Amgen Tour of California announced their route today and it looks like we get a full NorCal Bay Area centric group of races to go choose from. Stage 4 from Sonora to Clovis looks like the only REAL foray in to the central valley, but looks like some of the route covers parts of famed NorCal spring classics put on by Velo Promo. It’s hard to say which of the three bay area races will draw the largest crowds. The Santa Rosa route will be beautiful, and the Santa Cruz finish should draw the usual mob of cyclists/bums from the other side of the hill. My money is on the big party being on Mt. Diablo during Stage 3. It’s the first time the race is going up the mountain and some Strava records will get broken. I’m not encouraging you to dress up and harras the riders but definitely take some booze up the hill and make a day of it.
We need to pick some NorCal colors. I’m thinking Black and Orange might work… kinda do an SF Giants thing. If not I’d just go for Red and White – let the voting begin.