While the entire tour route looks like it'll be a juicy race this year, the SoCal routes look promising for spectators. Stage 6 in particular looks like it would be fun to spend a day at the races. From this year's description:
"The ominous Balcom Canyon will be the final climb of the day, where in 2007 nearly 25,000 fans formed a narrow corridor for the riders. The cyclists will end the day with three circuit laps in Santa Clarita that finish at McBean Parkway at the Valencia Town Center."
Given that this year's tour will include the new Slipstream/Chipotle team, in only their second '08 race, I think it would be awesome to be among those 25K lined up along Balcom Canyon cheering the riders on! Sure it would take a little effort getting up early enough and parking somewhere nearby, then walking (or riding a bike?) up the canyon and select a spot and remain there all day until the racers pass through. I'll more than likely not get a chance to be a spectator along one of the TdF's legendary mountain climbs, but this will be close enough. The following day's ride up Millcreek Summit and down into Pasadena for a Rose Bowl curcuit finish also looks promising. Anyone watch in person last year? Any interest this year? Tips? Insights? I'm gonna make an effort to be there, video camera in hand.