stage 4 tour of California, Pismo beach to Avila beach

I was lucky enough to score VIP tickets o the ending of the 4th stage of the tour of california, The stage started in Pismo beach about 12 miles from my house and ended in Avila beach. I rode out with my friends from Flanders bikes in San luis Obispo to the staring on the pier in pismo beach for a nice mellow ride                 

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We arrived to pismo and saw all the team busses lined up and the riders walking around and mingling with all the spectators, all the rides were pretty cool very approachable even Mr, Cavendish who had a sizable crowd around him as a result of winning the previous stage

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The team sag vehicles were pretty impressive and loaded to the gils with wheels and spare bikes but i took a photo op infront of the team sky sag vehicle

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It was really cool to see all the sag vehicles lined up in down town pismo, the trek factory racing team had a nice vw jetta sportwagon tdi, driving a golf ti my self i took a liking to it

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We had about 2 hours before the riders were projected to be finishing the race so we check out the vendor are and went by the trek booth and came across Jens Voight’s hour record breaking bike. This was not a reproduction bike it was his actual bike and the let us go up and check it out. it was pretty cool up close there were even some custom motivating graphics on the top tube

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After the start of the race we made our way back to San Luis obispo to get cleaned up and head over to the finish and enjoy some VIP treatment. The vip section did not disappoint with great food beer and wine and even fresh baked chocolate chip cookies. we were at the 50 meter mark  and had a perfect view of Peter Sagan’s sprint attack up hill to win the 4 stage. he turned on the gas at the right moment and wasn’t able to t be caught

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These were the jersey winners for the fourth stage, With Tom Skujins holding off Peter Sagan he remaind in the yellow jersey along with the climbing jersey and Mark Cavendish had the green points leader jersey and Sagan in the stage winner jersey and Julian ALAPHILIPPE with the white best young rider jersey!

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Amgen tour of California in my backyard

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The Amgen tour of California starts this week and I’m lucky enough to have stage 4 start and end pretty much in my backyard. This year stage 4 will start on the pier in pismo beach weaving through oceano, orcutt, santa maria and heading back up to avila beach looping 109 miles with just over 5000 feet of climbing. These guys are scheduled to do it in under 4 1/2 hours! Ill be look forward to the start were most of the pros will be hanging out waiting to start hoping to score a bottle or cap for some one would be amazing!

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With Bradly Wiggins not racing this year the door is wide open for anyone! With Mark Cavendish and Peter Sagan in attendance we are guaranteed a good effort by the both of them. But don’t count out team sky they will have  Serigo Heano to conquer the climbs, and hopefully bing ho,e a win for team sky.  Team Giant Alpecin will have Marcel Kittel in their corner. This year is stacked and looks to be a great race!

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The Teams will have to endure some of the most picturesque terrain all the way from Nevada City all the way down to Big Bear Lake. Ive said it before and ill say it again I’m ver fortunate to live where i do, I’m able to ride year round some of the best riding in the state, have a major tour roll through my backyard just minutes from my front door, ad this year i got to take part in the first california L’eroica, next year i hope to have a vintage steel bike to actually ride in the event. Not only is San luis obispo a great cycling town to live is it also home to a multitude of bike product companies, Sram has a R&D facility here and developed a lot of their new road 1x systems here, Lezyne also calls SLO  headquarters along with Slime and Voler based in grover beach just a few miles for the pismo beach pier. Im looking forward to next week and hope to have some ics to share from the finish line!

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