Tour of California Ride Recap
May 27, 2016
Last weekend, Northern California cyclists had the opportunity to witness Stages 7 and 8 of the Tour of California go down in their own backyards. It's always humbling to see roads you've labored over get gobbled up by cyclists infinitely stronger, leaner and faster than you or any of your friends.
We were lucky to be invited to a ride organized by local cycling companies Capo Cycling Apparel and Gu Energy which included the entire Stage 7 course as it rambled out of Santa Rosa and through spots like Cazadero, King Mountain Ridge, Meyer's Grade, Jenner and of course, Coleman Valley Road.
Our group took it easy for the most part, cutting out much of the flat coming out of Santa Rosa and opting for a ride full of undulating ascents, plunging coastal descents and did I mention, Coleman Valley Road?
Overall, a great time had by all. We're lucky to have this premier race wind through our home state and are already looking forward to seeing the route plan for next year.
Laurens Ten Dam and the rest of the peloton try to catch the two chase groups up Coleman Valley Road. Ultimately, they would which makes you wonder why anyone ever tries a break. Nibali will tell you.
Peter Sagan in the break, which ultimately would not hold. Makes you wonder had he not upheld the break for as long as he did, might he have won the stage.
As only the stylish in Northern California do.
The (almost) top of Coleman Valley Road climb. After that gnarly grind, I'd think they'd get more than a red polka dot balloon greeting them.
Meyers Grade descent headed North / Northwest toward Jenner.
The (almost) top of Cazadero. Lots of cows.