2015 Tour of California: Stage 01
The whole course. Because it was flat and bright and mostly hidden. And ugly. And supernaturally boring
I Today's High Points & Low Points
- Getting cuties at the Starbucks adjacent to the Hyatt Regency, and at the start.
- Taqueria El Burrito in Davis, California. MFS recommends ordering tacos because it's taco-worthy. Which taco-worthy distinction, it should be noted, is the highest praise and distinction a Mexican Eating Establishment, be it a taqueria or a restaurant or a cart in a Sears parking lot in Salt Lake City or whatever, can receive. We didn't know Taqueria El Burrito was taco-worthy so we ordered burritos (carnitas), California Style. California Style burritos at Taqueria Burrito come with your choice of meat, rice, beans, cheese, potatoes, avocado (not guacamole) and tomatoes. And they're stunning, truly. That, or maybe Kyle and I have been in Portland, Oregon for too long and therefore woefully mis-calibrated. Sidenote: Dear Readers, if any of you have first hand experience with Taqueria El Burrito in Davis, California and you think it's as good as we think it is, or nowhere near as good as we think it is, please contact us and share your thoughts.
- Pinkberry (Emiliano is practiced at Pinkberry so Kyle and I watched him go first. As many of you will know, the first decision is choosing the foundation flavor. Emiliano recommended original because it's both "sweet and tart." The woman helping us also recommended the original, suggesting that "if you like greek yogurt, you will love the taste of original." All three of us chose cups over cones. Regarding toppings; Emiliano chose strawberries and mochi, Kyle chose pineapple and strawberry, and Daniel chose strawberries and dark chocolate crisps).
- When Ted King threw trash at me from inside the bike race. Maybe it was bottle. Who knows. It was something for sure. It doesn't matter, just getting recognized when you're standing on the side of the road, especially a hot/boring/overly-bright/nonconsensual section of road, by a professional racer in the middle of a race, even if as a "target" is truly a pleasure. In fact, up to a point, what that means in terms of what's "too gnarly" or "too gross" is yet to be determined, and therefore Manual for Speed hereby encourages everyone racing the 2015 Tour of California to throw something at us out there on the course if and when it's possible.
- Visiting with, talking to, witnessing, high-fiving, hugging, shouting at, getting shouted at by Joe Dombrowski, Ted King (thanks for the trash!), Ben King, Kiel Reijnen (thanks for the thumbs up!), Alex Howes (thanks for the hug!), Danny Summerville (thanks for the peace fingers!), Phil Gaimon, Lachlan Morton, Gavin Mannion, Joe Lewis, Mike Creed, Kristoffer Skjerping, Freddy Rodriquez as well as many others that we can't think of at 1:49 AM.
- Capital Park because Capital Park is DELIGHTFUL.
- Selfie requests of us, not by us.
- The line at the Starbucks.
- The Tour of California no longer provides Media with a proper Media/Prensa/Stampa sticker. Which lack of sticker compromises and complicates navigating the rolling enclosure as well as entering and exiting the course ahead of the race.
- Learning that access to a photo moto costs $250.00 dollars per stage.
- Witnessing several photo moto motorcycles on the course pass by empty and unburdened, and thoroughly pointless.
- Being forced off the course by CHP. Typically the advantage of driving the course well ahead of the Peloton is the opportunity to choose a spot on the course from which to photograph the race. Today, however, the spot was chosen for Manual for Speed. It wasn't a particularly good spot and we had about two hours of a four hour bike race invested in this section of the race.
- When Ted King threw trash at me from inside the bike race.
- The Burger King (and Taco Bell) section of the course where we stopped to photograph the race.
- The whole course. Because it was flat and bright and mostly hidden. And ugly. And supernaturally boring.
II Told by Towle: TOC Stage 01
I’m Dave Towle and I would like to thank you for joining me for the first edition of Told By Towle.
