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mooch

Trad climber
Tribal Base Camp (Riverkern Annex)
Topic Author's Original Post - May 13, 2018 - 11:24am PT
Well, its time again! Stage 1 is a grand prix stage in Long Beach today. The heavy favorite seems to be leaning on The Manx Missle, Mark Cavendish
Of course, I'm a Sagan fan and hope he starts things by leading in sprint points. Headed off tomorrow to watch Stage 2 out of Venutura. Hoping to get a spot on one of the turnouts along Gibralter Rd, as the pros battle it out to the top and the finish line itself. Predictions?
BLUEBLOCR

Social climber
joshua tree
May 13, 2018 - 11:40am PT
i was up there watching last year! That kid(can't remember his name) from Roseville almost won that pitch! Hope he does this year!

You know, there is fun bouldering on Painted Cave Rd! And if you countinue up to Cielo Rd, take a right and you can drive to the finish line. That's the back line they keep open for the service cars😉
BruceHildenbrand

Social climber
Mountain View/Boulder
May 13, 2018 - 12:57pm PT
You are thinking of Neilson Powless. He's back this year with his new European team, Lotto Jumbo.

This is going to be an interesting year for the race. It looks like there are way more big name sprinters(Kittel, Cavendish, Saga, Gaviria, Kristoff) then there are big name GC contenders(Van Garderen, Adam Yates). That doesn't mean each day's racing won't be exciting; it's just that you might not recognize the guys at the top of the leader board.

Here's a link to the team rosters:

https://www.amgentourofcalifornia.com/competition/teams

BTW, I am rooting for Megan Guarnier in the women's race. She won in 2016 and just won the Tour of Yorkshire. This could be her last year of racing.
healyje

Trad climber
Portland, Oregon
May 13, 2018 - 01:21pm PT
Oh, bicycles, had to look that up, who knew?
Mtbphoto

Trad climber
Mammoth Lakes, Ca
May 13, 2018 - 02:30pm PT
Planning on heading up to Kingsbury Grade on Friday to watch.
hooblie

climber
from out where the anecdotes roam
May 13, 2018 - 02:36pm PT
speedos and capes and wigs, oh my
hooblie

climber
from out where the anecdotes roam
May 13, 2018 - 02:49pm PT
geez, i hope that didn't sound dismissive.

cuz i've watched the ToC wiz wiz WIZ WIZ wiz .. wiz by
on several occasions amazed by the whole scene, even the wheel changer dudes.
but i do best with commentary, helicopters, moto-video feeds

and something to calm my nerves
def edge of seat stuff
phylp

Trad climber
Upland, CA
May 13, 2018 - 07:36pm PT
Did they get rained on today? Lots of rain here this morning at the edge of the mountains.
Srbphoto

climber
Kennewick wa
May 13, 2018 - 07:43pm PT
Still makes me laugh that the title sponsor is a pharmaceutical company. The stage I am really interested in is Folsom to Tahoe. I wish they would go down the Peninsula again.
10b4me

Social climber
Lida Junction
May 13, 2018 - 09:33pm PT
SoCal only got one stage this year ;-(
rbolton

Social climber
The home.
May 14, 2018 - 02:44pm PT
Its also kind of funny that they manufacture EPO.
BigB

Trad climber
Red Rock
May 14, 2018 - 03:54pm PT
SKY WINS....w00t a surprise!
mooch

Trad climber
Tribal Base Camp (Riverkern Annex)
Topic Author's Reply - May 15, 2018 - 09:53am PT
Yah, SKY had their day planned well! Bernal crushed that grade like it was a time trial!! I was there for Stage 2 (Ventura to Gibraltar Summit) and caught the big boys climbing the remaining 8 miles on Gibraltar Rd. I was really hoping Tejay Van Garderen would take the stage, especially with Bookwalter pulling him up to the final 2km. I saw that he tried to attack but Bernal was in pure beast mode. Shots from yesterday....

Brent Bookwalter and Tejay Vsan Garderen following SKY's lead rider
Credit: mooch

Bookwalter riding the Pain Train
Credit: mooch

Mark Cavendish (center) safely tucked into the middle of the fragmented peloton
Credit: mooch

The World Champion, Peter Sagan
Credit: mooch

Michael Schar, the Swiss National Champion
Credit: mooch
mooch

Trad climber
Tribal Base Camp (Riverkern Annex)
Topic Author's Reply - May 15, 2018 - 10:26am PT
SoCal only got one stage this year ;-(

Actually it was 2 stages. ;)

I see Stage 3 being a Sagan stage. This is his kind of ride.....long and lots of punchy rollers, leading into Laguna Sega. Scene of his last stage win there.
mooch

Trad climber
Tribal Base Camp (Riverkern Annex)
Topic Author's Reply - May 15, 2018 - 11:28am PT
At current time for Stage 3 (11:30AM PST), Ian Garrison, Rob Carpenter and Evan Hoffman are away by almost 6 minutes. Yunguns and 'stiques!
MGuzzy

Trad climber
Orangevale
May 15, 2018 - 11:38am PT
I've always thought they should run a stage down I-5, between Tracy and Bakersfield...going southbound...when the wind is really cranking... and you are allowed to draft 18 wheelers ...just sayin' ;-)
BLUEBLOCR

Social climber
joshua tree
May 15, 2018 - 03:30pm PT
^^^^Ha!

Dudes are runnin disc's now, wtf? That shot of Sagan makes him look really aged. Almost looks like Merx, just needs a cigarette😀
mooch

Trad climber
Tribal Base Camp (Riverkern Annex)
Topic Author's Reply - May 16, 2018 - 07:53am PT
^^^^^LOL!

That's what happens when you start a family. I think his wife is due with their first kiddo.

Crazy how Toms Skujins took that stage yesterday. Amazing how he stayed away for that remaining 10km. I thought for sure the peloton was going to catch them. Then again, the GC boys were too busy dickin' around by making Sagan work out front that remaining 5km. If Sagan wants to take that Green jersey by Saturday, he better start working with his mates during Stage 5. I was thinking he'd be all over yesterday's stage, seeing how he took it easy on Gibraltar Road (90th overall).

Speaking of Toms, I remember that horrible wipeout he took last year and was almost taken out by a string of racers while he was stumbling around dazed. Race Radio should have been all over that! I don't care what anyone has to say about that. Common sense prevails....if you see something dangerous unfolding, do something about it! Even if you are a mechanic or spectator at the race. Period!



Helicopter view
Dingus Milktoast

Trad climber
Minister of Moderation, Fatcrackistan
May 17, 2018 - 06:41am PT
Mooch I just realized the AMGEN comes within two blocks of my house later today, BOOM!

Today's leg pretty much traverses the heart of Dingus Country. My backroads, my cutoffs, MY SHORTCUTS! WTF!!!

:)

I even have some time in my schedule to go watch them come zooming by. Just have to get my timing right.

Stay tuned from your man on the scene

DMT
Craig Fry

Trad climber
So Cal.
May 17, 2018 - 08:38am PT
Great TT yesterday

Now our man Van Garderen is in Yellow
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