Amgen Tour of California Returns to Delta

Tour of California is one of the best professional road races in the USA. It is a competition for both men and women and is attracting world class teams.

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Peter Sagan won the World Championship Road Race since winning Tour of California 2015. Will he be back to defend his title?

This year the race will start in Southern California and then conclude in Northern California. Stage 5 will start in Lodi. The final stage (8) will be in Sacramento.

 

“May 19, 2016 – Men’s Stage 5

Stage 5 will usher riders from the beautiful vineyards of Lodi to a long gradual ascent to an uphill finish in South Lake Tahoe, reaching a peak elevation of 8,600 feet – the highest in race history. The ride, essentially a 130-mile climb that gains in elevation from 50 feet to 6,650 at the finish, will showcase California’s diversity, from the rich soil of the Central Valley to the mighty peaks of the Sierra Nevada Mountains.”

The VIP hours for the start are 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. If you want to view from the street downtown–plan for breakfast and watching the controlled start. They will be out of town after a few minutes. You can sometimes see your favorite riders and get autographs outside their team bus.

“May 22, 2016 – Men’s Stage 8

The capital city of California has hosted the Amgen Tour of California Overall Start for the past two years as well as individual stage finishes; 2016 will bring its first Overall Finish. This sports-crazed city is thriving with a new stadium under construction and several national sporting events taking place throughout the year.

The course will travel along the Sacramento River and cross Tower Bridge twice before returning downtown where fans will anxiously wait along the traditional finish circuits around the Capitol building.

Last year was the closest men’s race finish ever with general classification champion Peter Sagan winning by a mere 3 seconds after earning an intermediate sprint time bonus and bonus seconds on the final stage sprint. What excitement will this year’s final race day hold?”

“May 22, 2016 – Women’s Stage 4

The overall champion will be decided after 20 laps of a downtown Sacramento circuit on wide, fast roads. Fans can expect shakeups until the very end — last year, Sacramento saw a thrilling women’s finish when Trixi Worrack’s (GER) general classification win came down to sprint time bonuses and the final sprint for the stage.”

The festival is usually staged on 10th Street in front of the Capitol. The streets around the capitol will be blocked off most of the day. Ride your bike downtown and enjoy a fun Sunday outing. Watch the women’s circuit race and then watch the final laps of the men’s race. Final prize presentations follow shortly after each finish.

I am hoping Peter Sagan returns to defend his title. He is one of the most exciting professional riders in the world. Watch as he avoids a crash on the cobbles at Paris-Roubaix 2016. He’s the cyclist in white on the right who also avoided a spectator on the grass! Mad bike skills.

 

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Gem of a Library: Ella K. McClatchy

20160413_174824I only just discovered Sacramento’s hidden gem in the Ella K. McClatchy Library. The Sacramento Public library system hosted a booth at the Midtown Farmers Market and handed out the cards with a list of libraries and their hours. (This is important since the hours have been crazy for some time.)

In the Delta there are some lovely libraries. The Clarksburg library in Yolo County is my favorite. The Walnut Grove library is also fine community resource. I have yet to visit the Isleton library at the Elementary School.

When I heard about the Ella K. McClatchy library at 2112-22nd Street on Poverty Hill, I was intrigued and made plans to visit.

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The children’s section is very inviting. Family Storytime is every Tuesday from 10-10:30.

I cycled over on a Wednesday and discovered a jewel of a library in an circa 1900 home. I picked up a calendar and discovered a knitting circle and a Jane Austen Reading Group. Both are held in an upstairs bedroom converted to a parlour. The calendar also lists a Tolkein Book Club, Lego Mania! (for children), and Shakespeare Sonnet Reading.

You might wonder what relevance a library has in today’s high tech world. It is a meeting place, a source of free books, dvds and books on tape, and a place to use the computer. The best communities have well-resourced libraries. The Ella K. McClatchy library is worth seeking out.

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Knowing library hours are critical: http://www.saclibraryorg for a complete listing.