The Amgen Tour of California is an eight stage event that takes place in one day. A 192 hour day that is. Doing such a long and gruelling event truly brings home what Carmichael Training Systems refers to as Eat, Sleep, Ride (repeat). All the days get meshed into one. At the end, you can’t really tell which climb was on what stage, what hotel was in which town or which transfer was the longest or the shortest. The meals are always the same, the people are the same and the daily routine doesn’t change. The CTS Race Experience gives riders a unique opportunity to live like a pro. And living like a pro provides you with a better understanding of how difficult the life of a Pros is. One of the by-products of riding hard for eight days in a row is that life’s complications and stress just disappear. Truly the perfect way to relax.

Here’s an idea of what our group lived through these past eight days:

Stage 1:

  • 5:35 hrs
  • 3,302 kJ (equals 3,302 calories burned)
  • 158.4 km (98.2 miles)
  • 1,872 meters climbed (6,140 feet)

Stage 2:

  • 5:50 hrs
  • 3,766 kJ (equals 3,766 calories burned)
  • 163 km (101 miles)
  • 2,415 meters climbed (7,921 feet)

Stage 3:

  • 6:30 hrs
  • 4,063 kJ (equals 4,063 calories burned)
  • 189 km (117.2 miles)
  • 2,368 meters climbed (7,767 feet)

Stage 4:

  • 5:39 hrs
  • 3,476 kJ (equals 3,476 calories burned)
  • 165 km (102.3 miles)
  • 2,257 meters climbed (7,402 feet)

Stage 5:

  • 2:06 hrs
  • 849 kJ (equals 849 calories burned)
  • 58.8 km (36.5 miles)
  • 334 meters climbed (1,102 feet)

 Stage 6:

  • 6:02 hrs
  • 4,122 kJ (equals 4,122 calories burned)
  • 172.4 km (106.8 miles)
  • 3,549 meters climbed (11,711 feet)

 Stage 7:

  • 5:50 hrs
  • 3,981 kJ (equals 3,981 calories burned)
  • 128.6 km (79.7 miles)
  • 3,442 meters climbed (11,358 feet)

 Stage 8:

  • 1:13 hrs
  • 608 kJ (equals 608 calories burned)
  • 33.9 km (20.5 miles)
  • 224 meters climbed (739 feet)

 Total for the week:

  • 37.45 hrs
  • 23,218 kJ (equals 23,218 calories burned)
  • 1,069 km (662.8 miles)
  • 16,406 meters climbed (54,141 feet)

So here some interesting math: there are approximately 133 calories in 100 grams of cooked pasta. Let’s assume that cooked pasta weighs the same as uncooked pasta. There is 500 grams of pasta in an average bag of pasta. If a rider had lived only on pasta this past week he would have had to consume 35 bags of pasta (or 4.4 bags per day) just to replace the calories burned while on the bike.

There are 105 calories in a medium size banana. Therefore, had we lived on bananas alone we would have had to eat 221 bananas or 27.6 bananas per day.

The roof of the Empire State building in New York City stands ar 1,250 feet. We climbed its equivalent 43.3 times or 5.4 times per day. The main deck of the CN Tower in Toronto is 346 meters high. We climbed that 47.6 times or 5.9 times a day. A good reference point for our European friend Marco would be the Eiffel Tower in Paris which is 320 meters high. With 16,406 meter of climbing this past week, it is as if Marco would have gone up the Eiffel Tower 51 times or 6.4 times per day.

Now that we have all of those statistics concerning the Tour of California just how much preparation does it take to get ready for an event such as this? Here we go:

Pre Tour of California Training Statistics

It takes 4:20 hrs of training for each hour of riding time at Tour of California and 3.8 kJ in training for each kJ during the event. Anyway you slice it, this past week was hard but satisfying for all. Can’t wait to do it again though….

This was our schedule for the last day of our trip:

Sunday, May 20, 2012, Beverly Hills-L.A. Live (44mi/72km)

  • CTS Breakfast Time:           5:00-6:00 am
  • CTS Depart Hotel:               6:15 am
  • AM Transfer:                      30 minutes
  • CTS Ride Start Time:          7:00 am
  • Pro Riders Start:                10:10 am
  • CTS Finish Time:                9:00-9:30 am
  • Pro Finish Time:                11:50 am
  • PM Transfer:                      None

Pictures taken today:

Description of Stage 8

Stage 8 of the 2012 Amgen Tour of California will start in what is quite possibly the most quintessential L.A. city – Beverly Hills. A first in the history of the race, the start line will be just across Rodeo Drive, where the Ferraris, Lamborghinis and the occasional Bugatti Veyron will be replaced with Giants, Treks, BMCs, and Specialize bikes. Designer dresses will give way to high-tech lycra. What better way to start the final day of America’s premier cycling race!

A quick turn after the start will take the riders onto Santa Monica Boulevard and then north on Doheny Drive into the city of West Hollywood. Following the route of the famous LA Marathon, the race will reach Sunset Boulevard and then make a right turn, heading towards

Hollywood. Heads in the peloton are sure to turn as the riders pass the likes of Madame Tussauds Wax Museum, Kodak Theater, Mann’s Chinese Theater, the intersection of Hollywood and Vine, and the Pantages Theater. The route will then turn southeast and travel past Dodger Stadium.

At Grand and Caesar Chavez avenues, the riders will enter the five-mile long circuit that will take riders through Chinatown, past Los Angeles City Hall, the historic Biltmore Hotel, Disney Hall and the LA Music Center as they race past STAPLES Center and L.A. LIVE to the finish line.

The winner of the 2012 Amgen Tour of California will be crowned on a special awards stage in Los Angeles at L.A. LIVE, a suiting location given the countless number of winners who have also tasted victory here, including GRAMMY, American Music Award, Emmy, ESPY, MTV and American Idol winners. At the end of the race, the winner, along with the team who supported him, will take top honors for having survived the longest and most difficult stage race ever contested in the America. This May 13 – 20, a whole new season of racing in America will begin with the prestigious and world-renowned Amgen Tour of California.

Map to Stage 8:

Profile of Stage 8: