We had a full-blown chef following us for the Tour of California and all of the staff and management and sponsors were there. It was just balls to the wall. Long, long days with everyone working as hard as they could. But that stresses everyone out, of course. All the pressures that arise at the professional level were evident.
But a month earlier we’re at Redlands staying at a host house on Sunset Loop with a guy that owns a chain of pizza restaurants in the area, and the riders would just hang out at the pool all day and try to help each other in the race. Like really try to help each other win, as if it was the biggest race of the year.