2014 Amgen Tour of California: Prep Day

Yesterday (in California), I arrived at the host town for the first stage of the 2014 Amgen Tour of California. Most of the teams had been pouring into the parking lots for the days prior. Their mobile mechanics areas were glistening with overspray from bike washing, their rags hanging in the sun to dry and all the bikes were being prepped for the first stage.

Part of the reason I’m here is to check out what the guys at Skratch Labs are doing for the tour, which I’ll elaborate on this week. Their task yesterday – Saturday afternoon – was to fill 150 water bottles – bidons – for the first stage.

Skratch is doing a “Neutral Human Support” car. A vehicle that will offer up free bottles, moral support and other forms of encouragement to the racers, regardless of their livery. 150 bottles, stuffed into coolers, covered with ice and ready to be handed off to racers… it was going to be a warm day on Sunday – which it was!

  • Alexander Tauras

    Great photoset! Freddy’s Jelly Belly looks sick! Is Team Clif Bar still riding Argon 18s too?

    • http://theradavist.com John Watson

      Not sure

  • Courtney Britt

    Those black Scratch labs water bottles are sick. Where can I get a few?

    • http://theradavist.com John Watson

      Not sure… unless you’re close to the ATOC.

      • Courtney Britt

        Nope, “enjoying” the rare rainy day back in Austin.Look forward to seeing more of your coverage of the tour, though.

    • Dennis

      It’s a water bottle for gods sake.

      • http://theradavist.com John Watson

        Don’t be a dick dude.

  • Rasmus Riemann

    Wish I could have that pro wrapper live in my basement…Why the TT/Tri seat on Freddies bike? Are they TT’ing on those?

  • Aaron

    Look at all the gumwalls in the pro pelaton!