2014 Amgen Tour of California: Stage 06 – Santa Clarita

For the past week, Rapha and I have been covering the 2014 Amgen Tour of California. In that time, I’ve seen some incredible feats of athleticism from the PROs, met tons of rad people, shot enough photos to fill a book (hint hint) and gone on some very tough rides.

The ride we did up to Diablo – more to come on that – was hard, but the ride we did yesterday was tough. So tough that if our friends at Mavic hadn’t offered support, it would have been a long day.

Deserts can be an unforgiving place. Even with my musette stuffed with extra water, food and camera equipment, I would have succumbed to the bonk goblins if it hadn’t been for Chad and Charlie from Mavic.

Thank you’s aside, we rode from Palmdale to the KOM, made a wrong turn and then hauled freaking ass – I’ve never climbed that fast before in my life – back up to the top.

The race ended and we headed back to Palmdale, finishing out at over 80 miles and 7,000′ elevation.

  • Andy Brown

    I want one of those TDBT Rizzle Dizzel kits… Wonder if any extra will turn up.

  • barry mcwilliams

    Excellent day, that day.

  • Aaron

    That’s another great set. Looks like so much fun.

  • Kerry Nordstrom

    Killer set.

  • Patrick Estrella

    hey fellas, there was lady on this ride. Her name is Crystal Haggard. She is a SUPER MOM

    • http://theradavist.com John Watson

      Oh, I know! She’s awesome. Love that family!