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With each season of riding as the Rapha Continental, the brand has continually learned from the people they’ve met. Whether it be appreciating the art of taxidermy on the backroads of West Virginia and Tennessee, discovering nicknames for tourists in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, or getting lost in their own backyards in California, there is always something new to learn about riding with your friends in new areas. Their guest rider for this trip is one Mr. Tim Johnson. When they first heard that he had a gap in his summer racing schedule, Rapha asked Tim if he would join them to ride a few stages of the 2011 version of the Amgen Tour of California. They knew he had done this race before – as a professional – he had ridden in the midst of the best pro peloton this country has seen, on some of these exact roads. The point is that there is a difference between your everyday cyclists and someone who has made it their job to be a professional cyclist. Enjoy!