A slow ride to the coffee shop, a long chat with team mates, a slow ride back to the hotel; contrary to what you'd expect, there isn't much to do on the day before a stage race. If you're a rider that is. In downtown Sacramento the streets are transforming to the tune of VIP tents and sponsor banners. The directors are busy in meeting rooms, pouring over last minute logistics. Nutrition is carefully prepared by team staff and those guys at Scratch Labs crazy enough to supply an entire peloton. Mechanics spend the day tuning and washing bikes. Even the guys from Pioneer are here installing power meters on Team Belkin's cranks. It's clear to see that a lot goes into the Amgen Tour of California and anticipated excitement is everywhere.
What exactly do riders do before America's largest stage race? Ted King summed up the day before the US's largest stage race with a simple message on instagram. When you get the chance to observe a cycling team's operation up close you realise the massive significance of support staff. However, tomorrow we'll all be watching the 128 elite riders as they bear down on Sacramento for what is sure to be sprinter's duel. There's a lot of quality names at this year's Tour, so it's all going to come down to which team gets organized. Look for Omega Pharma, Cannondale or Orica Greenedge at the front tomorrow.
Today we managed to catch up with Orica appearing calm and collected during their training ride. Here are a few images of the boys.