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Lifestyle Festival – Specialized

We stopped in at the Specialized booth located in the Lifestyle festival of the Tour of California to check in with Dave Finsthwait and talk to him about some exciting products coming out of Specialized based in Morgan Hill, CA. From the replica Bettini Tarmac SL2 to shoes, helmets, and optics.

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Toyota-United’s Rollin wins Sprint Jersey Competition at the Amgen Tour of California by 2 points over the Worlds Best Sprinters

Matches Team CSC with most stage wins of any team with (4) in all three previous Tour of California’s Stage 7, Pasadena, California – The Toyota-United Pro Cycling Team came and battled against the best pro cycling teams in the world and came away the victor in the coveted sprint jersey competition in the 2008 […]

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NAHBS in a Nutshell

Portland turned out to be an excellent host city for the Handmade Show. We flew in to Portland from LAX first thing Saturday morning, walked out the airport doors and stepped on to the waiting Max lightrail. A quick 40 minute train ride costing only $2 and we were dropped off at the Convention Center, […]

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Selle An-atomica saddles

We chatted with Tom Milton of Selle Anatomica saddles and he showed us his interesting array of products. Their main product is the Titanico LD saddle for $175. The leather is very soft and very waterproof. The distinctive feature is a cut-out in the leather that optimizes comfort by through better understanding of the human […]

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RoadBikeReview – Amgen Tour of Caifornia Jersey winner #5 part 1

Brandon H, of Oakley, CA sent in these pics from the prologue to become our 5th jersey winner!

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RoadBikeReview – Amgen Tour of Caifornia Jersey winner #5 part 2

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Stage 7 – Fan report

by ilsogno I was at the KOM – I call it the “Cima Floyd” – for today’s stage. At 4900′ in altitude it is the highest point of this year’s Tour. On the way up I snaped a pic of a couple of the soigneurs waiting at the feed zone. I parked about 500 meters […]

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RoadBikeReview – Amgen Tour of Caifornia Jersey winner #4

ilsogno, of Sherman Oaks, CA is our fourth jersey winner for her report on Stage 6! Here it is straight from Cindy’s keyboard… I parked at the intersection of Broadway Road and Hwy 23 (Grimes Canyon) near Moorpark, CA. Got my Colnago off the roof rack and rode the climb up to the summit of […]

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Llewellyn Custom Bicycles – lugged steel road bike

Darrell McCulloch from Llewellyn Custom Cycles (Brisbane, Australia) shows us this lugged steel road bike with his own lug work. Darrell also explains some of the philosophies that he believes in, when he builds a custom bicycle. website: www.llewellynbikes.com

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Llewellyn Custom Bicycles – Mini6 steel fixie

Here, Darrell shows us his Mini6, a steel fixie with his lugs. From his website: “These lugs are the world’s first and only sloping top tube lugs for standard OS tubes.” website: http://www.llewellynbikes.com/

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True Fabrication Bicycles – womens fixie commuter

Cody, Clark, and Cole from True Fabrication Bicycles (Austin, TX) shows us this custom womens fixie commuter with a nice rack (wood inlay with a flower), too. website: http://www.truefabricationbicycles.com/

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Defending Champion Levi Leipheimer Wins Second Consecutive Overall Title

GEORGE HINCAPIE WINS FINAL AMGEN TOUR OF CALIFORNIA STAGE More Than 1.6 Million Fans Turned Out to Watch the Best Field Ever Assembled on U.S. Soil Cycle Across California Photo by Ken Conley PASADENA, CALIF., – After eight challenging days of cycling through 650-miles of scenic California highways, roadways and coastline drives, Levi Leipheimer (USA) […]

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Stage 7 – Post Race Quotes

Photo by Ken Conley Levi Leipheimer (USA), General Classification Leader Astana On winning the 2008 Amgen Tour of California: “I think this win is more special now because of the caliber of the field. The amount of stars that competed here is what makes this race so great. For me, this win is unbelievable because […]

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Rock Racing Registers Solid Performances At Tour of California

Pasadena, Calif. — Michael Creed’s extraordinary ride Sunday capped an impressive performance for Rock Racing at the Amgen Tour of California. Attacking from the start of the 93-mile (150 km) stage, Creed played an instrumental role in a pair of breakaways that stayed clear of the peloton on a rain-soaked, bone-chilling ride from Santa Clarita […]

