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    Amgen???

    Who else is not following the Tour d' Calif this year?

    Just realized that it's now in its third day and coming to a town near me.

    The bit in the news this AM about the discrimination in the Women's Race is what alerted me that it had already started.

    Meh.
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    It went by my work yesterday morning. I walked out to see them ride by. That's probably the extent of my involvement this year.

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    The Israel Cycling Development used my shop as the location for a media event Friday morning, then rolled out with some of the shop staff and a couple customers for mellow ride. The Amgen photog who was there asked if we could zoom out with them in the Moto for a few minutes to get some shots.

    General consensus is that shooting from a sidecar is way more rad than shooting from the back of GS, so I went out with the same photog (who is Sagan's photographer as well) for a shoot with the Bora team on Saturday. That was pretty fun.

    That's it for my involvement and attention span.....

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    I was planning on taking a few days off to watch the finish in Morgan Hill, and the start from Laguna seca....here I am at work.

    The TV will suffice.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Train Wreck View Post
    I was planning on taking a few days off to watch the finish in Morgan Hill, and the start from Laguna seca....here I am at work.

    The TV will suffice.
    Agreed. You'll see more of the race.
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    Another meh here. I think they're rolling thru Stockton today. They probably love this cool weather, but not the breeze.

    Question: how hard is it to spell 'Amgen', I ask you?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Moe Ped View Post
    Who else is not following the Tour d' Calif this year?

    Just realized that it's now in its third day and coming to a town near me.

    The bit in the news this AM about the discrimination in the Women's Race is what alerted me that it had already started.

    Meh.
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    I was just wondering about this. A few friends are going to Quimby and Mt. Hamilton for the descent.

    I am considering it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by griz View Post
    Wrong site...this is MTBR
    MTBR; becoming borderline meh.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Moe Ped View Post
    MTBR; becoming borderline meh.

    We used to have dozens of mtbr folks climb Quimby road and wait up there for the peloton. Ahhh, good roadie times.
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    Quote Originally Posted by fc View Post
    We used to have dozens of mtbr folks climb Quimby road and wait up there for the peloton. Ahhh, good roadie times.
    I blame it on e-bikes. I bet the MTB'ers will still be out there; just ashamed to post up that they are planning to/did ride their e-bikes.
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    Over the weekend i was thinking of taking the train to sac for stage one or drive out to the only point where you could see um twice and decided it would be a lot easier..read cheaper to watch it on TV. Stage 2 was gnarly with sagan saying the tour was too tough and that he didnt care if he won another stage or the race and cav just dropping off the back and bonking with ~70 miles left...

    Todays mt hamilton stage should be good but the weather seems like it could impact the remaining stages. Didnt they move the tour to May for better weather years ago?

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    It was funny watching Sagan's interview after the first stage, the commentator was asking Sagan a bunch of times why he comes here and what makes this race so special, Sagan was really polite in saying he comes here because he gets paid to come here. We Americans love to pat ourselves on the back.

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    Love Sagan and his style...but beyond that I'm over watching road. Tired of the dopers. Used to get pretty into it....but rarely even check results these days.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Moe Ped View Post
    I blame it on e-bikes. I bet the MTB'ers will still be out there; just ashamed to post up that they are planning to/did ride their e-bikes.

    If I ride up Quimby on my lunch hour, it will definitely be assisted.
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    Peter Sagan is a god.

    But there is a new force greater than Sagan. Maybe, much greater. It is such an unknown since he is so new to the road scene.

    He is the Cross Champ.

    He was podium guy at the World Championship of XC Mountain Bike.

    And then he did something in Amstel Gold that is unfathomable. He is worth following. So road is worth following.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Moe Ped View Post
    MTBR; becoming borderline meh.
    One more reason for you to post your roadie talk somewhere else

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    Go look at the 2019 XC World Cup thread, they're not too impressed by Van Der Poel over there, technically this would be his first year in the Elite rankings (24years old). He's strong, can race any discipline, rips moto and dirt jumps too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Train Wreck View Post
    Go look at the 2019 XC World Cup thread, they're not too impressed by Van Der Poel over there, technically this would be his first year in the Elite rankings (24years old). He's strong, can race any discipline, rips moto and dirt jumps too.
    Who's not impressed? Van Der Poel is a cyclocross rider.

    He's just starting to make a go of this road and mtb thing. He really is in uncharted territory. It's like my man Ohtani-san.

    Nino Schurter btw is one of the greatest of all time. He is the perfect package and the perfect trainee. And he can descend like a god! But he is worried.
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    Quote Originally Posted by griz View Post
    One more reason for you to post your roadie talk somewhere else
    Beat it 26er.

    Why you keep contributing to this thread? Look into the light...
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    Quote Originally Posted by fc View Post
    Who's not impressed? Van Der Poel is a cyclocross rider.

    He's just starting to make a go of this road and mtb thing. He really is in uncharted territory. It's like my man Ohtani-san.

    Nino Schurter btw is one of the greatest of all time. He is the perfect package and the perfect trainee. And he can descend like a god! But he is worried.
    He's raced MTB in the past, I believe his focus is on the upcoming Olympics.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Train Wreck View Post
    He's raced MTB in the past, I believe his focus is on the upcoming Olympics.
    Yeah, just effin around, dabbling. I heard he raced his last road race this year already. Gonna give this mtb thing a go.

