Man oh man. What a day! I’m still buzzing from the final stage of the 2014 Amgen Tour of California. After a week-long road trip with Rapha North America and Tillie, the new Mobile Cycle Club, we were all at our maximum capacity. Late nights working turned into early mornings riding and after a week, all the energy left over culminated into one crescendo of cheering and support for the PRO cycling contingency.
The final stage was a three-lap circuit up and over the (in)famous Rock Store climb. Normally moto and auto territory on the weekend, this road is one of the more treacherous climbs for cyclists in the area. That said, just this one day, for four hours however, the road was ours. Unfortunately, we had to begin early… Like, wake up at 4:30am and drive an hour to start our ride at 5:30.
But, as the saying goes, early to bed, early to shred. With only minimal aggression from motos and autos, we took to the hills of Malibu Creek State Park and eventually scaled Rock Store, where we greeted amass of fans, all in support of the ATOC and looking to party.
It was majestic. Even the pros got down. Thanks so much Ted King!
Read more in the gallery!
It’s always a given: mountain top parties. Whether it’s Baldy or Diablo, SoCal or NorCal, there’s always gonna be people / super fans / regular fans / cyclists who congregate en masse at the top (or nearly top) of a peak.
This year, the Amgen Tour of California returned to the hot and sweaty summit of Diablo. Once again, there was a congregation of people both at the tip top and at the various overlooks, parking lots and camp grounds.
Rapha set up their new Mobile Cycle Club, Tillie at the Juniper Campground to serve coffee, blast some tunes and offer a platform for people to park their bikes and fill up their bidons at the water spigot nearby.
You could say the cyclists swarmed, but it was the thousands of pesky – pinching – ear wigs that did that…
Head over to Mission Workshop for details. If you do go to this event – you’d be crazy not to – do me a favor and give Stinner a high five. That dude is killing it.
This Saturday, April 26th at Firefly in Boston, the mystery artist KCE will be presenting some of their prints. If I wasn’t at the Whiskey 50, I’d be there – so if you make it out, do so! See more details at the Firefly Facebook.
KCE was kind enough to send over some stealth teaser images from the show, which you can see below…
This Friday, Argonaut Cycles would like to invite you to an evening of Space Bikes in NYC. Head over to the Aether Apparel NYC Store from 6-9 PM for free drinks, a presentation from frame builder Ben Farver and the video premier of Brian Vernor‘s Argonaut Deep South Odyssey.
Ben will also have his NAHBS Best in Show bike on display for you to squeeze the brakes and pinch the tires!
Tonight is the Bicycle Film Festival in Austin! Check out the showcase details below!
This weekend, there’s a lot of events going down in Portland, beginning Saturday morning with the Tiny Tire Enduro, then Brian Vernor’s movie for Saucony, Finding Strong is premiering and finally, Sunday is the Super Swap. Head over to the Athletic for details.
I don’t know about you, but to me, that looks like a lot of fun. Luckily, most of the snow will have been melted in August.
Check out more information at the Minneapolis NACCC site!
Photos by Kyle Kelley
With the biggest and best race of the year coming this weekend, the biggest and best artist just got done signing each poster. Hey Geoff! The Mudfoot Dirty Hundo is this Saturday in Los Angeles and Sunday, after your legs are ripped off, All-City, Golden Saddle Cyclery and mother nature are going to throw a sunset ride.
Posters and t-shirts will be available at the Dirty Hundo start and whatever is left over will be sold online.