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Lucas Euser's Tour of California diary

As he enters his third year of competition as a professional, 23-year-old Team Slipstream Sports powered by Chipotle rider Lucas Euser will keep Cyclingnews updated with his and the outfits progress each day at the Tour of California. It's the youngster's second Tour of California, after he contested the Tour last year where he finished 49th.

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February 28, 2007

California cuisine

There are so many great things about racing in California, I could list them all, but it's nothing that you can't see on TV. However, there is one part of California that you cannot experience unless you are there. That one part, probably one of the greatest things California has to offer, is In N'Out.

Nothing makes a hard day on the bike melt away like a Double Double, some french fries, and a delicious milk shake. As Jason Donald and myself were partaking in our nightly massage table ritual of jerky and nutella, we realized that there was no way we were going to eat the buffet dinner tonight and that In N'Out was the only logical explanation to fixing our hunger problem. Thanks to our all around badass extraordinaire Allen Lim and his trusty sidekick GPS, (we found that) the closest In N'Out was only a few clicks away. In matter of 6.2 km, and a few voice controlled turns later, we were enjoying some of California's finest delicacies.

I have to say this has been a great race for us. Regardless of what some people might say in front of a camera, the point is we came here to make people talk about us and that is just what they are doing. The only way that can be celebrated is with the refreshing flavor of an In N'Out meal.

Ahhhh, In N'Out, I love you… 'til next time.

Today (Stage 6 of the Tour of California) was an epic day on the bike, and I am really proud of my teammate Danny Pate for giving it his all. I almost love that guy as much as In N'Out...almost. It didn't pan out as we had hoped, but once again we tried. Respect is due to the Discovery team as well. They rode their asses off today, most notably Hincapie who did the whole thing injured after wrecking early on (Hincapie later discovered that he broke his wrist in the crash. - ed.).

Today was a real bike race. Today was a day every cyclist looks forward to--lots of pain, action, and suspense. I'm just thankful it was in California where I was able to cap it off with the fine cuisine of In N'Out. One more (stage 7) to go…

Lucas Euser

(Euser finished 63rd in the final GC and 9th in the Young Rider classification. For complete Tour of California coverage, click here.- ed.)