Jun 2, 2015
Category: Host Cities  Women's Races  Sweepstakes Series 

Last month’s inaugural Amgen Tour of California Women’s Stage Race was a thrilling showcase for an international field comprised of world and national champions and Olympians. With the yellow jersey changing hands after all three days and the overall winner determined during the final stage through the aid of time bonuses, it was an edge-of-your-seat showdown set in South Lake Tahoe (first two stages) and Sacramento (Stage 3). Amongst the enthusiastic crowds lining the challenging courses was Melanie McMullen, contest winner of a VIP trip to attend the women’s race. Having attended the men’s race virtually every year, McMullen, a 54-year-old tech media communications business owner pictured left with spouse Hanna Hurley in the photo, was eager to support the women’s pro peloton and enjoyed the VIP experience.

May 29, 2015
Category: Stage 3  Stage 5  Stage 6  Stage 7  Stage 8 

It was a flat out drag race to the finish line atop Metcalf Road in San Jose during Stage 3 of the tenth Amgen Tour of California and it was neck and neck. Fan favorite Peter Sagan (Tinkoff-Saxo) and upstart Julian Alaphilippe (Ettix-Quick-Step) clashed for the runner-up spot after Hincapie Racing’s Toms Skujins rode off with the day’s top prize. Trading a series of jabs and body blows, Sagan, who has the record for stage wins at America’s Greatest Race, barely edged out the 22-year-old Frenchman riding for the first time in California. That mad dash to the finish presaged the ultimate result in the GC battle that would unfold in the shadow of the iconic Rose Bowl in Pasadena on Stage 8. One could argue that Sagan won the Amgen Tour that sunny Tuesday afternoon. Standing 50 meters past the line, I watched Alaphilippe take his left hand off his bars to pat the speedy Slovak on the back in an offer of congratulations. It was a classy sporting gesture of respect from the second-year pro who in his breakout season was the breakthrough rider of this year’s Amgen Tour of California.

May 26, 2015
Category: Nutrition 

Man cannot race on bread alone. The organizers of the Amgen Tour of California along with Skratch Labs chef Biju Thomas make sure of it. Each day during the eight-day race, complete breakfasts and dinners are freshly prepared to feed 400 people, including the entire peloton, team directors, coaches, mechanics and soigneurs, and key race support staff.

May 19, 2015
Category: Host Cities  Stage 5  Stage 6  Stage 7  Stage 8 

What an extraordinary week it was, the tenth edition of the Amgen Tour of California. Like the inaugural Amgen Tour of California Women’s Race empowered by SRAM won by pint-sized Trixi Worrack (Velocio-SRAM), the yellow jersey changed hands on the final day with the aid of time bonuses in a thrilling, edge-of-your-seat sprint showdown that crowned Peter Sagan (Tinkoff-Saxo) the new King of California by a scant three-second margin over 22-year-old French phenom Julian Alaphilippe (Ettix-Quick-Step).

May 16, 2015
Category: Stage 6 

I’m scared of rollercoasters. My pulse quickened just driving into Six Flags Magic Mountain in the face of what looked like an endless array of frightening roller coasters that turn, twist, drop from dizzying heights and go upside down at dazzling speeds. This was the colorful backdrop for the Amgen Tour of California Stage 6 men’s and women’s 6.7-mile individual time trial at sea level in Santa Clarita after wintry weather conditions forced the move from the original location at Big Bear Lake, which was a planned 15 miles at altitude. My own thrill ride was to take place in a Drapac team car and I was nervous.

May 15, 2015
Category: Host Cities  Stage 6 

Planning for each Amgen Tour of California stage starts almost a full year in advance, sometimes even longer. It’s mindboggling when you consider the avalanche of logistics and bureaucratic red tape involved with permitting, city planning requirements, local organizing committee considerations, sponsorship arrangements, police and security; staffing and housing issues; UCI approval to protect the athletes and so much more that is involved with ensuring a safe event for the riders, staff and spectators alike. Everything is planned, itemized and scheduled down to the minutest detail. However, the one variable that cannot be planned or controlled is the weather. What’s a race organizer to do when Mother Nature forces them to slam on the brakes and pedal fast in an entirely different direction? Act decisively in order to preserve the safety and security of everyone involved and that is exactly what the Amgen Tour of California organizers – AEG Sports and Medalist Sports - did this week when faced with that exact scenario, which ultimately resulted in the relocation of Friday’s Stage 6 men’s and women’s individual time trial from Big Bear Lake to Santa Clarita at Six Flags Magic Mountain.

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