This year's Amgen Tour of California was truly a thrilling race. We saw a solid sprinters' battle between two of the greatest, Mark Cavendish and Peter Sagan, an epic solo break away by that new kid on the block Toms Skujins and an incredible climbing effort on Mt. Baldy by the French featherlight-weight-mountain-goat Julian Alaphilippe. Peter Sagan won the overall tour by literally one inch! See you next year!
"Gonso - Bike & Activewear", has been a sponsor of the 2014 Race Across America (RAAM) Team "4Athletes". German athletes and German engineered clothing have proven they can compete with the best in one of the world's toughest endurance race.
I am very proud to have been a part in this success story and incredible experience, and I am very thankful to the good people at Gonso to feature my photos.
Just a few more days until the greatest endurance cycling race starts. I will be driving alongside and photographing last year's winner of the 4-person category Team "4athletes powered by Stenger Bikes". Four brave German souls, Peter, Frank, Frederick and Robert will start in Oceanside, CA and race nonstop to Annapolis, MD. 3000 miles, ca. 5½ days, 4 time zones, rain and shine, desert heat, high altitude, sleep deprivation and many more obstacles await them. This truly amazing journey starts June 14 and photos will be posted here as much as I can. www.raceacrossamerica.org
On Sunday Nov 17, four brave souls set out on a journey that would change their lives...or just make them really tired and feeling a good amount of accomplishment by the end of the day. Bryan, Daniel and I from the Bicycle.net team were joined by Tom from OTR. We took the early morning Amtrak train from Union Station LA to Santa Barbara and rode the 112miles back to Santa Monica. After a few wrong turns, we found our way out of Santa Barbara and climbed up Hwy 150 to scenic Lake Casitas, descending down into Oxnard, and returning to familiar grounds of Point Mugu and PCH/Malibu.
Total trip distance: 126.55 miles
Elevation gain: 4,999ft
Calories burned: 4302kcal
Avg Speed: 18mph
On Friday, July 5th, I set out on a mission: ride 100 miles on my bike. I rode the Pacific Coast Hwy from Santa Monica to the Point Mugu Naval base and back. My awesome girlfriend met me at Point Mugu with a delicious sandwich and Gatorade. Refueled I hit PCH back to Santa Monica. When I reached Malibu, 80 miles behind me, my legs had gotten very heavy, and on top of that my rear wheel punctured. Tire fixed up, energy gel downed, I told my legs to shut up and take me home...they didn't fail me and even allowed me to sprint through the Santa Monica traffic. Mission accomplished, 100 miles, 8hours (incl stops), 3500kcal burned.