2014 Amgen Tour of California: Stage 04 – Monterey

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!

  • Ian L Richards

    Great shots again, John. Best coverage of the ATOC by far

  • Ian Stone

    I need one of those chain jockeys in #48 for cleaning.

  • You’ve gotta start making these galleries available in wallpaper res. Amazing coverage.

    • They’re 2000px wide if you open the image in a new tab and remove the suffix before .jpg

      • My man, that’s what I’m talking about.

  • The Volcano Club

    commentary on the pics is great. really ties it all in.

  • Public_Parent

    So good! Missed you in Pismo, this morning.

  • Matt Long

    Too good even though you had a long day is the car. Images look like film —- a good thing! Long live film.

  • Rasmus Riemann

    What is the road you’re defying death on? Looks amazing, i’d like to ride there on my first visit to the US next year.

    • Nicholas Schaub

      California highway 1

  • Jamie McKeon

    does that dude have a bart simpson tie on? killing it

    • Jamie McKeon

      oh, nope. either way killing it.

    • Steve Dallas

      Ah, no, not this time, and yes, it was hot and Scratch Labs saved our bacon….and yes, we were rolling at 30mph next to the car gladly taking the handup..;-)

  • More great stuff, thx for working so hard John!!

  • These are spectacular.

  • Hendo

    On a side note, next time you’re in Monterey and need coffee, hit up Acme Coffee. Good people, even better joe.