Sunday, March 21, 2010

2010 Tour of California Final Stage (8) is my Tuesday night training ride!!

...but we only do it once or twice. They have to do it 4 times!!

ToC web site.
Stage Map

...and some of the local Amgen riders did a video too:

Here is guide to the video:

The lake you see at about 00:06, with the heavily populated island, isWestlake. The shot before that, and many after are looking south into the Santa Monica Mountains from the Thousand Oaks, Agoura Hills, Westlake Village area.

The rider in the short sleeves is Gustavo Corona. He is a very strong climber, but I did lap the feild at the Thursday night crit with him once. He can get his head very low.

The other guy is usually someone I don't know, but in a few shots its Bruce Gustafson. Bruce comes out for the Tuesday night ride too sometimes. He dances by me on the climb, with 40 more watts at threshold, and at least 20 pounds less.

1:39: I used to teach classes in one of the buildings on the lower right.

1:49: We usually take the little detour on Lake Vista Drive, by Malibu Lake. Less traffic.

1:56: The Rock Store Cafe is where all the motorcyclists hang out on the weekends. 

2:01: They have a police officer with them, who at this point is presumably in front of them blocking traffic, as the rock face makes for a very blind turn.

2:05: The fork in the road is where Mulholland Highway, which the riders will come up, splits from Upper Encinal Canyon. When there is enough daylight after work, a lot of us add Upper Encinal to the loop.

2:20: That is the Decker Canyon descent into Westlake. If you want to see a riders eye view of the whole descent click here.

The course is interesting, in that its got a lot of twisty technical climbing, and descending. The Decker descent corners are tight even by Pro standards, and when you add in the off camber stuff and undulations, well lets hope nobody biffs it. The field will likely split up more times than it comes together on this course. Don't look for a big field sprint, it will be a smaller group.

I wonder if I can take a run down the descent with full road closure? ;-)

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