This week’s action: Tour of California returns (opinion) |

This week’s action: Tour of California returns (opinion)

The Tour of California returns to Lake Tahoe this Thursday, May 19.
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I can’t say I’m a die-hard cycling fan. I typically stick to the big three (baseball, basketball and football) when it comes to my sports devotion — with exceptions for snowsports and the latest run of San Jose Sharks hockey. While cycling doesn’t rise to the top of the list of my personal favorites, I’ll still get out there this week and try and catch some of the Tour of California when it rolls around Lake Tahoe. I caught some of the women’s race last year and was impressed with the “no-way-I’m-doing-that” level of riding and the number of fired-up spectators. The up-close, if fleeting, nature of watching pro cycling live is something unique in sports, and worth the time if you’ve got a second to watch. Here are some picks for this week at Tahoe, cycling included:

Los Lobos

While it’s probably best known for its 1987 cover of Ritchie Valens’ “La Bamba,” Los Lobos has had an incredible career in music, winning multiple Grammys and releasing more than 20 albums since 1973. The group has been nominated for induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, but has yet to get the call. I imagine that day is coming. The group returns to Harrah’s Lake Tahoe South Shore Room Saturday night.

Hit the trails

Tahoe’s trails are drying out from recent rain, although there’s still plenty of snow up high. Get ready for summer by going on a hike or getting the bike tuned up for a summer of rock gardens. Be prepared before heading out, and stay safe out there. The weather should be just about perfect for it.

Tour of California

The Tour of California is back at the South Shore and will offer plenty of excitement Thursday, May 19. Last year’s women’s race drew enthusiastic crowds to the course, and this year the men’s race is joining the party. Female competitors will circle the lake, while the men will come up from Lodi, California. Heavenly Mountain Resort’s California Lodge will be the hub of it all, featuring the finish line and a lifestyle festival that goes all day.

Adam Jensen is the editor of Lake Tahoe Action. He can be reached at

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