2013 AMGEN TOUR OF CALIFORNIA ROUTE ANNOUNCED

2013 AMGEN TOUR OF CALIFORNIA ROUTE ANNOUNCED

Photo by Doug Pensinger/Amgen Tour of California For the First Time, America’s Greatest Cycling Race Will Travel South to North, Beginning in Escondido and Crossing Beaches, Deserts, Mountains, Golden Gate Bridge LOS ANGELES (February 12, 2013) – Changing direction for the first time in its eight-year history from south to north, America’s largest and most prestigious professional cycling stage race, the 2013 Amgen Tour of California, will bring riders and spectators first-time destinations, unprecedented climbs and demanding sprints on the approximately 750-mile course. Amgen returns as the title sponsor for the heralded 8-stage race, set for May 12 to 19, 2013. Beginning with a circuit in Escondido, the route will run through 13 official host cities and include a first-time finish at the top of Mount Diablo, the 3,864-foot peak in the San Francisco Bay area. The race’s last stage will begin along the San Francisco Bay and continue across...
Amgen Tour of California ‘RIDE THE ROUTE’

Amgen Tour of California ‘RIDE THE ROUTE’

FOR THE FIRST TIME, LOCAL CYCLISTS CAN ‘RIDE THE ROUTE’ JUST BEFORE THE WORLD’S BEST COMPETE IN THE 2012 Amgen Tour of California ‘Nissan Ride before the pros’ INVITES CYCLING FANS and FRIENDS TO ride the route just prior to the world’s best professionals competing in america’s most important cycling race LOS ANGELES (April 26, 2012) – For the first time in the race’s history, cycling fans and enthusiasts will have the opportunity to participate in the Amgen Tour of California by riding on the actual race course just prior to the eighth and final stage of the 750-mile, Tour de France-style competition. The ‘Nissan Ride Before the Pros,’ taking place in downtown Los Angeles on Sunday May 20, 2012 from 8-9:30 a.m., will allow cyclists of all levels to ride on a 5-mile, closed-circuit course that will be part of the 2012 Amgen Tour of California’s eighth and final...
Beverly Hills Announced as Official Start City for Stage 8 of the Race

Beverly Hills Announced as Official Start City for Stage 8 of the Race

2012 Route to Feature New Mountain Climbs, a Challenging Time Trial Course and a Return to the Pacific Coastline LOS ANGELES (February 8, 2012) – After intense planning and careful consideration, details for the 2012 Amgen Tour of California professional road cycling race have been announced. The 2012 edition of America’s premier cycling race will feature new cities, new challenges for the world-class group of teams and riders, and breathtaking California scenery while returning to some of the fans’ and riders’ favorite California landmarks, including Big Bear Lake and Mt. Baldy. The seventh-annual event will travel more than 750 miles over eight days from May 13 – 20, 2012. Beginning in three-time race champion Levi Leipheimer’s hometown of Santa Rosa, the 2012 race will wind its way south through redwood-lined country roads and spectacular coastline drives before ending in the City of Angels, Los Angeles. Also, for the first time...
Amgen Tour of California: A High and Mighty Course

Amgen Tour of California: A High and Mighty Course

Will Armstrong be missed? America’s top stage race enters post-Lance years as big as ever By Pete Gauvin  •  Photos by Doug Pensinger This year’s Amgen Tour of California may be the most intriguing course in the event’s six-year history. It begins in Tahoe, completes a full loop and a half of the lake, spilling across a state line for the first time into Nevada, like the Tour de France often does into the Swiss Alps or the Spanish Pyrenees. Indeed, like a brash, upstart American racer, the Tour of California has grown into the international showcase for California and pro cycling that race promoters always thought it could be. It’s now established itself on the cycling calendar in May near the head of the peloton of elite races even amid the Euro classics. In fact, the eight-day race is the only American race listed on the international professional cycling...
2009 Tour of California

2009 Tour of California

World’s Best Cyclists Tackle Brutal 750-mile Route By Karen Kefauver • Photo by Doug Pensinger With California’s grim budget projections, state residents need something to cheer about. Fortunately, fans of cycling as well as casual observers can rally around this winter’s 2009 Amgen Tour of California, the largest professional bike race in the United States, which runs February 14-22. The 750-mile-plus ride will attract some of the world’s best cyclists – including Lance Armstrong of Texas, the seven-time winner of the Tour de France, and two-time defending Tour of California (TOC) champion Levi Leipheimer, a Santa Rosa resident. Competing in teams, 128 road racers will test their strength and endurance during the grueling, nine-day event, known as a “stage race” in cycling parlance. From the state capital in Sacramento to Escondido in San Diego County, the all-male peloton will cover almost the entire length of California — racing day after...
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