Jul 11, 2014
Category: General  Tour de France 

Irvine, California resident Roger Realsen didn’t believe it was…well…real when he received an email and Facebook messages notifying him that he won the 2014 Amgen Tour of California Trek Sweepstakes.

May 31, 2014
Category: General 

During the recent Amgen Tour of California, Champion System not only provided the race leaders’ jerseys and skinsuits, but they outfitted the entire race staff in Champion System sportswear each day so I got hooked up nicely. But in my 30 years (gulp) as a cyclist, I had never ridden in one of their kits. Champion System’s marketing mavens Kelly and Katy generously sent me home with the great-looking specially-designed “California Bear” kit that was a hot-seller at the Lifestyle Festival. I took it out for a couple rides and it’s...well...a champion.

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.

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