Optum and the Tour of California
The Tour of California kicks off this weekend and will once again pass through our backyard at the race’s midway point. As the most prestigious U.S. stage race, the field is stacked and features a powerful international presence. Kicking off Sunday, May 10 (Don’t forget: it’s Mother’s Day) the Tour winds it way from Sacramento, through the Golden State and finishes around the Rose Bowl in Pasadena. Along the way, it will traverse some of California’s most notorious climbs like Mt. Hamilton and Mt. Baldy, and test the GC contenders during the high-altitude timetrial in Big Bear. Stage 8 has us the most excited; it will bring the peloton from Avila Beach to Pismo Beach, passing by our headquarters less than a kilometer away.
The Lezyne-sponsored Optum Pro Cycling p/b KBS team will be fielding a talented and very motivated squad at this year’s Tour of California. They’ll have 2015 Redlands winner and GC contender Phil Gaimon leading the charge, along with guys like Will Routley (last year’s KOM winner) and recent Tour of the Gila stage winners Mike Woods and Ryan Anderson in the hunt for stage wins. The team will also field a women’s squad for the coinciding three-day women’s stage race. The women’s team has also been racking up the podiums this year and has the depth to contest for every stage and jersey on offer.
Throughout the week we’ll be on scene working with the Optum squads as they compete for glory. Furthermore, they will be the first team to race with our GPS computers at the Tour of California. During select stages, we are planning to work with one or two of the Optum riders and recap the day’s battle. Here we’ll dive into their race data; analyzing their efforts and other interesting statistics through our GPS Root website.