The 2014 winner of the Amgen Tour of California will return at the helm of his own squad, Team Wiggins, not only to celebrate his Tour de France winning career soon to come to an end but also to prepare for the team pursuit at the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
Four former Amgen Tour of California winners have been in the news this week so let’s take a look at what’s going on with Michael Rogers, Chris Horner, Sir Bradley Wiggins and Trixi Worrack.
This week, we finally got a look at the challenging route for the 2016 Amgen Tour of California, which was revealed at a media event presented by Visit California. From top to bottom – actually that should be from bottom to top since for only the second time ever, the race will travel south to north – the courses for the May 15-22 event will showcase California’s breathtaking beauty while taking the breath of the world’s most accomplished cyclists in a stage race that could be described as long and tall. The route for the eleventh edition of America’s Greatest Race is one of the longest in race history at nearly 800 miles and one of the tallest with almost 65,000 feet of climbing.
28 year old Australian time trialist Cameron Meyer has already candidate himself as a podium contender as part of the newly promoted World Tour team Dimension Data for the 2016 Amgen Tour of California to be held from May 15 to 22.
It wasn’t even close. The yearend numbers are in and Californians rode more than any other state in the U.S. in 2015 by a huge margin, according to tallies released by GPS athletic tracking app Strava. Additionally, nine of the top 10 cycling segments in 2015 were in California. The numbers released by Strava affirms what we already knew and confirms why America’s Greatest Race takes place in the Golden State: California’s inviting weather and diverse terrain makes it the best state in America to ride.
Cycling and technology have always powered imaginations and last week’s imaginative holiday video from Team Sky caused a buzz of electricity on social media. The “Oh Watt A Wonderful Christmas” (http://po.st/TeamSkyXmas2015) shoot took months of planning and required a whole lot of clever creativity and ingenuity along with over 1500 watts pedaled simultaneously by former British National Road Race champion Ian Stannard and two-time Amgen Tour of California stage winner Ben Swift to light 5,000 fairy lights wrapped around “painstakingly-positioned bike parts.”