2017 Tour de California: Stage 02
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2017 Tour de California: Stage 02

Monday - May 15, 2017 - Modesto

This stage is rad. You should come here and ride this stage.

TABLE OF CONTENTS MFS TEAM
Daniel Wakefield Pasley
Owner/Operator, Photographer, Writer and Publisher
Kyle Von Hoetzendorff
Writer, Editor
RACE BIBLE
START

Modesto

FINISH

San Jose

DISTANCE

144.5km

KOMS

Del Puerto Canyon Rd, 64km (Cat 2, 2.5km @ 9.4%); San Antonio Valley Rd, 78km (Cat 3, 1km @ 7.5%); San Antonio Valley Rd, 88.5km (Cat 3, 1.7km @ 8.1%); Mt. Hamilton, 97km (HC, 6.9km @ 8.7%); Quimby Rd, 117km (Cat 2, 1.8km @ 9.2%)

SPRINTS

Patterson, 22.5km; Murilo Ave, 123.5km

WINNING TIME

3:43:46

TOP 3 FINISHERS
  1. Rafal Majka (Pol) Bora-Hansgrohe, 3:43:46
  2. George Bennett (NZl) Team LottoNl-Jumbo, s/t
  3. Ian Boswell (USA) Team Sky, +0:07
TOP 3 GC STANDINGS
  1. Rafal Majka (Pol) Bora-Hansgrohe, 7:29:14
  2. George Bennett (NZl) Team LottoNl-Jumbo, +0:02
  3. Ian Boswell (USA) Team Sky, +0:14
COURSE DESCRIPTION [OFFICIAL]

Fans and riders alike will be happy the race will return to Modesto for the fifth time. After two neutral circuits at the start, the race will leave Modesto and head south to Patterson. Once through Patterson, the riders will leave the flatlands behind and start the first of six King of the Mountain climbs (KOMs) up Del Puerto Canyon. Three additional KOMs will start to sap the strength of many in the peloton. The true climbers will save themselves for the HC climb up and over Mt. Hamilton. This stage set the table for the GC riders in 2015, and you can expect the same this year. The technical descent down Quimby Road collected several riders in 2015. A short, but demanding climb will await the leaders as they ascend to the finish at the Santa Clara Motorcycle Park. Riders will climb about 9,000 feet during the stage, as well as contest two sprints. After missing last year, San Jose will return as a Host City for the eleventh time, an all-time race record.

MANUAL FOR SPEED BIBLE
TIME OF FILING

12:59 AM. If 1:00 AM was a deadline, we nailed it! It isn’t a deadline though.

ACCOMMODATION

Best Western PLUS Royal Oak Hotel: This feels migratory. But the staff has rolled over, I don’t recognize anyone. But the rooms? The rooms have the familiarity of a school bus seat. Well-used and worn in, but still able to instill a sense of comfort and ease. No purple channels—your STARZ, HBOs, Showtimes, etc.—just reg channels, no privilege.

WIFI DETAILS
How 'bout we call it 83% and leave some room for improvement?
WEATHER
Oh California, you are truly a treasure. If I were to guess, I’d say today’s weather was nice. Like 70s nice. Somewhere in the 70s. Like cocaine-onset era 70s, maybe 76? Doesn’t matter, it was great, not like mid-career Clapton great (wavy hand and a wink), but like honest and real great, early Fleetwood Mac great, all eras of Thin Lizzy great. You know what I mean.
NUMBER OF STEPS

N/A. Daniel rode a motorcycle. I don’t track my steps, I am a soul walker, I do it by feel. So we don’t have this data for you today.

TODAY'S OBJECTIVES
  1. Interview Ian Boswell: The TdC has been our introduction to Team Sky. Obviously we’ve been aware of each other, you know opposite-sides-of-the dance aware… but us being shy and them being shy it takes a little prodding for us to get together. That prodding has prodded, but we weren’t expecting it to come from the sharp end of a scorpion’s tail. More on Ian and that interview below. Thanks Castelli, for playing matchmaker.
  2. Photo the race: Guys, we know you know that we know that this is our objective at every race on every race day, but what you maybe don’t know is that this isn’t as easy as it sounds. There are so many contingencies to manage and dishes to keep spinning in order to make this happen. Waking up, driving, getting coffee, getting a second coffee, parking, parking at the right location, raising the camera, depressing the button—and these are just some of the tangibles. We’re not even going to get into all the alchemical bits that have to coalesce in order to get these snaps. Angles, sun, math, technology, emotion; they all have to work, every time, for us to photograph the race. Just saying.
  3. Exercise. It is currently 10:45 pm. I walked around a bit today and spent a TON of time in a car. Also I actually didn’t really see the bike race at all. Well, I was there for the finish, but I spent most of the day ahead of the race talking to fans and interviewing them about “Now With World Tour.” We’ll get to that. But in order to get to that I still have to get to that, which means no exercise or personal reading (which is brain exercise so it counts in this context) tonight. Which, if you care, would’ve been Gene Wolf’s Shadow & Claw, the first two volumes of The Book of the New Sun. Have any of you read this? Let’s get a discussion group going? kyle@manualforspeed.com
COURSE DESCRIPTION [UNOFFICIAL]

