Already a beloved presence among the riders in the Amgen Tour of California for having brought new found taste and nutrition to their daily regiment after taking control of the hotel menus last year, Skratch Labs took their goal of improving the life of the racers one step farther this year with the first-ever use of a neutral feed car. Following months of planning and many meetings, for the first time both a support car and motorcycle would be allowed in the caravan with the sole purpose of providing food, drink and the always desired ice socks to riders who normally would go without due to the UCI’s strict on-course regulations.
On the penultimate stage 7 of the Tour, we got to shadow the Skratch Labs crew from sunrise in Valencia to the late afternoon stage end in Pasadena. The day started with their rice cake production and breakfast at the teams’ hotel and ended in the front seat of a Skratch branded Subaru Outback holding on for dear life as we raced down the Angeles Crest Highway trying to keep up with the fast descending riders.
“I want control, precision and beauty!“
Allen Lim’s shouted instructions to the rice cake wrapping production line.
MEANWHILE, OVER AT THE HYATT…
“These guys love burritos!”
Biju Thomas on what the WorldTour riders seemed to enjoy the most.
INSIDE THE NEUTRAL SUPPORT CAR
“Well, I guess this video won’t make the Skratch web site!”
Timmy Duggan as he filmed the rip-roarin’ descent down the Angeles Crest Highway on the “wrong” side of the (closed) road.
For more info: Skratch Labs.