23 July 08
Our breakfasts continue to be enlivened by following the Tour de France. Today was the critical final mountain stage, this year ending in the famed Alpine climb up l’Alpe d’Huez. Carlos Sastre rode like a banshee the final few steep kilometers, winning both the stage and taking the overall lead. The remaining decisive stage will be Saturday’s time trial; we shall see whether Sastre can hold his lead, or will lose it to a better time trialist.
Today we had exciting news about California’s answer to the Tour de France, the Tour of California. This cycling race, first held in 2006, has become the biggest stage race in the United States. These past couple of years the race has passed through Davis in a stage running from Santa Rosa to Sacramento. Thanks in part to the enthusiasm of Davis cycling fans these past two years, Davis won’t just be an intermediate town on the way, but will be the starting point for the second stage of the race next year. This stage will run from Davis to Santa Rosa. Happily, this stage will be on a Sunday (February 15) so we’ll be there to watch and take in the pre-stage festivities!