Tour of California comes to Santa Barbara Again

Tour of CaliforniaOnce again the Amgen Tour of California will make its way to the Santa Barbara area, with the individual time trial this Friday the 22nd of February in Solvang and the beginning of stage six starting in Santa Barbara the following day. Many locals are extatic each year to see the race come through our neighborhoods.  Over the last many years with the fame of Lance Armstrong, the Santa Barbara area has become a biking destination and training area for many professional riders.  I myself have viewed the race twice and was overly impressed.  One year we lined oursleves on the sprint down in front of Shoreline Park and were truly overwhelmed at the speeds reached.  Another great aspect of the race is the few hours preceding the start of the stage the following morning.  You can gather down on Cabrillo Boulevard and for the most part engage riders with some small talk and questions, gaze at equipment, take some pictures and simply experience a good amount of what goes on with the team's preparations.  The time trial begins at noon on Friday and is expected to take most riders about three hours to complete.  The 105-mile stage six of the tour is a long stage beginning in Santa Barbara on Cabrillo Boulevard between Garden Street and Calle Caesar Chavez on Feb. 23 at 11 a.m. For the first time in 3 years, the stage will wind through downtown Carpinteria as well. The eight-day tour started in wet weather this year in Palo Alto on Feb. 17 with the prologue going to Juan Jose Haedo of Argentina.  The final stage concludes Feb. 24 in Pasadena.  Links: Amgen Tour of California, Tour of California - Solvang (shows many of the best viewing spots for the time trial here locally) Further Reading: Support Turning the Tide on Ocean Pollution Here in Santa Barbara CA., Summer Art, Culture, Festivals in Santa Barbara CA., Santa Barbara Int'l Film Festival Kicks Off, The Secret of The Santa Barbara Channel IslandsYour Santa Barbara Weekend Home Getaway For information on Real Estate here in Santa Barbara, Montecito and/or our surrounding areas, as well as any other aspects of life in our area, please don’t hesitate to contact Kevin Schmidtchen at Sotheby’s Int’l Realty. Thank you for reading.  I hope you find Santa Barbara Real Estate Voice informative.  Please feel free to contact me or comment below with any thoughts. Subscribe to Receive Personal Listings of Santa Barbara Area Properties Search the Santa Barbara Area MLS

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