Dec 16, 2014
Category: Sweepstakes Series 

“I never win anything!”

That’s where you’re wrong, Joe Videtti, because you won the first of ten Sweepstakes Series drawings held to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the Amgen Tour of California. Videtti’s prize? A sleek SRAM groupset. The 30-year-old Chicago, Illinois resident selected the SRAM Force CX1 grouppo for his cyclocross bike.

Dec 9, 2014
Category: Sweepstakes Series 

Livermore, California resident Brian Lorimer is an enthusiastic fellow by nature so I can only imagine how his energy spiked when he found out that he won the Amgen Tour of California Sweepstakes Series #2 as part of the 10th anniversary celebration of America’s Greatest Race.

Dec 1, 2014
Category: Host Cities  Stage 2 

Sure, everyone who visits California puts megacities like Los Angeles, San Francisco and San Diego on their must-see list. But seasoned travelers know that the best way to get a real feel of the heart and soul of a state is to visit the small towns. Stage 2 of the tenth anniversary Amgen Tour of California will give you a chance to visit two California small towns: Nevada City and Lodi. Let’s take a closer look at Nevada City in this host city preview.

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.

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