Feb 23, 2015
Category: Sweepstakes Series 

“I have to admit that they spoiled me rotten!” confessed last year’s winner of a VIP trip to the Amgen Tour of California stage of her choice Andrea Barron. Jonathan Meyer is next in line to be spoiled after he won the Amgen Tour of California 10th Anniversary Sweepstakes Series #3.

Feb 10, 2015
Category: Stage 2 

When the UCI changed the rules last year about the equipment riders can use on the velodrome in an attempt to ride the magic hour, it opened the flood gates on attempts and put the sexy back in the pursuit of the world hour record. The ever popular Jens Voigt got the party started last September a few weeks after his final road race when he set the new benchmark bettering Ondřej Sosenka’s 2005 mark of 49.7 km riding 51.115 km. Last October, Matthias Brändle upped the ante by covering 51.852 km. 2014 Amgen Tour of California runner-up Rohan Dennis eclipsed that distance by 639 meters last Sunday (Feb. 8) at the Velodrome Suisse when the Australian became the first to ride over 52 kilometers setting the new world hour record at 52.491 km.

Feb 3, 2015
Category: General  Rider Interviews 

Landing on the final podium at last year’s Amgen Tour of California was a major breakthrough for Lawson Craddock, a sign of what’s to come from the talented Texan. The third place finisher was the top American and winner of the Best Young Rider competition. Brimful of promise, the 22-year-old Team Giant-Alpecin rider launched his 2015 campaign last month at the Santos Tour Down Under, the WorldTour season opener. Unfortunately, Craddock crashed out in stage 4 breaking his wrist, sternum and a rib. Presently, he’s back home in Austin, Texas convalescing.

Jan 5, 2015
Category: Training 

In previous off-season training columns posted by The Amgen TOC Insider, I mentioned the training camps that teams conduct to help get the riders ready for the coming racing season. The first of two camps– held usually in late November or the first half of December – unites the athletes for training rides, baseline fitness tests, off the bike strength and stability workouts, team-building exercises and promotions & publicity duties (photo sessions). Take a look inside the Ettix-Quick-Step camp held December 8-18, 2014 in Valencia, Spain. 

Jan 2, 2015
Category: Videos 

Here's a fun New Year's  greeting from 2012 Amgen Tour of California winner Robert Gesink, 2014 ATOC top 10 finisher Laurens ten Dam and a few of their Team LottoNL-Jumbo teammates. http://bit.ly/1wIFfp9

Dec 16, 2014
Category: Sweepstakes Series 

“I never win anything!”

That’s where you’re wrong, Joe Videtti, because you won the first of ten Sweepstakes Series drawings held to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the Amgen Tour of California. Videtti’s prize? A sleek SRAM groupset. The 30-year-old Chicago, Illinois resident selected the SRAM Force CX1 grouppo for his cyclocross bike.

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