Re "Thrilling beginning" (Page A1, May 12):A thrilling beginning indeed, but are we really being great hosts?
My bike group, Sacramento Bike Hikers, rode to the Coffee Republic on Auburn-Folsom Road to watch the exciting time trials, but the parking lot posted this message: "Any cars parked in this lot to watch the Amgen Tour will be towed away."
This event attracts some of the best professionals in the sport and showcases the best of Folsom, Sacramento, and parts beyond. It showcases the state to many parts of the world. I found the signs in this parking lot very offensive and unfriendly. We want to encourage people to come out and cheer on these great athletes, not discourage them.
A sad commentary indeed. The locals worried about losing a little business? This happens once a year, or less.
-- Irene Stadt, Carmichael