Sacramento was treated to some fantastic pro racing as the modified stage 2 course of the 2011 Amgen Tour of California offered 3 circuits around the state capitol building. A breakaway of 4 riders struggled to stay ahead of the peloton, but were caught before rolling onto the streets of California’s capitol city, where huge crowds waited despite the threat of poor weather.
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).
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.
As the single-race event that precedes the Santos Tour down Under, the Cancer Council Classic basically marks the official start of the Pro Tour road racing year. This is the first chance for us to see teams out with their new kits and equipment in an actual competitive scenario.
The Cancer Council Classic is a criterium – this year measuring 51 Km in length. Final glory went to Matthew Goss of HTC Columbia, followed immediately by team mate and lead out man extraordinaire Mark Renshaw. Robbie McEwen of Team RadioShack rounded out the top 3.
Based on the number of folks that are reading my previous STP 2011 story, a lot of folks are already interested in the 2011 ride. And with the amount of interest, it looks like we’ll all need to stay on top of this to ensure we can register.
Online only event registration opens at noon on Monday, Jan. 10 exclusively for Cascade Bicycle Club members. Event registration opens at 9 a.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 1 to the general public.
Pro Cycling is, unfortunately, not very well covered on television in the US. For most of us, that pushes us to either insane satellite TV receiver hacking, or the internet. And for the internet, nothing is as valuable a resource as www.cyclingfans.com. You can follow them on twitter, or facebook.
And thanks to them, use yankees (and non-yankees, as the case may be) can catch a glimpse of the 2011 pro team presentations. Even though we already know who will be on most of these teams, these presentations are still fun to watch.
Ben King has moved from the Trek-Livestrong team and signed with Team Type 1. He is one of six new riders that have joined the ranks of Team Type 1 for the 2011 season. There has been a long-stated goal of Team Type 1 to be in the Tour de France in 2012, and it would seem they are heading in that direction. As a step towards that goal they’re targeting the Giro d’Italia in 2011.