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Brandon-

climber
The Granite State.
Topic Author's Original Post - May 3, 2013 - 02:14pm PT
It's coming up. Soon.

Anyone going to get out and watch? I love this event (and the one in Co) and enjoy keeping tabs on it.

Anyone know if there is a live stream of the stages?
10b4me

Ice climber
Happy Boulders
May 3, 2013 - 02:16pm PT
I think universal sports does a live stream, not sure though
pc

climber
May 3, 2013 - 02:20pm PT
Nope.

I'm done with road cycling...The sport f*#k'd themselves and their fans.

The cycle track season is about to start up here in Seattle...I'm all about the track now. I never could keep up on the hills anyway, too big. But give me a skinny hill guy to sprint against and yeah baby! ;)

Cheers,
pc
bhilden

Trad climber
Mountain View, CA
May 3, 2013 - 02:29pm PT
I wrote most of the official spectator program for the race. There should be what's called the 'Tour Tracker' which is the video feed with a bit of commentary. Not sure what the URL will be but, you can get it from the official Amgen Tour of California website. About the last two hours of the race will be shown on the NBC Sports Network each day.

I am currently in Azerbaijan covering the Tour of Azerbaijan. Here is a pointer to my latest report:

http://www.pezcyclingnews.com/page/latest-news/?id=95441
Brandon-

climber
The Granite State.
Topic Author's Reply - May 3, 2013 - 02:35pm PT
Thanks. I found the tour tracker app for my iPad. Hopefully there's running commentary.

I watched the tour of CO last summer on their app, the coverage and commentary was great.

Hopefully this will be the same.

Love me some cycling, though I don't participate. I grew up in a roadie family, summer vacations were watching the TDF en France.
Fat Dad

Trad climber
Los Angeles, CA
May 3, 2013 - 02:38pm PT
I'm done with road cycling...The sport f*#k'd themselves and their fans.
Did you stop celebrating Xmas when you found out there was no Santa? Most sports are and have been doped up for a long time. Why the naive belief that only cycling was pure?
Brandon-

climber
The Granite State.
Topic Author's Reply - May 3, 2013 - 02:43pm PT
Didn't Eddie Merckz do speed?

Didn't the early tour participants share bota bags of wine?

The sport is effed with drugs, and has been for a loooong time.

I still enjoy it though.
ontheedgeandscaredtodeath

Social climber
SLO, Ca
May 3, 2013 - 02:45pm PT
The Santa Barbara to Avila Beach leg is local for me so I'll check it out on that day. It will actually go right by my kids' school.
Lynne Leichtfuss

Sport climber
moving thru
May 3, 2013 - 11:17pm PT
I'm jazzed! The Amjen (first leg I think) starts and ends right where I work at Nomad Ventures, Escondido, CA.

I work that day, Mother's Day 5/12 (there is no justice in this world). If you are out there come and say howdy at the store. Exciting! lynnie
Srbphoto

climber
Kennewick wa
May 3, 2013 - 11:19pm PT
Yup those track guys are clean.
Modesto Mutant

Trad climber
Santa Cruz, CA
May 4, 2013 - 12:04am PT
I always watch it when it comes through Santa Cruz but alas there's no stage here this year. I do love it though, the teams, the courses, the cool bikes. And I have a couple of former students who ride in the tour so that's cool.
BLUEBLOCR

Social climber
joshua tree
May 4, 2013 - 01:06am PT

To be a winner a real winner you really have to want to beat the other guy really really bad!

This. Is the Devil Talk'in.

ANY competition between you and anyone else IS the Devil.

I'm NO better than you, and your no better than me.

I'm only better today then I was yesterday. Or maybe not?
TheTye

Trad climber
Sacramento CA
May 4, 2013 - 02:12am PT
I will be out on my bike riding on at least one stage. Pretty excited.


Oh, and anybody who thinks there is more issues with PEDs in cycling than there is with football, baseball or olympic sports is kidding themselves... cycling just has more international scrutiny and people willing to charge major athletes. Most testing programs are designed to enable athletes to cheat the system. Don't watch sports or get over it and try to enjoy yourself.
Brandon-

climber
The Granite State.
Topic Author's Reply - May 10, 2013 - 11:25pm PT
Woot! Time to watch cycling at its best!

Lynne Leichtfuss

Sport climber
moving thru
May 10, 2013 - 11:54pm PT
Saw some of the real deal people and their teams today. Fun! Join us in Esco. Cheers, lynnie
StahlBro

Trad climber
San Diego, CA
May 10, 2013 - 11:56pm PT
First Stage here in Esco!

