Is the Amgen Tour bike race California’s drought cure?
The tenth edition of the Amgen Tour of California pro bike race starts this Friday, May 8, 2015, in South Lake Tahoe with stage 1 of the four stage women’s race. The men’s race starts on Sunday, May 10, 2015, in Sacramento. South Lake Tahoe was supposed to be the starting location of the 2011 men’s race, but snow forced the last minute cancellation of the stage. In 2011the rider sign-up was completed, the riders were at the start line, the media including myself, were ordered off the course, but the starter gun never fired. According to the race website the 2011 weather was a “freak snow storm”. The site also says the cancellation was just as well so the scenic loop around Lake Tahoe “was saved for its debut as part of the tenth anniversary edition Amgen Tour of California”. Well folks I hate to say it but the weather forecast for Thursday and Friday in South Lake Tahoe includes the possibility of snow. Never taunt Mother Nature or call her freaky.
I have covered almost all of the Amgen Tours. I love the race and I will be at some of this year’s race. It is a great race to watch, but be prepared because there always seems to be some weather challenges. While covering the race I have learned how to take apart and dry my camera with my car heater while driving between stages. I have learned the difference between water resistant and water proof jackets. I have learned to pack plastic trash bags and small towels in my camera bag. I learned that it always rains in Santa Rosa on race day, and that it does snow in Southern California (Stage 7 2009 on Mount Palomar). I have also increased my respect for the riders, their team mechanics and support teams, the race staff and volunteers who even when the weather turns awful still persevere and put on a great event. Finally I learned that while bad weather makes racers and photographers miserable it does make for interesting pictures. Take a look at the accompanying slide show.
Which leads me to wonder; is bike racing a novel solution to California’s drought?
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