Be At The Finish Line: PasadenaPasadena is a great location for this final leg of the AMGEN Tour of California because this is a bicycle-friendly community, the host city to many world-class events and a popular destination for visitors to Southern California,” said Pasadena Mayor Bill Bogaard. “We look forward to extending a warm welcome and an energetic environment to tour participants.
The 2008 AMGEN Tour of California will bring the sizzling drama and excitement of a world class bicycle stage race to the California coast with the electrifying finish set for the city known around the world as the home of the Tournament of Roses and many other spectacular events: Pasadena
As the city erupts with excitement for the race finish, cyclists and the thousands of spectators on hand will enjoy the intoxicating charm of Pasadena with its pedestrian-friendly streets, four European-style shopping/entertainment areas, world-renowned museums, 2,500 hotel rooms, 500 restaurants, golf, theaters, and gardens.
AMGEN Bicycle Race Stage 7: Santa Clarita - Pasadena
Sunday, February 24, 2008
By configuring the final stage of the 2008 AMGEN Tour of California as a difficult point-to-point road race, there is a chance to see an overall lead change, as well as a change in the KOM jersey leader on the last day. The first 25 miles of Stage 7, sponsored by Amgen, will begin at 11:00 a.m. and includes a gradual climb from Santa Clarita to the intersection of Angeles Forest Road. The route continues uphill to the highest elevation ever reached by the AMGEN Tour of California on the towering Millcreek Summit (4,906 feet). Descending with an eight-mile run to Angeles Crest Highway, the route begins a fast plunge to the Rose Bowl in Pasadena. After more than 60 miles from Santa Clarita to Pasadena, with the mountains and the Rose Bowl serving as the backdrop, the peloton will complete the stage and the race, with six five-mile laps on a very demanding circuit around the Rose Bowl at about 2:30 p.m. Organizers expect a hard sprint to the finish; as with all the Grand Tours of Europe, winning the final stage of the 2008 AMGEN Tour of California is a prize coveted by the riders.
Health Net Lifestyle Festival
When you’re at the finish line, make sure to stop by the Amgen Tour of California Health Net Lifestyle Festival. Running from 12:30 PM to 5:30 PM on February 24, right near the finish line at the Rose Bowl Stadium, The Health Net Lifestyle Festival will feature:
- A health & fitness expo
- Cancer awareness education
- Cycling vendors selling gear
- Family activities
- Bike safety information
- Food, entertainment
- Informational and vendor booths
Fitness Challenge Foundation Kids Zone
There will be plenty for everyone in your family, especially the little ones, at the Fitness Challenge Foundation Kids Zone! Here, children are encouraged to maintain an active lifestyle and have fun at the same time! The Fitness Challenge Foundation Kids Zone offers a thrilling and interactive experience featuring:
- Bike Rodeo – Kids can learn all about bike safety and there will be a free giveaway of kid’s bicycle helmets given by the Pasadena Department of Transportation.
- Chivas Clinic – The professional soccer team will host a goal kicking clinic and will giveaway prizes.
- LA Avengers – LA’s arena football team will have a football toss and their A-Team Dancers will be there to giveaway prizes.
- LA84 Foundation CONNIE CYCLING Program – A cycling challenge where players can race friends in a virtual reality-type course.
- BMX EXTREME Stunt Show - Bobby Brown, the Grandfather of BMX, will performing BMX stunts seen at the X-Games!
Accommodations The Pasadena Convention & Visitors Bureau have arranged visitor hotel packages found at www.PasadenaCal.com.
Other hotels include:
Sheraton Pasadena Hotel
The Westin Pasadena
The Langham, Huntington Hotel & Spa, Pasadena
The Hilton Pasadena Hotel
Courtyard by Marriott Old Pasadena Hotel
Special Events/Things To Do Pasadena
Pasadena Dance Festival – This all day event offers a distinct array of dance classes and workshops for all ages and talent levels, as well as a showcase of professional companies in the evening. February 23 from 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM.
Grand Opening: The Huntington’s Chinese Garden – The grand opening of The Huntington’s Chinese Garden Liu Fang Yuan (Garden of Flowing Fragrance) begins at 10:30am on February 23. For more information, call: 626-405-2100.
The Gamble House- One of the best preserved examples of Craftsman-style architecture in Pasadena will celebrate its 100th anniversary this year with a series of special events. See website for more details.
Six Flags Magic Mountain & Hurricane Harbor- Enjoy exciting thrill rides, water rides, attractions and shows that provide fun for kids and adults alike. Visitors can meet their favorite Looney Tunes characters - Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, and Yosemite Sam. See website for more details and ticket prices.
Vasquez Rocks Natural Area Park- A 750-acre reserve that once served as a hideout for outlaw Tiburcio Vasquez is now used for rock climbing, horseback riding or hiking along the many trails in its rocky terrain. For more information, call (661) 268-0840.
Parking opens at 11 am and spectators are encouranged and advsed to be parked by 1:30 pm in order to avoid road closures and line the course to cheer on cyclists. However, Old Pasadena and the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro) are teaming up to make it easy to enjoy the pulse-pounding excitement of the AMGEN Tour, all without the hassle of a car. Visitors coming from Los Angeles can catch the Metro Gold Line from Union Station in Downtown and get off at Memorial Park Station in Pasadena, where a complimentary shuttle, operating every 25 minutes, will transport fans to the Rose Bowl and the Tour Finish Line. Additionally, Metro will host the Bicycle Valet Parking with help from LACMTA and the Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition from 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Participants will receive maps, bicycle tire patch kits and blinkers.
Metro Bus and Rail Service
Fitness Challenge Foundation
Susan G. Komen for the Cure
Pasadena Convention & Visitors Bureau
Tel: (626) 795-9311 or (800) 307-7977
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