Dr. Eric Heiden joined the BMC Racing Team for the Men’s Race at the Amgen Tour of California, from May 14 -20, 2017. The annual professional race will cover approximately 576 miles this year, starting in Sacramento and ending in Pasadena, CA. During the seven-stage bicycle race, Dr. Heiden will support the cyclists through a climb up Mt. Baldy, a time trial at Big Bear Lake and through the Angeles National Forest. We will be compiling his photos and updating the blog along the way so you can join the team on their journey. Come back daily and click on the photos for updates from Dr. Heiden and follow him on Facebook.
Beginning the week in California with BMC
First day of ToC with only one lap to go!
Just when you think there is too much chaos and commotion the team director has a live interview.
Team Leader never stops
One of the pioneers of US cycling.
Floris Gerts, Best Young Rider, after stage 1
Eric Heiden and Alexi Grewal
Och, the brains behind BMC, and Eric Heiden
Day Three of ToC, 7 AM and the staff is already hard at work.
Best locker room in the peloton. Getting Tactics in place.
Gearing up for Santa Clarita, Stage 4
Ian the mechanic, fixing a flat tire. Never good when he has to get out of the car.
Amazing effort in action.
Faulty radio change at 50mph. Ian doesn’t stop at being a mechanic.
Driving a team car is not for the faint of heart. A multitude of duties. Most drivers have raced as professionals and have a keen understanding of the dynamics of the race peloton. If you ever have the opportunity to ride in a team car take it. Your appreciation for the director’s ability will floor you. And the ride itself…..well, buckle up because there is nothing like it.
Sammy Sanchez comes back for a bottle. If you ever hang around him you understand why he has been so successful……preparation. He is always prepared. Every night he studies the race course and all it’s details.
The first female on a pro tour team, Shelly was a pioneer. Her enthusiasm and energy remains infectious even today.
Tough race today – Mt. Baldy
A little down time before the TT
All hands on deck
Post TT press conference. Tough effort at altitude.
Miki catching the last rays of California Sunshine after a hard TT
Spent a good week with a great team. Everyone made it to the finish line. Now it’s time to relax and enjoy the uniqueness of California.