Excerpted from the San Francisco Chronicle:
(12-04) 21:10 PST -- After a one-year absence, San Francisco is back in the mix in the Amgen Tour of California.
But don't blink, because you might miss it.
In the first two editions of the Tour of California, San Francisco hosted the prologue, the opening race of the week-long event, and cycling fans got a good, long look at the riders as they pedaled, one by one, from the Ferry Building to the top of Telegraph Hill.
In 2008, Palo Alto was the site of the prologue, and the Tour completely skipped over San Francisco. When the race begins for the fourth time in mid-February, Sacramento will have the honor of being the kick-off city.
But when the second road stage is run Feb. 16, San Francisco will be back on the race map, albeit for a tiny portion of the 115.9-mile run from Sausalito to Santa Cruz: The peloton will cross the Golden Gate Bridge, take a jaunt through the Presidio and the Outer Richmond and then whizz down Great Highway before hooking up with U.S. Highway 1 in Pacifica.
This and other details of the eight-day, 780-mile Tour of California were released Thursday by race organizers.
I was reading the story and was thinking of heading out to the Great Highway to watch and then I saw that they are coming through MY town on MY roads.
I get the Pros ride the roads I've now ridden hundreds of times...
I get to ride down to Pedro Point and watch them climb up to the top of Devil's Slide!
I am so STOKED!
Of course, it takes me 13 minutes to climb that mile and a half, they'll do it in 5. Oh well.
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