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Amgen Tour of California heads toward Pasadena

I wanted more than anything to get a shot of Tour de France winner Bradley Wiggins on the street I ride so often — Berkshire in La Canada. The Amgen Tour of California descended Angeles Crest Highway and headed east on Berkshire to the stage finish in Pasadena. My husband and I set up lawn chairs on the shoulder and waited half an hour for the riders to speed by. I was so excited when Wiggins appeared that I missed a clear shot, but at least got him in focus with teammate Danny Pate (see middle photo). Here are a couple of other shots I liked. I only had one chance to shoot the riders — they were gone in a second.

Cannondale's Green Machine sets the pace.

Cannondale’s Green Machine sets the pace.

Danny Pate protects Amgen Tour winner Bradley Wiggins on the penultimate stage.

Danny Pate protects Amgen Tour winner Bradley Wiggins on the penultimate stage.

Ben King is in the break.

Ben King is in the break.

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Turkey Trot Cross

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Here are some of my favorites from last weekend’s Turkey Trot cyclocross race at Verdugo Park in Glendale.


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Joe McKeag at an L.A. Brakeless event.


Wolfpack Hustle Midnight Drag Race on the 6th Street Bridge

The Midnight Drag Race is an annual event put on by the Wolfpack Hustle folks. This was its biggest year ever, held on the 6th Street Bridge in Los Angeles, which soon will be torn down.

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Elite track nationals, Sunday

Here’s a photo gallery of the Sunday races from elite track nationals. Click on the photo and it will take you to the gallery on SmugMug.

This is one of my favorites of the day — T.J. Mathieson racing the kilo.


Wolfpack Hustle’s 2nd Street Tunnel bike drag race

Here’s Los Angeles’ historic 2nd Street Tunnel as I’d never seen it before. I drive through it every day and had never seen the dirty white tiles up close until Wolfpack Hustle held their first legal bike drag race there ┬álast Saturday. Here are a few photos that give a sense of what a fun night it was.

First, here’s James Zaldua, the second-place finisher, at the end of the tunnel several hours before the racing started. James rides at the Encino and Carson velodromes.

A contingent of tall bikes raced against each other.

And here’s the winner, Tim McGee, who was training with the U.S. national development team earlier this year.


LAVRA upgrade races

Andrew King and Mikael Weitze battled it out several times Saturday. Each race was very close. King won this sprint.

Portrait of Christopher Reed at the rail.

Big women’s field for a change.

Adams Avenue in the lead. Some riders came up from San Diego to race.

Ryan Barrett leads the group.


Favorite photos from SCNCA Junior State Track Championships

The kids who raced at the Southern California/Nevada championships last saturday at the Encino Velodrome showed a lot of speed, skill and heart. I picked these photos mainly for the “heart.”

Jules isn’t the biggest rider in his age group, but he is one of the fastest, and you can see how seriously he takes racing by the look on his face.

All I can say is, go girls, go!

Donavon went down hard on the cement track, but got up and kept racing.

Girl power!


LAVRA Friday night races and sprint exhibition

Community racers and elite riders from Team USA and Team Canada competed recently at Velo Sports Center in Carson. The elites put on a sprint exhibition for the spectators. When the results are posted, here’s where they will be.

Gillian Carleton

Jennifer Valente vs. Tela Crane

Jennifer Valente wins heat against Tela Crane.

Nate Koch vs. Sam Milroy

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Giddeon Massey beats T.J. Mathieson


Quinn Hatfield vs. Jack Lindquist

Here’s video of an exciting race between Quinn Hatfield, owner of one of the best restaurants in L.A. — Hatfield’s — and Jack Lindquist, an elite rider and host of my GoPro. They are riding a match sprint at the Encino Velodrome.