Amgen Tour of California

The second annual Amgen Tour of California started in San Francisco yesterday with the prologue running from the Ferry Building to Coit Tower.

Unfortunately, last year’s winner and 2006 Tour de France champion, Floyd Landis, will not be riding in this year’s Tour (both), but you can follow the teams in the peloton virtually, in real time, thanks to CSC’s Omnilocation and Google Earth.

Seven riders, plus the lead vehicle and broom wagon will carry a small GPS tracker. Using dynamic mapping developed by CSC, cycling fans to track racers and the peloton using Google Earth. This is a link to the Google Earth tracker and this is a link at CSC’s web site using Google maps.

The Amgen Tour of California

It Was Over in About 20 Seconds…that’s about how long it took the peloton to ride past us today. Fortunately, they went by us twice, since we were watching during the neutral race start (the no racing part of the race).

Tour of California

I didn’t get any good pitures anyway, not knowing how to use the !@%# camera. Should read the manual or maybe get Joe’s DVD. Overall leader, Stage 3 Time Trial winner, ninth place 2005 Tour day Francer and Phonak rider Floyd Landis (11) powers up David Avenue past the Monterey Aquarium.