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Tour of California 2008 Route


toc.logo.gifThe 2008 Amgen Tour of California Route has been announced. Some interesting details:

  • Prologue: The short prologue trades SF's Telegraph Hill for the Stanford Oval. The Oval should provide better viewing for spectators, but less challenging for the riders.
  • Stage 1/2: Pretty much the same?
  • Stage 3: Mt Hamilton has been added to the course, so the riders will now have to contend with both the Hamilton and Sierra Rd climb in a 26 mile stretch, before the long 18-mile run-in to the finish. Voigt, Leipheimer, and Horner managed to succeed in a break with just Sierra Road in the mix. The addition of Hamilton adds a much desired climb and new strategic element to the race.
  • Stage 4/5/6: Pretty much the same?
  • Stage 7: The final stage gets a bit of retooling: a 60-mile course from Santa Clarita to Pasadena, including the highest elevation of any ToC route (Millcreek Summit), followed by 6 five-mile laps around the Rose Bowl.

Now I'm off to head to route announcement ceremony at Palo Alto.

Tour de France 2008 Route


2008.tour.route.jpgThe 2008 route for the Tour de France has been announced. It's being billed as an more 'unpredictable' course that launches straight into three road stages in Brittany and a stage 4 individual time trial. Stage 16, right after a rest day, is being billed as an especially interesting stage: 157km, with 62km of climbing and 43km of descent over two climbs.

I'm in the typical whiner camp: I like prologues and I miss the team time trial. Stage 17 features Alpe d'Huez, which is nice consolation.

Tour de France Route '07


*Update: See also CyclingNews' Map and Stage Descriptions

Tour riders will have some unrestful rest days this year. After two days of climbing in the Alps, they will earn their first rest day, but they will immediately get hit with Stage 9's lovely combo of l'Iseran, Telegraphe, and Galibier. The next rest day follows the same strategy: 2 days of Alps climbs, rest day, and then a mountain top finish on Col d'Aubisque.

Sadly, no team time trial or mountain time trial, but it should be an exciting route. A London start is a fun plus: it should be added incentive for Millar to show his Prologue legs.

'07 Tour route unveiled

I'm really looking forward to the Tour of California next year. The crowds were big this year, but think of the Floyd Landis effect. There are In-n-Out Burger chains in/near all the new host cities (Sacramento, Stockton, and Long Beach have In-n-Outs, there's one nearby Santa Clarita in Newhall, and Salinas is 20 min from Seaside), so Landis will be unable to resist entering.

The route itself is still under wraps, but here the basics are below. It was previously announced that San Jose would not get two stages this year; now we know that the time trial has migrated south to Solvang.

  • Prologue: Sunday, Feb. 18 - San Francisco
  • Stage 1: Monday, Feb. 19 - Sausalito to Santa Rosa
  • Stage 2: Tuesday, Feb. 20 - Santa Rosa to Sacramento
  • Stage 3: Wednesday, Feb. 21 - Stockton to San Jose
  • Stage 4: Thursday, Feb. 22 - Seaside to San Luis Obispo
  • Stage 5: Friday, Feb. 23 - Solvang time trial
  • Stage 6: Saturday, Feb. 24 - Santa Barbara to Santa Clarita
  • Stage 7: Sunday, Feb. 25 - Long Beach circuit race

The definites for me are the prologue and stage 3. The most curious for me is the stage 5 Solvang time trial -- they probably moved that later as the time trial was too decisive too early in the 2006 event. Stage 6 also looks like it could be really exciting -- my guess is that it will swing up through Ojai and top a mountain or two. I'm thinking of driving down Thursday night and taking in stages 5-7 in addition to the prologue and stage 3. (To all you Tour of Georgians -- next year might also be the year I make it out to Brasstown Bald).

Amgen Tour of California Press Release: AEG Announces Host Cities for 2007

Tour of California Full Route Announced


Tour of CaliforniaThe full route and maps are available on the Tour of California site. They include departure times, estimated arrival times, elevation profiles, and both Google Maps and pdf versions of the road route. Stage 5 goes through Solvang, where both Discovery and CSC are training. It should be a good test of who knows the Cat 1 San Marco Pass better. If work dies down a bit I may just have to road trip down, but if not I'll have to be content with the Cat 1 climb up Sierra Road in San Jose for Stage 2.