The 10th annual Amgen Tour of California cycling race makes its way through California for a dramatic finale, this past Thursday to Sunday. The race has become a prime cycling event in the United States, attracting around 2 million spectators along 720 mile course over a period of eight days at a few world-class locations. During the final stages,NDX Sports and Kramp Krushers participated in the ongoing festivities during the tour in Southern California.

Despite the unexpected and dreary weather conditions, NDX Sports and Kramp Krushers joined in on all the fun. We proudly participated in the events and festivities from stage 5 through stage 8, where rain and Snowfall in mid May resulted to the closure of stage 6.

Thursday, May 14, Stage 5 started on the beaches of Santa Barbara, whipping through Ojai, Saint Paula, and Balcom Canyon, temporarily stopping in Santa Clarita. Cavendish took first place, Zico Waeytens (BEL) took second place, and Sagan took third place. Kramp Krushers handed out samples to the likes of Jens Voigt, Mark Cavendish, Cannondale, and Abus.

Friday, May 15, Stage 6 was expected to be a hub of activity at Big Bear Lake, but due to snow at the original time trial course, presented by Lexus, remained at Santa Clarita and Six Flags Magic Mountain, where cyclists participated in a speedy time trials at a 6.6-mile course. Sagan took first place, Jos Van Emden (NED took second place, and Alaphilippe took third place. Kramp Krushers did some karaoke with Geico for a free gecko and rain poncho, played with Honey Stinger, and checked out some bikes at the booth of TREK Factory.

Saturday, May 16,Stage 7was the "Queen Stage" of theAmgen Tour of California , beginning at the Citizens Business Bank Arena in Ontario, sprints through Glendora, winding around Glendora Mountain Road, finishing at the top of Mt. Baldy. Through rain, snow, and wind, Alaphilippe took first place, Sergio Luis Henao Montoya(COL) took second place, and Ian Boswell (USA) took third place. Kramp Krushers drove up the treacherous roads of Mt. Baldy, where there was fog, rain, mist, and lots of snow. If it wasn’t for the goodies from Champion System, we would have needed to take some Echinacea with our Electrolyte Chews to keep the brave little kids going.

Sunday, May 17,Stage 8concluded the tour, starting in L.A. Live and finally stopping at the Pasadena Rose Bowl, highlighting countless iconic images in downtown L.A. and a tour through the heart of several L.A. neighborhoods like Chinatown, Cypress Park, Eagle Rock , Highland Park, Lincoln Heights, Mount Washington, and Montecito Heights. Cavendish took first place, Wippert took second place, and Sagan took third place. It was a warm and mostly-sunny day for NDX Sports and Kramp Krushers. We got to hang out with Kate Wilson, the National Track Calendar’s Leading Women’s Endurance cyclist.

The final standings for the 2015 AMGEN Tour of California were:

1. Peter Sagan (SVK), Tinkoff-Saxo, 28:13:12 total time

2. Julian Alaphilippe (FRA), Etixx – Quick-Step Pro Cycling Team, +:03 seconds

3. Sergio Luis Henao Montoya(COL), Team Sky, +:37 seconds

4. Joseph Dombrowski (USA), Team Cannondale-Garmin, +1:14 minutes

5. Robert Gesink (NED), Team LottoNL-Jumbo, +1:15 minutes

March 14, 2016 by Erik Huberman