Hard to believe I used to ride (and almost keep up) with Matthew Busche (Radio Shack-Leopard Trek) and James “Jimmy” Stemper (5-Hour Energy) on the Velo Trocadero Tuesday night training rides. As Stage 4 is set to begin in the Amgen Tour of California, Stemper is in second place in the King of the Mountains competition and won the Most Courageous Rider jersey for his work in an all-day breakaway on a 110 degree Stage one earlier in the week! Busche is in 8th place overall, just down a minute and 15 seconds on the leader! I like watching bike racing, but it is a lot more fun when you know a couple of the riders, and they are local lads. Here is a Twitter exchange between the two:
@MatthewBusche 12 May
Scorcher in Cali today. Hoping the A/C comes on tomorrow! And hats off to fellow Wisconsinite
@jimstemper for a great ride today.James Stemper @jimstemper
I was just trying to get first Wauwatosa rider, tough when your competition is
@MatthewBusche! See you tomorrow.
Remember, these guys are competing with the best riders in the world and doing Wisconsin proud. This page has details on how you can follow how they do in the rest of the Tour on television, your computer or even your mobile phone. If you want a more personal insight, follow either rider on Twitter or Facebook. Even after a tough day in the saddle, Busche usually manages to find time to share the day’s experience on his “On the Road Again” blog. Or you can badger his dad Craig and his brother Aaron with non-stop questions on the Velo Trocadero squad’s Tuesday night rides out of the Cafe Hollander in Wauwatosa Village.
Maybe they will even be back to race in their home town at the East Tosa Grand Prix, a new crit in the Tour of America’s Dairyland.
Go Jimmy! Go Matt! Go Wisconsin! Go ‘Tosa!
Here is an interview with Busche after a good finish state two, which featured a hard climb on another hot day in California.
More evidence that Wisconsin is in the house at the Tour of California. Jim Sotherland is out in California cheering for Wisconsin riders and sporting gear from his brother John Sotherland, who has been building beautiful classic steel lugged bicycles for a couple decades out in Whitewater. Check out his work here at his website, Sotherland Custom Bicycles.