Ryan and I chased Scott Nydam up Trinity road with this poster during Stage 2 of the Tour of California. He had broken away from the field and had about a 5 minute gap when we got to run with him up the climb.
Congratulations to BMC on a great ride at the Tour of California. Alexandre Moos finished 10th overall and our guy Scott Nydam took the King of the Mountain jersey. Scott rode an incredible race, especially considering all of the obstacles that he had to overcome to get his mind and body on track for it. He went down hard a few weeks ago at the Tour of Qatar and then his dad was diagnosed with cancer. Here is an interview with him from the BMC racing blog :
The Snelling Road Race is Feb. 23. Since it's about 25 miles east of Merced, and the Junior 13-14 and 15-16 races start at 8:20 (17-18 isn't until 12:30), going up the night before is often recommended. Joey Nygaard and his mom will be staying at the Vagabond Inn Merced. Anyone else going up the night before?
Stage 1: Sausalito to Santa Rosa Start Time: 11:00 AM Miles: 96.8, KM: 156 Finish ETA: 2:43-3:20 PM
Tour of California: Team Swift Raffle Team Swift has a full day of activities starting at 9AM in downtown Santa Rosa. We will be selling raffle tickets for a Specialized Bicycle and Team High Road jersey, participating in the Kid’s Parade, assisting in the inaugural Women’s Amgen Tour of California Criterium and watching the Pro Men come racing into the finish line.
Note: The raffle winners will be announced on February 19 prior to the start of Stage 2.
9AM—meet at Women’s Race Day Registration, 640 Third Street (rear of the building on the D Street side.) --Set up Team Swift tent & banners --Distribute Team Swift waterbottles to Kid’s Parade Organizer --Distribute Specialized Bike & Team High Road Jersey Raffle Tickets 10AM Volunteers for Kid’s Parade Assemble for instructions 11:00 AM Kid’s Parade --10 Team Swift Rider Volunteers (riders who competed at the Cherry Pie Criterium) will Mentor the under-10-year-old parade—each volunteer will receive a TOC t-shirt 12:00-1:00PM Women’s Amgen Tour of California Criterium --Volunteer to help in Pit #2—Eric & Tyler Brandt --Ticket sales at VIP Tent, NorCal Tent and Specialized Tent 2:30PM Pro Men Stage 1 Finish --Dissemble Team Swift Tent and Banners --Drop off Banners to Stage 2 start location. --Collect all Raffle Tickets
Stage 2, February 19th—Raffle Winner’s Announced prior to stage 2 start Team Swift members that do not have school help announce prizes—Tyler Brandt
ACTIVITIES All Day: Junior members, parents and friends of the Team Swift Junior Cycling Development Team participate in and watch the Tour of California. Raffle Prizes: Buy a book of Raffle Tickets 5 for $20 and sign up for great prizes including a complete Specialized bicycle Parking: Is available on surface streets and at the fairgrounds. If you park near City Hall you might not be able to get out until after the Stage 1 finish. Streets generally open up right away and bike parking is being provided by the SRCC near City Hall.
02/10 Cherry Pie Criterium 02/23 Snelling Road Race 03/22 Copperopolis Road Race 04/05 Martinez Bay Front Criterium (no 13-14 race) 04/26 Wente Vineyards Road Race (no 13-14 race) 05/03 Cat's Hill Criterium 05/26 Sugar CRM Memorial Day Criterium 06/22 Mt Diablo Hill Climb
The Tour of California starts Feb. 17 with a prologue in Palo Alto at 1 pm. There's also a crit in Santa Rosa that day, but the junior races are early enough that people could probably do both if they want. Josef is. Anyone else? Who wants to meet up at the prologue?
Racing starts in Northern California for real this Sunday with the Cherry Pie Criterium in Napa, the first race in the Junior Points Series. Team Swift will have a good group there, hoping to win a pie or two. See you in Napa.