As if there isn’t enough going on with the Oscars tomorrow, don’t forget that the Tour of California concludes with Stage 7 in Long Beach.
Today I went up to Ojai with The Man, who is a huge bike racing fan. We staked out a primo spot just below the King of the Hill position on the Dennison Grade on Ojai-Santa Paula Road for the middle part of Stage 6. From this overlook where you can get a fantastic view of the Ojai Valley, we could see the racers snaking up the switchback road.
Watching a race like this is kind of odd, the racers go by very quickly. There was the leader group, followed closely by the pelleton and then a third group about a minute or two back.
The photo shows Paolo Bettini in the front in white. Shortly after I shot this, he was overtaken by the fellow in light blue in third position, Fabian Wegmann, who won the “King of the Mountain” points for that climb.
(For the record, this is probably the only sports-related post you’ll find me doing.)