It was a hot one last month during the Amgen Tour of California and everywhere you looked you saw the ubiquitous Skratch Labs neutral support vehicles mobilized to keep the peloton and race staff hydrated. I had never tried their drink mix and was grateful to receive half a dozen samples of the Exercise Hydration Mix to take home, which I put to the test out on the open road.
28-year-old Jesse Anthony of Optum Pro Cycling presented by Kelly Benefit Strategies is riding into his prime as a professional cyclist. The spiritually-inclined former cyclo-cross champion has a refreshingly healthy and balanced outlook along with an affable, down-to-earth nature, but don’t let that fool you. He’s a fierce and potent all-rounder who has won big stage races in the past (Nature Valley Grand Prix). Training for his fourth Amgen Tour of California start where he will be one of Optum’s leaders, the Newton, Mass. native now calls Thousand Oaks, Calif. home. He rides the challenging Stage 8 circuit several times each week thus he is the perfect person to provide insight into this year’s final stage.