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 16, 2014
Category: General  Host Cities  Stage 5 

I’m so in love with California and the romance grows sweeter each day. I wake up not knowing what unexpected adventure will take place in my itinerant travels with the 2014 Amgen Tour of California.

May 15, 2014
Category: Host Cities  Stage 5 

Stage 5 winner Taylor Phinney is no stranger to Santa Barbara.

“I’ve spent a couple weeks each winter in the Solvang-Los Olivos area, but it’s pretty boring up there so I come down to Santa Barbara a lot more if I feel like I need to have a social life. But it is good to be secluded up in the Santa Ynez Valley.”

May 14, 2014
Category: General  Host Cities  Stage 4 

I’ve always wanted to drive down the California coast, but never could I have imagined doing it as part of the Amgen Tour of California race caravan. Each day of America’s Greatest Race brings new, unexpected adventures and today I found myself driving Stage 4 from Monterey to Cambria as the Lantern Rouge of the caravan tucked behind the Trek Factory Racing and Team Sky RVs.

Apr 10, 2014
Category: Gala  Host Cities 

When the ninth edition of the Amgen Tour of California rolls off the start line May 11 with a stage that begins and finishes in Sacramento, it will be my third visit to the state capital as well as my third time trekking throughout the Golden State covering America’s Greatest Race. But I have never before been invited to put on a suit and tie to attend the opening ceremonies and gala dinner that includes a formal team presentation. And you are invited, too.