The eyes of the cycling world will be on California starting next weekend. And the hearts of Manx worldwide will be with Mark Cavendish, one of the best sprinters in world cycling. Mark rides with Team Columbia – Highroad. For those of us in Northern California, the most important parts of the race are in the first few days.

Prologue – Sacramento Feb. 14 Start 1:30 PM

Stage 1 – Davis to Santa Rosa Feb. 15 12:00 to 4:00 PM*

Stage 2 Sausalito to Santa Cruz Feb. 16 8:30 to 1:00 PM*

Stage 3 San Jose to Modesto Feb. 17 12:00 to 4:00 PM*

*Arrival times are approximate, better plan on much earlier.

The web site for the Tour of California is at:

Try to come out and cheer Mark on to another Stage victory. Gow, dooiney, Gow!
HAT TIP: Jack Cormode