Maybe I'm missing something, but the Tour of California route announcement thread gets stickied, but the Tour de France rout announcement doesn't?
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Yes.....this hadn't escaped me either. Giro route out today, although you'd hardly notice, in amongst all the Cali hype.luckyboy said:Maybe I'm missing something, but the Tour of California route announcement thread gets stickied, but the Tour de France route announcement doesn't?
This race will be dead in five years.
Mellow Velo said:Yes.....this hadn't escaped me either. Giro route out today, although you'd hardly notice, in amongst all the Cali hype.
It's certainly winning the forum battle, although, I did read this from a US poster elsewhere: this race will be dead in 5 years
luckyboy said:What time is that announced?
Yeah, I can't imagine it doing that well once Lance retires again, especially up against the Giro
noflyzone_allstars said:A few notes about the "new" stages at the end:
Stage 6 will not include the climb to Mt. Baldy ski lifts. It's an awesome climb but it dead ends in a dirt parking lot with a couple porta potties and it's in an entirely different mountain range than Big Bear.
This "Queen Stage" (route rumor: http://www.bikemap.net/route/340645?125623319557230#lt=34.25324&ln=-117.12387&z=11&t=0) will have a ton of climbing but generally not that steep. In fact a lot of rolling sections up the last climb and several miles of flat into the finish.
I wouldn't be surprised if the Big Bear stage is one of those over-hyped, under-dramatic days where guys watch each other and save it for the next day's TT and the final day which sounds like it could be more selective and decisive.
On the last day, Decker Canyon is 1600+ vertical feet at 7% and the finishing circuits are said to include "Rock Store Hill" which is about 900 vertical feet and probably around 6%. These are my home roads and that would be a brutal race, great for attacking and horrible for organizing a chase.
Alpe d'Huez said:The Pacific Northwest is the place that needs to have it's own professional tour held each August. Imagine a 7-9 day stage race through the Cascades? The scenery from Lassen and Shasta through Oregon and Washington is stunning, and and there are absurd amount if bicyclists in this area. Portland is like the cycling capital of the US. The weather in August is much more reasonable there as well, perfect actually.