Wednesday, February 10, 2010

No Tour de Tracy in 2010

The Amgen Tour of California — the most prestigious bike race in the country — won't go through Tracy in 2010 as an encore of its 2009 trip into town.

A year ago, the best bikers in the world, including Lance Armstrong, sped through Tracy, bringing out crowds enthusiastic supporters, a large portion of whom were students.

This year's trek will once again take bikers up and over the Altamont Hills, but the route over the top will instead take them from Livermore down Del Puerto Canyon road and into Patterson before a dash across the valley to the Stage 4 finish line in Modesto. (You can see the full tour map here.)

Some folks might be glad to hear there won't be any cyclist-induced road closures, but I'm going to miss the blur of bikes in Tank Town. Here's hoping for the tour's return in 2011.
Photo copyright of Glenn Moore/Tracy Press