Jake’s Journal: Tracking ToC on Twitter
My first 48 hours in California have been brisk, both in pace and temperature. Day 1 started with the Tour of California press conference, which saw Team Garmin's Christian Vande Velde on an all-star panel representing "the strongest lineup to ever compete on U.S. soil." I knew these guys were fast, but I could hardly keep up as I shared updates on Twitter. Among the best quotes, the cyclists talking about following their press ("Christian, I know you Google yourself."), Sacramento mayor Kevin Johnson vowing to ride this weekend ("But I'm not wearing those tight shorts.") and defending two-time ToC champ Levi Leipheimer picking his favorites: "This guy to my left." Christian, sitting next to Levi, raised his hand to clarify for the crowd of reporters and photographers.
Day 2 started bright and early, as I picked up NorCal resident Steve Cozza for a live interview on Sacramento's NBC morning news. At the same time, the local FOX crew was interviewing other Team Garmin cyclists and staff, so there was no time for sleeping in. In the green room, Steve and I watched footage of Team Garmin's previous day's training ride, which also landed the argyle armada on the front page of the Sacramento Bee. When Steve had his three minutes in the spotlight, he did a great job discussing the race and giving viewers a break from the coverage of the surprising snowfall in the area. My day wrapped up with meetings in rainy San Francisco.
The prologue begins just minutes from now, and the 2.4-mile time trial is expected to bring 100,000 fans to the streets of Sacramento. I'll be among them, sharing Twitter updates while monitoring results and reading everyone else's Tour Tweets. To track the Tour from your phone or PC, click "Follow" on the Twitter page for Jake's Journal and Team Garmin-Slipstream. You can search for other Tweets using #ATOC. And be sure to visit our Flickr page and the Team Garmin blog as the week goes on to see the action for yourself.
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