Will be out on the course fur sure!
can't say

Social climber
Pasadena CA
May 12, 2013 - 10:07am PT
Given that the temps for the next couple of days are going to be hot, it will be interesting to watch how it affects the race tactics.

Tomorrow's stage into Palm Springs with have more then a few faces looking like overly ripe cabernet grapes, sweatin in the sun.
TGT

Social climber
So Cal
May 12, 2013 - 10:23am PT
The shape that roads in there will be a few loose teeth by the end of that stage as well.
crøtch

climber
May 12, 2013 - 06:58pm PT
good finish
Chaz

Trad climber
greater Boss Angeles area
May 12, 2013 - 07:03pm PT
Phil thought they were in the desert today ( Escondido ). He won't know what to think tomorrow, when they get to the real desert.
Lynne Leichtfuss

Sport climber
moving thru
May 12, 2013 - 07:32pm PT
First time I've ever been live at the end of a tour race. Awesome! I was on the final sharp turn to the finish line. Two riders were just ahead of the pack. The energy they exude is Awesome. Got a couple great pics.

Working Mother's Day turned out to be a blessing. The guys let me go watch the end of the race which was @ 3 blocks from the shoppe.

Cheers all! lynnie
Chaz

Trad climber
greater Boss Angeles area
May 12, 2013 - 07:40pm PT
And you got paid!

I've seen well over a hundred pro bike races ( there's a stage race here in Redlands here every year, the #2 guy today, Francisco Mancebo, won overall here last month ), and it never gets old!
Brandon-

climber
The Granite State.
Topic Author's Reply - May 12, 2013 - 07:50pm PT
Tomorrow sounds like a hot one, literally and figuratively.
StahlBro

Trad climber
San Diego, CA
May 12, 2013 - 08:28pm PT
Heading to Ramona

Credit: StahlBro
dee ee

Mountain climber
citizen of planet Earth
May 12, 2013 - 08:40pm PT
Whee hoo, that was a great finish, yay Westra.

It looked like the heat was a big factor today. We'll see what happens tomorrow.
Lynne Leichtfuss

Sport climber
moving thru
May 12, 2013 - 10:09pm PT
Wondered if you were out there Dee ee.

Yo, They're almost here.....Note the two front runners.
Yo, They're almost here.....Note the two front runners.
Credit: LL LL


First two around the last curve and headed to the short finish line !!...
First two around the last curve and headed to the short finish line !!!
Credit: LL LL


Rest of the front pack.
Rest of the front pack.
Credit: LL LL


Hope you enjoy. Wish we could generate more crowd numbers. This thing rocks. But I did talk to several organizers after their meeting tonight and they said they were delighted with the support our little city of Escondido gave them.


Loving the pure energy cycling emits. Fun time.
Loving the pure energy cycling emits. Fun time.
Credit: LL LL














wilbeer

Mountain climber
honeoye falls,ny.greeneck alleghenys
May 12, 2013 - 10:25pm PT
Great first stage ,It is a good look at so cal .Great photos /\
Cracko

Trad climber
Quartz Hill, California
May 12, 2013 - 10:54pm PT
I'm taking the day off to watch them come through the lovely towns of Palmdale and Lancaster !!!
TGT

Social climber
So Cal
May 12, 2013 - 11:21pm PT
Interesting and bike related.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-2321942/The-British-engineer-really-HAS-reinvented-wheel-Loopwheels-abandons-spokes-springs.html?ico=sciencetech^headlines
Lynne Leichtfuss

Sport climber
moving thru
May 12, 2013 - 11:27pm PT
Thanks for the share TGT. Miss climbing with yo. Howdy to Phyllis. lynnie
TGT

Social climber
So Cal
May 12, 2013 - 11:32pm PT
When do you head north?
Lynne Leichtfuss

Sport climber
moving thru
May 13, 2013 - 12:27am PT
Northward about 5-7 days. Lots to do and watch up there. Cyclists doing Tioga and Sonora Passes along with skateboarders like Patrick that fly them also.
Fletcher

Trad climber
The great state of advaita
May 13, 2013 - 01:41am PT
Appreciating all the reports from the field folks!

As for the urge to compete to win at any cost, it goes all the way back to the beginning, when the 1904 winner, Garin, was disqualified for allegedly taking a train during one of the stages. Here is a funny article about all of it with some interesting context:

http://huckberry.com/blog/posts/the-tour-de-france-s-first-and-most-daring-cheat

Garin claimed to have won the first TdF (1903 and apparently legitimately) by "fueling himself on quarts of red wine, oysters, and a mixture of coffee & Champagne." Now that just happens to be my exact food regimen for all kinds of training. Somehow it's not working for me, but I don't care!

