CREATED May. 13, 2013
COACHELLA VALLEY - The biggest bike race in the U.S. passed through the Coachella Valley today. It was the second stage of the Amgen Tour of California. More than 100 cyclists from all over the nation and world made their way through the mountains on Highway 74 to Palm Desert in El Paseo, where a crowd of spectators awaited.
They continued the tour through Rancho Mirage, Cathedral City And Palm Springs. Trailing behind the riders was a caravan of California Highway Patrol officers, paramedics and chase vehicles. This caused a lot of road closures on major intersections, but they reopened after all the racers passed through. Some of the riders say the heat hit them hard during parts of the race, like the steep hill they had to climb toward the finish line.
"It was a bit tough because of the heat, but racing through California is fun," said Jesse Anthony, one of the Amgen riders from Massachusetts. "The crowds are amazing, we have people cheering for us the whole way up."