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Every year, the Tour of California is the biggest cycling race in the United States and quickly becoming one of the biggest races in the world. We head to the race to cover all of the action from in and out of the peloton. At the top of the show we are joined by co host Jessica Rocheleau. Her mission is to start at the bottom of the sport and ride her way to the top by competing in the Haute Route in April of 2018. She comes from a competitive swimming and triathlon background. She has a long way to go and a lot to learn but she has a lot of the key ingredients that could make her a champion. Can she do it? We’ll see and also be rooting for her. She’ll be checking in with her progress leading up to the race and we can all learn along with her. Who knows? In the future she could be mixing it up with the best in the world.
We start off the with the time trial in Big Bear California. Phil Gaimon talks about how busy and different retirement is even though it still involves riding bikes. Phil has made Southern California his home and has a lot on his plate. He is an author, Gran Fondo host, Strava king and he has his own podcast and youtube channel. We also talk with retired pro Ben Jaques Maynes who holds the distinction of having the most tours of California completed by an American. He currently works for Jakroo apparel which makes cycling clothing and custom kits for some of the best riders out there.
Team Sky is always a big draw in the race and we chat with sprinter Elia Viviani who like many sprinters don’t look forward to time trialing and doesn’t like InnOut burger either. We do meet up with the BMC team and talk to young phenom Thom Bohli who at 23 years old is a time trialing specialist. We also catch up with team Quickstep rider Zdenek Stybar who is one of cycling’s toughest riders. He excels in the classics and is a great lieutenant to his team. He’s also a five time world cyclocross champion that could possibly make it six.
Suzanne Hamilton is a lovely Canadian who works at 4iiii innovations who makes the worlds most minimal and accurate power meters. They supply equipment to team Bora Hansgrohe and Quickstep and even have ventured out into to other sports like sailing. It’s so interesting the amount of metrics people are using today. So while it is essential for Peter Sagan to use them, it’s also becoming more prevalent in the amateur and recreational ranks as well.
We finish up with talking to Tour of California winner George Bennet who gives me his first thoughts right after crossing the finish line and he tells me what it’s like to find out he just won Tour of California. We also track down American sprinter Travis McCabe who dukes it out with Europe’s best and then Jen’s Voigt almost tells me to shut up. During the press conference we here the thoughts of legend and current World Champion Peter Sagan and we talk with Evan Huffman, a Californian on the Rally team who walked away from the race with two stage wins. If you are a new listener, welcome to the show and if you are a return listener, welcome back. This is a must listen to episode for any cycling fan!