Tour of California 2013 – Stage 5: Santa Barbara to Avila Beach

It is a special feeling seeing world class cyclists racing down roads that your very own wheels have traveled more times than you can remember. Watching the likes of Jens Voigt, Peter Sagan, and Thor Hushovd sweating pure adrenaline, legs pumping down South Higuera towards a finish in Avila Beach was, in a word, surreal. Since we only get to make it out to France every other year (ha) for that little bike race, the Amgen Tour of California’s ability to bring these titans through our very own backyard means a great deal. They pushed towards the Stage 5 finish along a route that the Art’s Cyclery crew has the privilege to call our lunch hour ride. We ride it often, but never quite like Jens Voigt did today.

Jens Voigt stays at the front of the elite breakaway. Biding his time before making his final attack further down the road.

Check out some fantastic shots of the Tour of California below. The best part? They were all taken within walking distance of the Art’s Cyclery global headquarters in beautiful San Luis Obispo, Ca.