Nov 22, 2014
Category: Training 

In my recent training column (http://amgentourofcalifornia.com/insider/114/Take-a-break), we looked at the break the riders take at the end of the racing season. After some well-deserved time off the bike, what kind of training do they do in the fall and winter if they want to peak for the Amgen Tour of California in May? The athletes work closely with their coach and/or team director to create a training program based upon their goals for the season ahead. One of the best known cycling coaches in the world is Chris Carmichael, a former U.S. Olympian, pro rider and U.S. Olympic Committee’s Coach of the Year who has coached some of the most accomplished pro cyclists. The founder and CEO of coaching empire Carmichael Training Systems (http://trainright.com/), who is also a best-selling author and motivational speaker, was kind to make time to discuss the off-season and how riders begin preparing for the upcoming racing season. Carmichael answered questions about building strength, cross-training, the purpose of off-season training camps and how the athletes approach the holidays.

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.

Nov 1, 2014
Category: Training 

The long racing season that began back in January has finally concluded. The athletes have ridden thousands upon thousands of miles and traveled even further globetrotting to race their bike. It’s a long grind that takes its toll physically and mentally leaving riders exhausted and depleted. The world’s greatest races like America’s Greatest Race, the Amgen Tour of California, have begun revealing 2015 host cities and routes. If a rider wants to do well in those races, the best thing they can do at the end of the season is hit the couch.

Oct 21, 2014
Category: Host Cities  Women's Races 

Now we know where we’re going on the tenth Amgen Tour of California. Hopefully you caught the Monday morning press conference held in Sacramento where America’s Greatest Race will start May 10, 2015 on a roughly 8-day, 700-mile journey from the State Capitol Building in Northern California to Southern California where the race will conclude in Pasadena on May 17. Amgen Tour of California and AEG honcho Kristin Bachochin announced the thirteen host cities for the men’s race along with the news that the world’s fastest women will compete for four days at a stage race and time trial powered by SRAM.

Oct 13, 2014
Category: Sweepstakes Series 

Like Santa’s workshop, the Amgen Tour of California headquarters is a busy hive of activity in preparation for the tenth anniversary edition of America’s Greatest Race. While not exactly as old as many of Europe’s greatest races, ten years is certainly a monumental achievement, one that merits celebration on a grand scale. To that end, the Amgen Tour of California 10th Anniversary Sweepstakes Series is off and running offering you the opportunity to win exciting one-of-a-kind prizes, valuable product from sponsors and race collectibles.

Oct 6, 2014
Category: Races  The Classics 

When it comes to luck, it’s been an up and down season for Dan Martin (Garmin-Sharp), but last Sunday (Oct. 5) the Irishman found his pot of gold at the Giro di Lombardia using a perfectly-timed attack in the final kilometer to win his second cycling monument. Second place finisher Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) was the day’s other big winner as the Spaniard took the lead in the WorldTour rankings with one final event, the Tour of Beijing, left on the 2014 racing calendar.

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