02.22.08 | Stage 5
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Local Amtrak Station
1630 Mission Drive, Solvang Park
Named by Sunset magazine as one of the "Ten Most Beautiful Small Towns in the Western US," Solvang was proud host of the Amgen Tour of California Stage 5 Individual Time Trial in 2007 and will host it again on February 22, 2008. (For complete information on all 2008 events, the first-ever amateur “Race of Truth,” viewing packages and attractions, visit www.tourofcalifornia-solvang.com.)
SPECIAL EVENTS IN SOLVANG FOR 2008 ATOC
Friday, February 22, 2008—
11:15am—First-time ever “Race of Truth” for 20 qualified amateur cyclists to ride the Stage 5 Solvang Individual Time Trial closed course one hour prior to the pros. $1,500 Donation includes race participation, a VIP Starting Gate Tent pass, VIP Hospitality Tent pass, official ATOC hat & pin. www.tourofcalifornia-solvang.com/raceoftruth.php.
6:00 pm—Gala Dinner/Dance Fun-draiser for the Solvang Local Organizing Committee. Royal Scandinavian Inn, 400 Alisal Road, Solvang.
$100 per person includes Special Guest ATOC Announcer Bob Roll AND Dave Shields, author of TOUR DE LIFE; wine tasting, gourmet dinner, live entertainment, dancing, silent auction and raffle to win ATOC Limited Edition Felt F75 Bicycle.
ALL DAY—Race Day Spectator and Hotel Package offers prime viewing and VIP perks. www.tourofcalifornia-solvang.com/viewingpackages.php.
Solvang and the surrounding Santa Ynez Valley host several Pro Tour cycling team training camps as well as some of the largest amateur cycling events in the USA such as the Solvang Century (5,000+ riders in March) and the Solvang Prelude (3,000+ in November). Solvang is located 132 miles north of Los Angeles and 297 miles south of San Francisco. Set in scenic Santa Barbara County on the Central Coast of California, Solvang attracts over a million visitors annually with its thriving Danish community, unique shopping, distinctive architecture, award-winning bakeries and regional wines. With the majestic Santa Ynez Mountains as a backdrop and near perfect climate, this Northern European-style enclave has retained its charm for almost 100 years.
Here's what the pros say about the area:
Lance Armstrong, 7-time Tour de France winner: "Solvang is a fantastic place and we have been blessed with the weather. I like the people here, the way they act."
JoE Silva; journalist/broadcaster (2007 Amgen Tour of California webcast announcer): "You can't imagine the Tour de France without Alpe d'Huez, so you may not be able to imagine the Tour of California without a stage in Solvang, which is the cycling capital of this state."
"Velkommen! A hearty welcome back to Solvang on behalf of the city council, city manager and staff. I would like to express our great delight that ATOC has chosen our fine city once again for a time trial stage. We hope you will enjoy the European-style charm of Solvang as well as the challenging and scenic cycling environment that we offer in the Danish Capital of America."
- Mayor Linda Jackson
Solvang is the Danish-American homeland envisioned by its founding fathers in 1911. With distinctive architecture of weathered copper roofs, traditional windmills and a bevy of eateries serving American and Scandinavian specialties, Solvang boasts 2.2 square miles of unique retail shops, museums, lodging and attractions. Highlights include the Mission Santa Inés, established in 1804, now a national historic landmark and open for self-guided tours. The Elverhoj Museum of History and Art showcases period rooms and an Art Gallery featuring regional and traditional Danish folk arts. Beloved storyteller Hans Christian Andersen is celebrated with a museum exhibiting hundreds of first editions, a park is named in his honor, plus there a replica of the famous "Little Mermaid" statue. Solvang is also home to the acclaimed Pacific Conservatory of the Performing Arts performing in an alfresco theatre during summer months. Nestled in the heart of Santa Barbara County's Santa Ynez Valley wine country, Solvang also features more than a dozen wine tasting rooms–the award-winning film "Sideways" was filmed here and featured local wines. Anytime is the perfect time to visit Solvang!
A Letter from the City: To Potential Solvang Sponsors
Levels of Sponsorship: Starting at $500
Benefits of Sponsorship: "King of the Hill"
Viewing Packages: Starting at $100
City Website: http://www.solvangusa.com
Area Info: http://www.santaynezvalleyvisit.com