It should come as no surprise that when David Wilcox plans a Rapha group ride, it’s going to be tough. When he showed me the route we’d take for Stage 03 of the Amgen Tour of California, I knew we were in for a big, bad day…
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.
How many more of these stages do I have? Are we on the coast yet? It’s been hot as hell… I just want more coffee from the Rapha MCC and some more House Industries caps.
Yesterday was Monterey to Cambria, one of the most scenic routes in the 2014 Amgen Tour of California. The race course snaked its way through Big Sur and the coastal redwoods as they hit two KOMs back-to-back, three total and one sprint section.
I was in the Skratch Labs Neutral Human Support vehicle, watching them work – more on that in the captions – and trying to get a few shots from the passenger’s window. Meanwhile, with no cell reception, we were all forced to soak in the Cali coast…
Read up the captions, because I tried to be clever this morning.
Side note: if you’re on Instagram, follow Skratch and tag your photos with #SkratchNHS and a quick description of what you think “Neutral Human Support” means for a chance to win a bag of product from Skratch!
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…
This Saturday, I’m flying out to my second home – California – to cover the Amgen Tour of California with Rapha once again.
In conjunction with the new and improved Mobile Cycle Club, we’ll be doing three group rides leaving from the following stages: Stage Three – Mt. Diablo, Stage Six – Santa Clarita – Mt. High and Stage Eight – Thousand Oaks. I want you to come, enjoy a nice, chill ride and have fun – and pick up some limited edition goodies from House Industries.
See more below…
I followed this ride closely on the Instagram accounts of some of these women and I have to say, it was damn awesome. Rapha’s women ambassadors rode the entire 2014 Tour of California route and you can read all about it at Rapha. Also, if you want to see over 100 photos from the ride, head to the Rapha Flickr.
I really love the special edition jerseys that Rapha produces, especially when it’s for a man like Marco “the Pirate” Pantani. Now, Pantani was by no means a saint, but as a key figure in professional cycling’s history, Rapha is commemorating him by donating proceeds from the sales of this jersey to the Pantani Foundation.
Pick one up at Rapha and check out more details below!
It’s spring time, that means for those of you who live in frigid parts of the world, shaving has slowy made its way back into your morning routine – for us Texans, we never really quit.
Let’s be honest here for a second: I enjoy shaving about as much as I enjoy doing product reviews like this and while prior to being gifted this tin, I was more likely to use soap or shampoo to shave with, I do love the way this cream smells!
The Rouge Roubaix exceeded mine and Ben from Argonaut‘s expectations. I don’t think anyone involved with that trip knew how that race would unfold. Backtrack to a few months prior, team Argonaut had the idea to pull Brian Vernor in to do a video and bring me down to shoot the race and document the new Disc Racers.
We spent the two days prior to the race testing out the bikes and looking for key vantage points to photograph the event. While Vernor got his video footage, I took some photos of the bikes and (part of the) team River City / Rapha. These photos are to be used on the Argonaut website…
Check them out in the Gallery and see the bike in person at the Aether NYC event this Friday!
Rapha’s line of City clothing expands each year, and this season’s offering includes some very sharp pieces, including a wide selection of women’s apparel. Head over to the Rapha Spring Summer City 2014 Lookbook to see more and head to Rapha for availability.