June 24th was the 26th CicLAvia and people came out in droves to celebrate the city of Los Angeles on bicycle. For those unfamiliar with CicLAvia, cyclists gather in a specific starting location and bike through various neighbor hoods of the greater Los Angeles area. The most recent occurrence started in Panorama city and ended in Pacoima. Riders of all ages enjoyed the scenery from a different vantage offered by car travel. "There's so much stuff that you miss when you're actually driving," said Venice resident Javier Covarrubias.
If you were looking to take a firsthand glimpse into the sport of competitive cycling for the first time, or an avid enthusiast of the global sport, you sure better have seen the final stage in the Amgen Tour of California. Depending on where you live in the Golden State, you may have had a portion of the Men's tour or Women's tour near your hometown. The Men's tour began in Sacramento, traveled through Pismo Beach, wound its way up to Big Bear and reached the finishing line in Southern California's Pasadena. The Women's Tour launched from South Lake Tahoe, set course for Elk Grove then finished in Sacramento.