16 person team will have the opportunity to enjoy a hearty family style Italian meal with the entire team and entourage.

This week’s training session has been the first time the entire team has tested the new BMC bicycles on local roads together. Of the 16 member team, 11 are American, one is from South Africa and four are Swiss. Only 8 riders will compete in the 2008 Amgen Tour of California.

Official Team Announcements will be made the week of January 14, for the 2008 Amgen Tour of California and details of individual members will be announced shortly thereafter. Teams from around the world will be coming to California for the largest, international professional cycling race in the United States.

The 2008 Amgen Tour of California is an eight-day US cycling event starting in Palo Alto on Sunday February 17, 2008. World class cyclists will kick off at 1 p.m. with a short, intense, individual time trial of about two miles. The Palo Alto – Stanford University Prologue is fast, flat, short and promises to be most exciting. Volunteer opportunities for this event are available at Further information at or email

BMC @ Hobees


BMC Dinner

Fritz/Cyclelicious alerted me to the BMC team dinner at Hobees in Palo Alto. The team is in town previewing the Tour of California route. I went on over to find out what the team had planned for the rest of their training camp. You can catch them on Mount Hamilton on Friday (1:30-ish) or along the Sausalito/Santa Rosa route on Monday (depart Mill Valley 10am). I took some photos while I was there, though I restrained myself given the Hobees setting.

BMC Dinner Photo Gallery

Representatives from local cycling clubs look on at the Palo Alto Prologue announcement

LeviPeninsula cyclists will be excited that Palo Alto and Stanford is hosting the Prologue for the 2008 Tour of California. Palo Alto was approached to bid this year and was able to wrest the start of the up-and-coming event from San Francisco.

Palo Alto Mayor Yoriko Kishimoto rode in on her well-ridden red bicycle to play emcee for this event that featured several speakers, including President of USA Cycling, Jim Orchowicz, and San Jose City Council Member Sam Liccardo. Local bike clubs were also well-represented with an array of local club representatives lined up behind the stage and Ted Huang of Webcor giving a brief speech. Speakers emphasized Palo Alto's bicycling community -- it was the first to pioneer the idea of a bike boulevard -- as well as its cycling terrain as factors in this year's selection.

The prologue announcement was sparse on the most important detail -- the actual route -- but it was described as a short route that would cross from the Palo Alto City Hall onto the Stanford campus along Palm Drive. The overall route this year is very similar to last year, except for the move of the Prologue to Palo Alto and the finishing stage now from Santa Clarita to Pasadena. The San Jose stage start was also changed to Modesto.

Mayor Kishimoto looks on during Ochowicz's speech SJ City Council Member Liccardo hoists the ToC jersey Jim Ochowicz, President of USA Cycling, talks about the Palo Alto Prologue IMG_8476

Cyclists present naturally wished that the route this year could have included some of the classic climbs in the area like King's or Highway 9, but logistical issues like road closures and TV coverage (most climbs in this area have tree overhangs) ruled those out for this year.

Amgen Tour of California Press Release: Host Cities Announced for 2008 Amgen Tour of California

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Al tells me that there's going to be a Tour of California announcement Wednesday (tomorrow) at 10:30AM. Should be the rumored Palo Alto Prologue course for next year's ToC. Go Peninsula!

The ToC prologue may be moving down the peninsula to Palo Alto. AEG invited Palo Alto and Stanford to host the course and the Palo Alto City Council has approved. Riders would do a short 3-mile trek from Palo Alto City Hall to the Stanford Campus.

I'm definitely excited. I love the Coit Tower Prologue in San Francisco, but us peninsula people have been dying to see the ToC run through our backyard. I don't know what the impact will be on Stage 1 -- may we'll get to see Kings Mountain/Skyline/etc... in the mix.

Palo Alto Online Article