Thursday, May 19, 2011

2011 Amgen Tour of California - Stage 2

A peloton of CHPs motorcycles signals the cyclists are about to arrive

Stage 2 was shortened from 133 miles to 76.3 miles due to bad weather and icy road conditions at 7,085' Donner Summit.

The race start was quickly relocated from Squaw Valley to Nevada City. The course remained the same from Nevada City to Sacramento and followed essentially flat roads to the finish.

I back-tracked the race route and found a hilly portion just outside of Beales Air Force Base on Spenceville Road. I positioned myself at the top of the "S" curve and took the following pics.

After the last riders and support vehicle came by, I jumped into my car and dashed back to downtown Sacramento to catch the finishing circuit around the state capitol.

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Impressive parade of motorcycles on Spenceville Road

A budding cycling fan ringing the cowbells with help from mom

The 4-man breakaway group had a 4 minute lead leaving Beales AFB. The riders were Ben Jacques-Mayne of Team Bissell, James Driscoll of James-Sutter Home, Timon Seubert of Team Net App, and Lazlo Bodrogi of Team Type 1.

Forming a cool little eschelon to battle the headwinds

The main peloton crests the hill in hot pursuit

Coming around the S curve . . .

. . . and up a hill

Over a little rise and on toward Wheatland

A parade of team support cars following the racers

The broom wagon sweeping the course

I hop in my car and drive like the devil to get to downtown Sacramento before the racers arrive. I get there in the nick of time to catch the 4 lap finish around the State Capitol Park.

Hammering down N Street

Banking into the turn at 15th and N Streets

Levi - Team Radio Shack

One of the official photographers positioned himself at the same corner

Racers coming down N St. on the 2nd lap

Rain fell during the 3rd lap

Cautiously turning the corner

The final lap the riders blast down L St. to the finish line

Ben Swift of Team Sky won Stage 2 in a sprint finish

Checking out team bikes parked by the Capitol

The Shack team bus

Oscar Freire with fan

Chris Horner

George Hincapie

Colorful Team Jelly Belly

Having recently purchased a Cervelo R5, I've become a fan of Team Garmin-Cervelo

Garmin-Cervelo team bus

Kevin the team bus driver


Remember this guy? Doc Eric Heiden who is the team physician for BMC.

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