Stage six of the Tour of California was a team time trial for the women and an individual time trial for the men. We spent the morning with Canyon – SRAM women’s racing and the afternoon with Team SKY.
The women of Canyon – SRAM warmed up on the KICR SNAP and then set out on course for what proved to be a difficult course made more difficult by the unrelenting wind. When the team finished the TTT they had set a new best time on course. They ended up placing 5th on the day.
The men took part in an individual time trial that would further solidify the overall race competition. The wind did not suit overall race leader Julian Alaphilippe but he rode an outstanding TT to protect his overall leaders jersey from Rohan Dennis, the TT winner.
We rode in the car behind current world champion Vasil Kiryienka. It was shocking at how fast he was going and a bit deceiving. Vasil has a slower cadence that puts out massive power so he does not look like he is going very fast but he is flying.
At the end of the ride Vasil had set a new best time but was quickly beaten by American Tayler Phinney, Andrew Talansky and eventual stage winner Rohan Dennis. Team SKY ended up sixth on the day.
We decided to opt out of hanging out on course or at the finish of the this stage. The route takes the riders through some of the most scenic roads and landscape in Marin county. The climbs are brutal and the descents steep and fast. We opted to ride the entire route the pro would ride with one of a our sponsored athletes Yuri Hauswald and the GU Energy crew. There were moments that left us wondering if this was a wise choice and if we should have just stayed down at the finish drinking coffee and relaxing in the sun. The adventure and rural landscape kept calling us and even when the suffering was at its peak there was no turning back but only the acceptance of what was to come, then one more pedal revolution.
Stage 8: Final stage ride report and live check in from Sacramento where the winner will be crowned as the King of California.
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