This past Sunday San Diego hosted the first stage of the Tour of California Bicycle Race. The Amgen Tour of California is a Tour de France-style cycling road race created and presented by AEG that challenges the world's top professional cycling teams to compete along a demanding course that traverses hundreds of miles of California's iconic highways, byways and coastlines each spring. The teams chosen to participate have included Olympic medalists, Tour de France contenders and World Champions. Amgen Tour of California is listed on the international professional cycling calendar. This was the first year that San Diego was a host city though the race has gone through the county in the past.
As the course came very close to our home, I, and a neighbor, went out to watch. Of course, I took my camera with me, and had picked out a location at the bottom of a hill with a turn for some good action shots. This day’s race was 108 miles in length. When they passed us they had completed about 80 miles of the race.
The leading group had a very short lead of about 1 minute. I was not able to capture pictures of the leaders as they were blocked by police and race committee motorcycles. There were about 12 riders in this lead group.
|Here They Come|
The peloton, or main group of riders quickly followed. This is a compact group of the rest of the riders. This second group consisted of about 130 riders. As they made the turn onto Mission Gorge Road all I could do was hold the camera still and shoot in continuous mode.
The total viewing time of the race where we were was about 1 minute and 15 seconds!!