Mar 20, 2015
Category: L'Etape du California  Stage 6 

One of the unique elements of cycling as a sport is being able to measure your time on climbs against the world’s best pros. On May 16, you have the chance to do just that at L’Etape California by climbing the menacing Mt. Baldy ahead of the Stage 6 mountaintop finish at the 10th anniversary Amgen Tour of California. Cyclists will “enjoy” (as much as one can enjoy suffering up a massive climb) a true pro experience while riding with cycling legend Jens Voigt when participating in the ride fully supported by SRAM. Whether opting to pedal the short or long route, you have the exclusive opportunity to ride over the official finish line that the peloton will cross during the Queen Stage of America’s Greatest Race. You will also score a cool “Shut Up Baldy” t-shirt, gain entry into the post-ride barbecue and reserved viewing area, and have the moment captured for posterity with a photo snapped by a professional photographer in addition to receiving other event perks.

Mar 9, 2015
Category: Sweepstakes Series 

“I love watching what he can do on a bike. He is an amazing racer and talented in doing tricks on the bike,” said Amgen Tour of California 10th Anniversary Sweepstakes Series #5 winner Gordon Miller about Peter Sagan. Miller plans to frame and hang the 2014 Visit California Sprint Jersey autographed by the rider who holds the record for most stage wins at the Amgen Tour of California because “I think he is an up and coming star in the cycling world.” Well, Gordon, the Slovak is already a superstar making his prized jersey worthy of wall space in your home.

Mar 4, 2015
Category: General 

Let’s be honest: most of us can only ever dream about what it’s like to race in the Amgen Tour of California, but for the fifth time, Carmichael Training Systems (CTS) is giving you the chance to ride every stage of America’s Greatest Race. Not only will you pedal every mile of all eight stages of the 10th anniversary race taking place May 10-17, 2015, but for one week you will live and be treated like a pro cyclist.

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.

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