Tour Of California
These days there is a lot of talk about The Giro. Having placed the two first stages of the 2012 edition in Denmark, this legendary race have branded itself successfully in the minds of the Danes.
Tour of California is as close as America gets to a Grand Tour like the Giro, the Tour de France or the Vuelta. What it lacks is the history, the legend and lore. It’s not because California is inadequate in any way, or the route is without drama and difficulty. From the Capitol in Sacramento to the Golden Gate, down the Pacific coastline and through ancient forests and wind turbine farms into the Central Valley. Then south, over the San Gabriel Mountains to the top of Palomar, the Tour of California is as epic a ride as it is a race.
Rapha has made this beautiful video of the Tour of California 2009