“When the world’s most talented cyclists are literally tearing each other apart in the gladiator pit that is professional cycling, Manual for Speed is there to capture the Speed, Humanity and Spectacle of California’s Greatest Race.”
Stage 01: “Manual for Speed blasted through Sac Town on a two burrito binger fueled by cup after cup of high octane java! Strategically split into two teams, one group blazed along the back roads in their custom labeled mid-sized rental eventually catching up with the World Class peloton next to a Burger King. The other half stalked the chillers of Capitol Park while waiting to pounce on the thrilling sprint finish. After the race they retired to the sanctuary of the Hilton Garden Inn for a supersonic night of high-energy blogging.”
III The Top Dogs of the Double Tree
Manual for Speed was between acts and idling at the hotel bar when we were cruised by a septuagenarian in a flowing teal and magenta ren fair meets pajama ensemble. After a few cracks about her overweight husband she invited us to the Keeshond Nationals that were just wrapping up in another wing of the Double Tree. We went but in the end we didn’t hook up.
IV Takin' the Temperature
V Capitol Park Start
VI Capitol Park: Women's Race
VII Non-Consensual River Road Race Coverage
VIII UC Davis feat. Taqueria El Burrito
IX Burger King Intersection
X Capitol Park Finish
XI Kalifornia Facts by Klaus
- California’s population is 38.8 million. That’s more than both Canada and Poland. One out of every eight Americans lives in California.
- If California were a country, it would be the eighth largest economy in the world.
- California has 11 seaplane bases.
- California’s flag depicts a grizzly bear named Monarch, which was captured by William Randolph Hearst in 1899. The last reported sighting of a wild California grizzly bear was in 1924.
- Official state motto: Eureka (sans exclamation point).
- California has the largest Armenian population outside Armenia.
- The Country Store in Baker, CA has sold more winning California State Lottery tickets than any outlet in the state.
- California inventions include: Barbie dolls, blue jeans, the square tomato, wetsuits, cobb salad, squeegees, The Wave, Pet Rocks, and lasers.
- Wilsons Leather, purveyors of quality leather goods, has twenty-five locations in California.
- Town names in California include: Cool, Raisin, Likely and Weed. Weed’s town motto is “Weed like to welcome you”.
- In 2007 The Red Hot Chili Peppers filed a lawsuit against Showtime over the name of the series “Californication”, which was also the name of the band’s 1999 album and hit single. The term first appeared in print in Time magazine in 1972, in an article called “The Great Wild Californicated West”. The lawsuit was settled out of court.
- Fresno is the raisin capital of the world.
- The California Raisins were created for a 1986 commercial for the California Raisin Advisory Board by the advertising agency Foote, Cone & Belding. The California Raisins released four studio albums between 1987 and 1988. Their biggest hit was “I Heard It Through the Grapevine,” which made it into Billboard’s “Hot 100” list. A video game for the Nintendo game console was created but never released, due to the “dwindling commercial success of the California Raisins”.
- The only club dedicated to Daewoo cars (the South Korean company whose vehicles were sold in North America from 1997 to 2002) in the United States is in Riverside, California. It has 15 members. The club’s only restriction: anyone who applies must be the owner or lessee of a Daewoo vehicle.
- California has 17 LARP clubs, including Pawns Gambit, E’EDION, Dreams of Deirdre, and Badlands of Torkerst.
- The oldest living cat in the world, Tiffany, is 28 years old and lives in San Diego.
- At its peak, 90% of legally distributed pornographic films made in the United States were either filmed in or produced in California’s San Fernando Valley. That number has dropped recently due to the popularity and accessibility of Internet pornography.
- California is ranked #1 in the United States in the following: gonorrhea, roller coasters, Sam’s Clubs, shopping malls, railroad accident fatalities.
- California is ranked last in the United States in the following: advanced 8th grade students, refugees from the United Kingdom, winners of the McDonald’s Classic Basketball Tournament.