Aug 1, 2014
Category: Stage 2  Stage 3  Transfer News 

When I took this photo of Rohan Dennis and Taylor Phinney hanging out in the green room before the Amgen Tour of California Stage 2 podium ceremony last May, I don’t think either athlete could have imagined that they would become teammates on BMC Racing this season, but that’s what happened today (August 1) after a rare mid-season transfer arrangement. Dennis, a 24-year-old Australian in his second pro season, makes the swamp from one American WorldTour team, Garmin-Sharp, to another enabling the 24-year-old Australian to join BMC Racing beginning Monday (August 4).

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 23, 2014
Category: Races  Stage 2  Stage 5 

It’s never been done before, but that doesn’t stop Taylor Phinney (BMC Racing) from openly stating his intentions to become the first American male to win the U.S. National Championship Time Trial and Road Race in the same year. Two years ago, the two-time Olympian placed 4th in both the London Olympics Time Trial and Road Race, and we saw last week at the Amgen Tour of California that the 2010 American Time Trial champ is on fantastic form heading into this weekend’s 2014 Volkswagen USA Cycling Professional  Road and Time Trial Championships in Chattanooga, Tennessee. Today we preview Saturday’s time trial.

May 12, 2014
Category: Stage 2 

Prior to competing in today’s Stage 2 time trail in Folsom during the Amgen Tour of California, every rider’s bike was carefully checked to make sure that it was legal according to UCI rules. When each rider arrived at the start house a few minutes ahead of their start time, they were greeted by UCI officials. The first official put the bike in the measuring jig pictured above to make sure the geometry and the measurement of the saddle and bars adhered to the rules. Then the bike was passed to a second official who weighed it to make sure that the bike was at least 6.8 kilos (about 15 pounds). Since time trial bikes and disc wheels tend to be heavier than standard road bikes, every bike easily met the minimum weight requirements.   

May 12, 2014
Category: Training  Stage 2 

There is nowhere to hide when riding a time trial. It is a supreme all-out effort thus the rider must start “hot.” One cannot overstate the importance of the pre-time trial warm-up to get the legs and lungs open. Prior to today’s crucial 12.5-mile Stage 2 time trial in Folsom, I visited the Team Sky base camp. Posted on the team bus where the riders warmed up on trainers, I spotted this set of instructions used by Sir Bradley Wiggins ahead of his stage winning ride.

May 11, 2014
Category: General  Stage 2 

Although Mark Cavendish (Omega Pharma-Quick Step) is in yellow tonight, all eyes will be on Sir Bradley Wiggins (Team Sky) tomorrow. The gold medal winner at the 2012 Olympic time trial will be on his turf at the crucial Stage 2 time trial in Folsom. The 2012 Tour de France champ let it known to all at Friday’s press conference that he’s here to win the Amgen Tour of California and he’s nursing some serious form to back it up.