This bike race is held in California each year. It is an eight day event. Some of the best pros in the world compete. I always attend at least a day or two. For the first time ever, the race started in the southern part of the state (Escondido) and rode north to finish in Santa Rosa. At the last minute my friend Jim F managed to get me a photographer's media credential. This allowed me on to the course before the race as well as into the post race press tent. Very cool. Thanks Jim! I attended the first two stages covering Escondido (day 1) and Murietta, Hemet, and Palm Springs (all on day 2) when the weather hit 111. My last day was stage 5 in Santa Barbara where I took a position at the top of the only KOM of the day.