May 30, 2014
Category: General  Stage 5 

It’s been difficult to get information about Taylor Phinney since he crashed on Monday (May 26) during the 2014 Volkswagen USA Cycling Professional National Championship Road Race in Chattanooga, Tennessee. His team, BMC Racing, is keeping silent, not issuing a single press release to update the media on the rider’s condition, treatment, prognosis and recovery since announcing the crash, which occurred two days after Phinney won his second national time trial championship.

May 28, 2014
Category: General  Host Cities  Women's Races  Ride 2 Recovery  Stage 1  Stage 2 

California has always been the place where big dreams come true. The Amgen Tour of California and Visit California teamed up to make Glendale, Arizona’s Andrea Barron’s dreams come true when she won the Dream Big Sweepstakes sending her and a guest to watch the first two stages of the 2014 Amgen Tour of California. Barron received VIP access and treatment all weekend in Sacramento, including roundtrip airfare and hotel accommodations along with an official Amgen Tour of California merchandise package and an autographed leader’s jersey. The vivacious Barron introduced herself to me while hob knobbing with race execs, sponsors and VIPs at a private ZD Wines event in Old Town Sacramento the day before the race started. Overflowing with infectious joy, Barron’s warm and generous spirit is evident in her winning smile. We’ve kept in touch and recently I chatted with the Senior Technical Project Manager at AT&T about her experiences visiting the Amgen Tour of California.

May 21, 2014
Category: General 

Three days after the conclusion of the 2014 Amgen Tour of California, my body has stopped hurting yet I’m exhausted from my ten days traveling with race. Hours after the Stage 2 time trial, a friend sent me a text after he saw the up close and personal photos I’d been posting of the riders asking if all I’m doing is schmoozing with the athletes. Far from it. Let me tell you what it was really like living, eating, traveling and working with the pro peloton.

May 20, 2014
Category: General 

Let the silly season begin. As several of the riders commented at post-race press conferences during last week’s Amgen Tour of California, Peter Sagan in unique and two days after the Slovak superstar won his fifth consecutive sprint points title in the race through the Golden State, rumors are already swirling about which team he will ride for next year.

May 19, 2014
Category: General  Stage 8 

It was the final day of the 2014 Amgen Tour of California and I wanted to pull off something big for The Insider. Thanks to Melinda and Fitzalan, the PR pros handling Team Novo Nordisk, the world’s first professional cycling team on which every athlete has Type 1 diabetes, I went on the ride of my life on Sunday in Thousand Oaks on the Stage 8 circuit.

May 18, 2014
Category: General  Stage 8 

For the fifth time, Peter Sagan (Cannondale) departs the Amgen Tour of California as the Visit California Sprint Points winner. The speedy Slovak felt tremendous relief after winning Stage 7, his 11th California career stage win extending his reign as the winningest rider in Amgen Tour of California history. Entering Sunday’s final stage with Green Monster confidence, he knew the hilly circuit starting and finishing in Thousand Oaks would be difficult for the pure sprinters and thought it would be his day again.  

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