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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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