    His bike handling is very legit.
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    Stop caring when they took Mt. Diablo out.
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    Quote Originally Posted by fc View Post
    Yeah, just effin around, dabbling. I heard he raced his last road race this year already. Gonna give this mtb thing a go.

    His bike handling is very legit.
    I worry hes spreading himself too thin. The guy seems 100% committed year round. Maybe well see him at the TOC one year

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    I follow it when I can. It's cool to have a pro cycling race in our area. Although I'm much more into mtb than road, I have tons of respect for these pro riders. Absolute savages.

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    Van der Poel is unreal, his skills developed in 'cross and off-road are amazing to watch over the years. He finally settled down this last season and waited for his world championship that he rightly kicked-butt for. Anyone watching the Euro cross scene with regularity knows how hard they ride, holy carp.

    As for that Amstel God race this year, we may never see a finish like that for a few more decades. Van der Poel may be off-roads best rider since Nino, and maybe better?
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    Quote Originally Posted by unicrown junkie View Post
    Van der Poel is unreal, his skills developed in 'cross and off-road are amazing to watch over the years. He finally settled down this last season and waited for his world championship that he rightly kicked-butt for. Anyone watching the Euro cross scene with regularity knows how hard they ride, holy carp.

    As for that Amstel God race this year, we may never see a finish like that for a few more decades. Van der Poel may be off-roads best rider since Nino, and maybe better?
    There we go. High praise but it is truth as far as we know. He is so young that we really don't know what he's capable of yet.
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    Nothing wrong with being a roadie, down Highway 9.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 5k bike 50cent legs View Post
    Nothing wrong with being a roadie, down Highway 9.
    Unless your "road" bike has knobby tires and is covered in mud?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Train Wreck View Post
    Unless your "road" bike has knobby tires and is covered in mud?
    That's a given!

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    Quote Originally Posted by fc View Post
    Who's not impressed? Van Der Poel is a cyclocross rider.

    He's just starting to make a go of this road and mtb thing. He really is in uncharted territory. It's like my man Ohtani-san.

    Nino Schurter btw is one of the greatest of all time. He is the perfect package and the perfect trainee. And he can descend like a god! But he is worried.
    Actually, there is precedent and it is charted:

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paulin...nd-Pr%C3%A9vot

    That said, I've enjoyed the hell out of watching MVdP race CX the last couple years, and that finish @ Amstel was spectacular.
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    This past weekend I stayed near the finish line of the Tahoe stage. Went to the event around noon to check it out. Got a leg massage at the NormaTec booth. Then went and rode Corral. Then returned to the event and got another leg massage. Then walked over to the finish line and banged on the metal gates as the riders came through. Super solid day and perfect weather. Unsure how much I'll end up watching on TV, though.

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    In memory of Paul Sherwen

    Perhaps a subconscious reason for the Amgen not being on my radar this year was the passing of commentator Paul Sherwen. I loved to hate how he and partner Phil Liggett would totally botch some California place names.

    Liggett tweeted this:

    "Arrived in Sacramento for the ATOC and ready for a good race. Just one man missing and he won't be forgotten."

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    Quote Originally Posted by Moe Ped View Post
    Perhaps a subconscious reason for the Amgen not being on my radar this year was the passing of commentator Paul Sherwen. I loved to hate how he and partner Phil Liggett would totally botch some California place names.

    Liggett tweeted this:

    "Arrived in Sacramento for the ATOC and ready for a good race. Just one man missing and he won't be forgotten."

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    And don't forget using the SAME tired cliches EVERY year to describe the race. But yes, cheezy, maddening and wonderful all at once.
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    watching the stage winner descend mt. ham was tragic. I was hoping the kid from Kansas could hold on but..oh well. F-ing DVR stopped recording about half a mile to the finish...

    Oh and WHO saw AUSSIE BOB being interviewed..we are amongst the FAMOUS

    Today there will be weather...and a healthy headwind from the looks of it...all the way into Laguna Seca..

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    Quote Originally Posted by jrm View Post
    Today there will be weather...and a healthy headwind from the looks of it...all the way into Laguna Seca..
    All the way down Hwy to Morro Bay. Dreadful.
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    At least temps aren't that low, just a bit of wind and rain. Bad luck with the weather, that's for sure.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Train Wreck View Post
    At least temps aren't that low, just a bit of wind and rain. Bad luck with the weather, that's for sure.
    No better @ the Giro today either. Not a great day to be a pro cyclist
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    Go Team USA!!!

    Anyone catch the Jens Voigt commercial for the Sharks game? That was great

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    Did I look good I missed seeing my interview lol i never missed a race starting in the first one in 2006 I love the buzz and spreading the word about diabetes and the Tour de Cure and now
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    I'm finding the coverage of the tour to be quite boring. I'm an avid cycling fan, I'll watch anything from DH to track racing but I just don't feel to excited to sit and watch another stage with 3 hours of boring coverage. Definitely miss Paul, but I do really appreciate Tejay's insight.

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