May 11, 2015
Category: Host Cities  Stage 1 

It was quite an opening – and closing – day Sunday in Sacramento on a magnificent Mother’s Day at the Amgen Tour of California. The men’s ten anniversary race got started under cloudless blue skies and abundant sunshine as the first women’s stage race empowered with SRAM came to a thrilling conclusion. The crowd Sunday was thick and arrived early to enjoy a full day of bike racing. What a treat they received from the star-studded pelotons.

May 10, 2015
Category: General  Stage 1 

It’s finally quiet at the official race hotel in Sacramento after a non-stop hive of activity in advance of Sunday’s start to the tenth anniversary Amgen Tour of California. Riders went out for an couple hours on the bike Saturday to open up their legs while mechanics, soigneurs and directors spent the day prepping bikes, bodies, beverages and battle plans. Race directors, officials, staffers, marshals, sponsors and the media had meetings scheduled from morning into the night. There are more than one thousand people in the caravan of this traveling juggernaut known as America’s Greatest Race that will visit thirteen host cities linked by 724 racing miles over the next eight days.

Nov 11, 2014
Category: Host Cities  Stage 1 

I fell in love last May. I had visited her a couple times before, but this time was different. I don’t know exactly what it was, but this trip I was completed enamored by her beauty, charmed by her radiance, and allured by her history and grace. My heart was enraptured yet this was the first stop on an eight-day adventure. How could I fall so fast? My travels continued yet she stayed ever present on my mind. Her name? Sacramento.

Sep 16, 2014
Category: Races  Stage 1  Stage 2  Stage 8 

It was podium time last Sunday for four Amgen Tour of California standouts. Sir Bradley Wiggins (Team Sky), Mark Cavendish (Omega Pharma Quick-Step), John Degenkolb (Giant-Shimano) and Rohan Dennis (BMC Racing) made their presences felt on the final day of stage races in Britain and Spain.

Aug 29, 2014
Category: Races  Stage 1  Stage 8 

This year’s Amgen Tour of California was bookended by electrifying 1-2 finishes by fastmen Mark Cavendish (Omega Pharma Quick-Step) and John Degenkolb (Giant-Shimano). On Tuesday in two different stage races taking place in two different countries, both sprinters posted up to celebrate victory and amazingly they managed to repeat the feat Wednesday. What are the odds of that?!?!?

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.

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