The Amgen Tour of California got underway this past week and world class riders, many whom train and ride in much cooler European climates, were greeted with temperatures well into the 100 degree range. Teams have been going through 150-200 water bottles during the stages to keep their riders hydrated and to keep them safe. One team, who ran out of water during stage 1 had to make a stop at a gas station along the course to buy out their water supply. Teams have also been handing ice cold sponges, out car windows, to riders to place in their jerseys-- to attempt to regulate body temperatures.
Garmin's Lachlan Morton, using the NEW special edition Edge 510, recorded a max temperature of 111.2 degrees and an average of 102.1 degrees over the 126 mile, 9,000 ft. of elevation gain stage 2. Even in these brutal conditions, Morton managed to average close to 24 mph and had a max speed of 56 mph! (see full stats below)
The boys in argyle are using the special edition Edge for the first time in California and I'd have to say they look pretty sweet on their Cervelo bikes! Some riders are choosing the standard stem mounts while others like Morton are opting for the out-front-mount. Action continues in California today and the Team has its eyes set on Friday's time trial, where specialist Dave Zabriskie will look for a stage victory in his home race.