The first 20-ish miles are flat and tedious through gross farm country. This isn’t Van Gogh farm country, this is industrialized American farm country. Large tracts of land with those big spider-like sprinklers, dotted here and there with the outsized diesel pickups that always wear human balls from the trailer hitch going around rolling coal whenever they get the chance. But this all ends once you get to the west side of the 5 freeway. The hills start and the people vanish. There are a few cabins, campsites, and fringe prepper shacks along the way, but by and large there aren’t many folks and the road just goes on climbing. Real neat. At the top of tops there is a telescope camp where people spend their nights watching the stars. BORING. Everything they’re seeing is old news anyway. Once past the telescope farm the riders ride an asphalt roller coaster down to San Jose. For a minute they snake through some suburbs but then all of a sudden they’re out of the suburbs on one last climb to the finish. It’s a neat stage.

TODAY'S OBSERVATION #1

This stage is rad. You should come here and ride this stage. The east side is cool, but the western face and the road that twists its way up there is SO insane. I mean come here to watch the race too, but if you can’t get out on a Monday in May just get here and ride this stage.

TODAY'S OBSERVATION #2

Hey. If you’re in line at a restaurant or coffee shop or really any place where you order from a counter, and you don’t use your time waiting to make a decision about what you’re going to order when you DO get to the front of the line, then you should know you’re disrespecting me and all the other people behind you. Also you should know we all, all of us in the line behind you, all of us who have ever been in a line behind you, we despise you.

TODAY'S OBSERVATION #3

Google Forms won’t embed correctly for Apple phones and tablets, no matter how rad the the Apocalypse Survey is that you put together. Sorry Google, I think we’re gonna go talk to that Monkey over there across the bar and see what’s up.

TODAY'S OBSERVATION #4

I (Kyle) am not Phil Gaimon, I am also not his brother, nor do I have any relation via blood to him that I or my family know about. Admittedly, we resemble each other in the following ways: We’re both around six feet tall. We’re both built like Gumby or Slender Man. We’re both white dudes. We both have faces. But I mean I think Phil is infinitely more handsome than I am, plus I know he loves cookies WAY more than I do (though it certainly doesn’t show). Anyway, I know for sure that I am not Phil Gaimon, unless I am living in a Philip K. Dick novel and I really am Phil. But if I don’t know, then does it even matter?

TODAY'S OBSERVATION #5

San Jose and Modesto are not as different as they should be.

MEAL & FOOD REPORT
  • Chobani with Vanilla flavoring, a cup-ish of granola and some hot plate coffee from the SpringHill continental offering.
  • Then Starbucks for an Americano.
  • Then to another Starbucks for a cappuccino and an Evolution Sweet Green.
  • Fast Forward 6-ish hours. Daniel and I descend upon the Chipotle in Morgan Hill. I do a carnitas burrito, Daniel does a two-meat bowl, carnitas and barbacoa. We splurge on a guac and chips.
  • Then we head to Starbucks. I do decaf, DWP gets an allcaf and some Justin’s Peanut Butter cups. I try these dark chocolate honey squares. These little squares prompt us to discuss the cherry liquor chocolates in the See’s Candy with the Barista. We all agree that they’re disgusting. If you’re a Manual for Speed reader and you like the Cherry Liquor Chocolates from the See’s Candy Christmas pack could you please email us, team@manualforspeed.com? We have some questions for you, also we’re worried about you.
RETRACTIONS/CORRECTIONS/APOLOGIES

Dear Dude Who Had Seven Too Many Michelob Ultras At The Finish Line VIP Tent, I apologize that Daniel gave you a high five. He shouldn’t have, he should have left you hanging, you didn’t deserve it, you were too pushy with your demands for attention and confirmation of said attention through physical interaction. I am sorry not only to you because we shouldn’t normalize and encourage this behavior, but we’re sorry to the rest of the world for being party to the proliferation of these actions.

QUOTE OF THE DAY
"All you have to do is stand in one place and the teams will come to you."
-Eric Walle
"As pro cyclists, we're kind of an artist for ourselves. We are kind of our own final projects."
-Ian Boswell
IInterviews with the Boz
Ian on America
Animation by Steve Hockett.

Team Sky’s Ian Boswell is an American. And we love him for it. In this episode of MFS Speed Center Ian gives us a little insight into what it means to be an American racing the World Tour.

FROM THE MFS STORE ARCHIVES
2015 Tour of Kalifornia Poster
$25.00

This poster is perfect for walls. In fact it’s made for walls. If you have at least one wall, you need this poster. Also it commemorates Kalifornia and all that too.

 

Limited edition of 50 17″ x 25″ prints. Art by Thomas Slater. Screen printed by hand in Brooklyn, NY by LQQK Studios.

FROM THE MFS STORE ARCHIVES
IIStart - Modesto
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Lachlan Morton.
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Always chilling.
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This guy won. Nice job, Rafal.
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Cya suckers!
A Brief Typology of #ModestoMotors
Nothing says "American Stage Race" like a grip of classic cars parked by the start.
IIIModesto to San Jose
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♥♥♥ GET WELL SOON TOMS!!!! ♥♥♥
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Hey dude, what state do you live in?
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IVFinish - San Jose
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