Eric
can't say

Social climber
Pasadena CA
May 13, 2013 - 09:59am PT
I wonder how many riders were hooked up to saline drips all night? All of em if they're smart.

I would venture to say today's stage will have a lot of negative racing by the bunch, once the days break gets away, they'll piano till they have to ride. But ohhh the drama that will unfold on the final climb up to the tramway.

It takes a yeoman's duty to even stand by the roadside cheering them on in temps like they'll see today.
Wade Icey

Trad climber
www.alohashirtrescue.com
May 13, 2013 - 11:51am PT
Is this one of those Biker Dope Runs I heard about on Sons of Anarchy?
can't say

Social climber
Pasadena CA
May 13, 2013 - 01:00pm PT
Well they are going into some serious meth territory.
Karen

Trad climber
So Cal urban sprawl Hell
May 13, 2013 - 01:25pm PT
Nothing is hotter than those shaved, muscular legs~ damn well will be watching this race as well as the Giro.
bhilden

Trad climber
Mountain View, CA
May 13, 2013 - 02:00pm PT
I wonder how many riders were hooked up to saline drips all night? All of em if they're smart.

IV's are no longer allowed under the current anti-doping rules.
Chaz

Trad climber
greater Boss Angeles area
May 13, 2013 - 02:05pm PT
bhilden,

You wouldn't have the scoop on which team got up to use the restroom the most times last night, would you? My money is on those guys. They're well hydrated.
can't say

Social climber
Pasadena CA
May 13, 2013 - 02:28pm PT
Thanks Bruce, I didn't know that. BTW I enjoy your writing.
Jon Beck

Trad climber
Oceanside
May 13, 2013 - 03:17pm PT
Was at Idyllwild this weekend and saw the closure signs for today, runs Hemet to Palm springs through Mountain Center, would be a hot one
shady

Trad climber
hasbeen
May 13, 2013 - 03:53pm PT
IV's are no longer allowed.....
In cycling as in life, good people often pay the price for a few peoples poor judgement.
The anti-doping orgs hope to use the bag plasticiser residue found in IV'd soloutions as a marker for doping.
If I were racing todays stage I'd opt for a camelbak, or four.
bhilden

Trad climber
Mountain View, CA
May 13, 2013 - 04:00pm PT
It was pretty crazy at the finish yesterday. I've know Carter Jones(in the breakaway all day and now KOM jersey) since he was a freshman at CU-Boulder. He told me he was just trying to stay out in front from one KOM sprint to the next and wasn't really looking for the stage win.

I was over at BMC when World Champion Phillipe Gilbert rolled in. He was cramping so badly he could hardly get off the bike. In fact, all the riders had major salt stains all over their jerseys.

I have been travelling(ie. not riding!) a lot to races, just back from the Tour of Azerbaijan and now Tour of California(only a 12-hour time difference). When I can figure out which end is up, hopefully I can upload a photo or two.

BTW, when I was writing the stage details for the AToC Spectator Guide I encouraged Tejay van Garderen to ride today's stage because of the brutal climb to the finish at the Palm Springs Tramway. He said he would but, he never got around to doing it. I hope that doesn't come back to haunt him. It's 4 miles at 10%, but it gets progressively steeper with the last 1/2-mile at 14% and a final steep pitch at 22%.
sullly

Trad climber
May 13, 2013 - 04:09pm PT
Any free streaming tips to watch stages (even if not live)?
shady

Trad climber
hasbeen
May 13, 2013 - 04:11pm PT
Not to turn up my nose at 10%, but to finish a stage like todays, with a 22%! Ugh! Call me a cab!
can't say

Social climber
Pasadena CA
May 14, 2013 - 09:38am PT
The finish to stage 2 should have been shortened IMO. But then again I do love a good cabernet. I've never seen so many riders so maxed out at the finish that most needed help just to stay upright on their bikes after crossing the finish line.
shady

Trad climber
hasbeen
May 14, 2013 - 10:25am PT
Don't know can't say...
I think it had more to do with the heat than the distance or grade %.
Tejay's on his way.
can't say

Social climber
Pasadena CA
May 14, 2013 - 11:21am PT
Shady, I agree completely and if you had read my initial comment on this thread I made note of that, hence my 'cabernet' quip.

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