2008 Tour of California
Stage 6: Santa Barbara to Santa Clarita
Photos from Balcom Canyon

By Greg Mill and Livia Peraza

Rock Racing boys chased by Grim Reaper
The Grim Reaper was pleased to see Oscar Sevilla Rivera, Tyler Hamilton, and Santiago Botero
from Rock Racing riding the course ahead of the peloton!!

These photos were taken on February 23, 2008 on the steep Balcom Canyon climb on Stage 6 of the 2008 Amgen Tour of California

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The Balcom Canyon climb is brutally steep with 18-24% pitches.
It's a true work of art as shown by the Elevation Profile and Gradient chart HERE.
Climbing 434 feet in .65 miles for an Average of 13.2%, this climb is one of many beauties showcased on the Mulholland Double Century
at mile 120 where it's a real killer that certainly takes your breath away!!
The Mulholland Double has over 16,400 Feet of Climbing in 200 Miles!!

I need a drink
It's easy for Grim Reapers to get dehydrated

The Break comes around the corner
The 6 man break works their way up the steep pitches of Balcom Canyon Road

The Break tackles the steep part
Christophe Le Mevel from Credit Agricole leads the group up the steep piece of road!!

Look how steep this road is!!
Alexandre Pichot from Bouygues Telecom in the Blue and White Jersey works to stay in contact with Christophe Le Mevel in front

Grim Reaper looking for victims
The Grim Reaper looks for leftover victims

Total mayhem
Total mayhem follows the 6 man break up the steep Balcom Canyon Road

Peloton looks up the road
Bernard Kohl from Gerolsteiner follows the Quick Step boys up the climb

Quick Step rider checks out the Grim Reaper
The Quick Step rider checks out how ugly the Grim Reaper is on his right

Grim Reaper running with the peloton
The Grim Reaper running hard to stay up with the peloton
Close examination of Scott Zwizanski #143 from Bissell shows he's probably in a 27 tooth cog on this climb

Mario Cipollini loves the Grim Reaper
Mario Cipollini gets a big laugh out the Grim Reaper.
It was so great to see Mario come out of retirement at age 41 and ride the Tour of California so well!!
Canadian Dominique Rollin #131 from Toyota United rides next to Super Mario.
Dominique won the brutally long and hard Stage 4 into San Luis Obispo two days before.
Mark Cavendish #032 from High Road works the steep road on the far side.

Broom Wagon looking for customers
The Bissell Broom Wagon sweeps the end of the course

Long live the Amgen Tour of California showing how great cycling is in California!!