AMGEN Tour of California #ATOC: Stage 02 – San Francisco

This morning I found myself walking up to the second stage of the AMGEN Tour of California not knowing what to expect. I didn’t attend the opening day in Santa Rosa, nor did I experience the Sunday afternoon crowds that flooded the city, so I had no idea what awaited in San Francisco.

SF is a cycling-savvy city, to say the least and the reception, especially on a Monday morning, was warm. Each team’s caravans bustled on the inside, as their bikes were neatly leaned against the side. Fans walked up, commented on gear and patiently awaited for the athletes to leave their busses.

Once a team would exit, they were swarmed with fans, flashing their iPhones, interrupting them for a photo and it quickly became apparent that it was going to be an energetic morning. Rather than go too much more into it, I’ve compiled a nice Photoset, only of the start. We didn’t make it to stage itself, or the finish, but I’m happy with how these came out.

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  • Kuotient

    sick T-Level Challenger colorway! love that bag

  • sygyzy

    Great pictures John!

  • http://www.fyxomatosis.com fyxomatosis_one

    Erik fucking Zo.

    • K-Train

      Is that who’s on the Falconer cantilevered Moulton-esqe thing?  He’s looking a little rough!

    • http://theradavist.com John Watson

      He said hello, by the way….

  • $teeltrack

    7.80lbs!!?!?! That shit Cray

    • Nathanjbosch

       Dude needs to calibrate his scale. . . . :-)

  • Eric

    I liked that alot. Thanks.

  • http://twitter.com/dagbert dagbert

    Those Colombians sure are photogenic sons of bitches.

  • what the fuck is a fixie?

    Whats on the seat stays on that Serotta?

  • CruisinE2W

    Gum wall tires FTW. Great pics!  

  • http://twitter.com/thevolcanoclub The Volcano

    Rico Suave Jr. rides for Team Colombia. #swag

  • http://twitter.com/samfm samfm

    Will’s Bolt look super clean!

  • http://twotoneatl.com twotoneatl

    awesome man.  I look forward to seeing the ToC through your lens!

  • al

    Ha that Weight Weenie shows up to all the local swaps!

  • http://twitter.com/klei_ber Brian Kleiber

    Great shots here man, super jealous of your travels!

  • timesisweird

    coldeportes papa!!! viva colombia

  • Dontcoast

    love the shots of the exergy bikes. they look so different with the gold bars and microshift gruppo!
    thanks for the show

  • Chris L

    These stage 3 photos look just like Stage 2 photos

  • Nerdario

    MICROSHIFT! Who the hell rides microshift arsis in the tour of california?!?

    • http://theradavist.com John Watson

      Exergy.