Stage 1 of Tour of Cali still “on hold”

Update: Stage 1 was canceled. And Delores Pickford (@dpk4d) gives us a really good example of why.

The official release from officials says that Stage 1 of the Tour of California is slated for a 1:15pm Pacific time start – using a much shortened course allowing for the scheduled end time of  3:15-4pm pacific to remain as scheduled.

However, given the weather that just rolled through Sacramento, there still remains the possibility of a complete neutralization of the inaugural stage of the 2011 race.

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Riders in Tour of Cali honor fellow cyclist

Riders in this years Tour of California will be wearing wrist bands to honor fellow cyclist Wouter Weylandt.  Weylandt was a rider for Pro team Leopard Trek.  His life tragically ended after a crash in stage 3 of the Giro d’Italia.

Stage 4 of the Giro was neutralized in memorial, with riders completing the stage as a group, Leopard Trek leading across the finish.

Also joining Leopard Trek at the front of the peloton was Tyler Farrar, friend of training partner of Weylandt.  Farrar opted not to complete the Giro after Stage 4 in an understandable move to mourn the loss of his friend.

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Ride your bike to Tour of California

If you are planning on attending the finish of Stage 2 of the Amgen Tour of California.  Sacramento can be tricky it park in and negotiate on a good weekend day.  Throw in all of the traffic for a major cycling event and you’re likely to find yourself walking miles even if you do drive downtown.  However, Sacramento Area Bicycle Advocates (SABA) are helping to solve this problem for you.

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Safe and Complete Streets Act of 2011

On May 5, 2010 Doris Matsui (D-CA) has introduced H.R. 1780 – The Safe & Complete Streets Act of 2011.  This legislation is poised to place requirements on projects that utilize federal funds that necessitate the adherence to a ‘Complete Streets‘ policy.  While submitted by Matsui, the bill also lists Steven LaTourette as co-sponsor.  LaTourette previously sponsored the Complete Streets Act of 2009.

…require each state’s department of transportation and metropolitan planning organization to put in place a Complete Streets policy that ensures all Federally-funded transportation projects accommodate the safety and convenience of all users. Complete Streets policies ensures roadways are built with all users in mind – including bicyclists, public transportation vehicles and riders, motorists, freight vehicles, and pedestrians of all ages and abilities. This bipartisan legislation is cosponsored by Congressman Steven LaTourette (R-OH).

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Sacramento will paint more bike lanes

According to an Examiner.com article, Sacramento is ready to start adding more painted bike lanes to downtown Sacramento streets over the next 18 months.

The plans aim to create an environment downtown which resembles the bike-friendly portions of midtown, where cycling is popular and bikeways are more common.

This seems in line with what appears to be a growing trend of bike-friendliness throughout the region.

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Folsom receives funding for new bike facillity

Bike Friendly CityAccording to the City of Folsom newsletter, folks traveling to Folsom on bike, light rail or other options will have a secure facility to park their bicycles in downtown Folsom.

Folsom continues to make moves to accommodate bicycle infrastructure.  These actions are in line with Folsom’s ranking of a Silver level Bicycle Friendly Community by the League of American Bicyclists.

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Benefit ride to assist family of local cyclist

Family man, Sacramento area cyclist and friend, Matthew Wietrick, was seriously injured while riding his road bike in the early morning of February 5th, 2011.

His friends and fellow cyclists are putting together a charity ride on June 12, 2011 to help Matthew both emotionally and financially.

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Rode a trainer – that’s something, right?

To a cyclist there is possibly nothing worse than an injury in spring.  The sun is shining, and folks are out en masse riding around.  Every corner seems to echo with the sounds of folks clicking in – the whir of chains on cogs.

At least, that is how it seems when you are stuck waiting for a silly collarbone to heal.

But yesterday I did take my first tentative steps by mounting my bike on the trainer and spinning for a little less than an hour.  The tenderness at the broken bone as I supported my weight on the bars for the first time indicated that the bumps and vibrations of the road are at least a week or so out for me still.

Nonetheless, this may be one of the first times that my indoor trainer was a welcome device – instead of a necessity to grumble through.

Amgen Tour of California just around the corner

We’re getting close to another Tour of California.  The team lists show a competitive field that should make for some great racing.  I’ll be covering a few of the stages for VeloReviews, as well as looking out for Team Type 1 for here at JustAnotherCyclist.com.  Also, there are plans brewing to get some like minded folks together during some of the stages.  If you are going to be at any of them, let me know so that we can meet up in person.

Bicycle Film Festival in Sac

The Bicycle Film Festival will be in Sacramento on May 12, 13 and 14th.

The festival showcases a number of bicycle-centric short films, ranging in length for just a couple of minutes to about 45 minutes.

The festival opens on the 12th with screenings at Sacramento’s Crocker Art Museum.  Things then go “outdoors” for Friday and Saturday night as activities move to Freemont park on 16th and Q street.  And perhaps not by chance, that park just happens to be across the street from the apparent center of the Sacramento cycling universe – Hot Italian.

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