The Amgen Tour of California rolled through the high tech capital of the world today and what better place for these riders to mount their latest aerodynamic machines during the Individual Time Trail (ITT). Microchips and microprocessors gave way to carbon, titanium and a whole lot of wattage output. Silicon Valley is home to all the big names in the computer business, but today the big names were Floyd, David and Bobby.
Legends are created atop summits. We assault them. We fear them. We never forget their name once we’ve conquered them. Summits are nothing short of the reason we cycle – to reach the top. Today’s second stage of the Amgen Tour of California was nothing short of epic.
Do kids read Peanuts in the Sunday comics anymore? The first ever stage of the Amgen Tour of California finished in Santa Rosa, where Charles Schultz, the creator of Charlie Brown and Snoopy called home. Levi Leipheimer calls it home too. There was no mistaking this along the race course today – Levi, the race leader, was coming home and Lucy and Linus were taking a back seat to the local cycling hero.
The Tour de Langkawi is in the record books and Team Navigators' Burke Swindlehurst is heading home, sort of. The final two stages were a literal wash, a non-important TT for T-Bird and an outright deluge of biblical proportions on the final day crit. Here's the final update from the snorkeler.
If it's not the heat, it's the rain, if it's not the rain, it's damn hard racing, and sometimes, if you're lucky, you can get all three at once. Team Navigators' "T-Bird" is enjoying his Tour de Langkawi, though a bit quietly due to his voice's vacation, and enjoying the extra big mp3 player between his ears.
Woe to poor Ed Hood. The man finished his duties in Berlin and was immediately shuffled northward via car and ferry to the even colder environs of Denmark for the Copenhagen Six. His rambling team of miscreants picked up another few to aid, bringing the grand total to 8 riders to care for, tend to, wash, round-up, feed, and generally make sure are always pointed in the right direction.