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Stage 7 – Quick Results

Overall Winners (General Classification): First Place – Levi Leipheimer (USA), Astana Second Place – David Millar (GBR), Slipstream Chipotle Presented by H30 Third Place – Christian Vande Velde, Slipstream Chipotle Presented by H30 Stage 7 Winners: First Place – George Hincapie (USA), High Road Second Place – Rory Sutherland (AUS), HealthNet Presented by Maxxis Third […]

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Leipheimer wins the ITT! Lets check out the bike he did it on…

Levi rode the time trial of his season so far beating out the closest competitor by 29 seconds to retain the race leaders jersey. He did it on a Trek TTX 9.9 SSL, which Scott Daubert of Trek was kind enough to talk to us about.

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Late-Race Crash Sidelines Rock Racing’s Star Sprinters

Rock Racing’s Mario Cipollini tries to avoid the crash by Mark Cavendish (Team High Road). Santa Clarita, Calif. (Feb. 24, 2008) — A crash in the final miles of Saturday’s Stage 6 of the Amgen Tour of California dashed the hopes of Rock Racing’s star sprinters, Mario Cipollini and Fred Rodriguez. The pair tumbled to […]

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Stage 6 Report

By: Jeffj 1- Dory Holty aka ‘Antler Dude’ changed up his headwear for Stage 6, opting for an eagle head and wings to top his familiar yellow helmet. 2- The breakaway group turns onto Balcom Canyon Road with a 5+ minute gap on the peleton.

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Update: No Changes to Route for Final Stage of Amgen Tour of California

The race is on for the Amgen Leader Jersey in the 2008 Amgen Tour of California. Following course assessment for safety and conditions, the route will remain as planned for the final stage of the race today from Santa Clarita to Pasadena. The riders will leave Santa Clarita at noon and are expected to arrive […]

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STAGE 7 UPDATE! Course may change…

Due to the possibility of sever weather conditions, the course for tomorrow’s Stage 7 of the 2008 Amgen Tour of California from Santa Clarita to Pasadena may be modified. Race organizers suggest that fans check the official Web site, www.amgentourofcalifornia.com, to verify any changes to the start line and/or route.  The finish will remain unchanged, ending […]

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Stage 6 – Post Race Quotes

Luciano Pagliarini (BRA), First Place, Stage 6 Saunier Duval-Scott On his win: “I am very happy for my win, but it is not as good, considering the circumstances. It is good for my overall standings. I am so sorry for (Mark) Cavendish. I know High Road must be very disappointed.” On today’s race: “There was […]

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Champion Levi Leipheimer Retains Amgen Leader Jersey Heading Into Final Stage of 2008 Amgen Tour of California

Luciano Pagliarini Claims Victory After Penalty Shakes Up Standings in Stage 6 Photo by Ken Conley SANTA CLARITA, CALIF., February 23, 2008 – Fans in Santa Clarita lined the streets to witness the finish to Stage 6 of the 2008 Amgen Tour of California, which included an exciting bunch sprint to the finish line. After […]

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Stage 6 – Quotes from the Start line

By Stephanie Gutowski and Lyne Lamoureux George Hincapie (High Road) We have some great sprinters and if comes down to it, we want to help them out. I’m doing better, it took a while, getting over my crash, I had a headache for three days after that, road rash, I’m doing better, the team is […]

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The composition of the breakaway was exactly what the stage needed

After two very high-stress days for the peloton, today’s sixth stage 109 mile (175km) run from Santa Barbara to Santa Clarita came as a welcome relief. “Today’s stage was defined by a breakaway that all major players in the field, including BMC, were comfortable with,” Gavin Chilcott reported after the stage. With no major general […]

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Stage 6 – Quick Results

Overall Leaders (General Classification): First Place – Levi Leipheimer (USA), Astana Second Place – David Millar (GBR), Slipstream Chipotle Presented by H30 Third Place – Christian Vande Velde (USA), Slipstream Chipotle Presented by H30 Stage 6 Winners: First Place – Luciano Pagliarini (BRA), Saunier Duval-Scott Second Place – Juan Jose “J.J.” Haedo (ARG), Team CSC […]

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