About The TourAs America's most successful cycling race, the Amgen Tour of California is one of the nation’s largest and most recognized annual sporting events. An eight-day event, this prestigious cycling road race features elite professional teams and athletes from around the world. One of only two American races listed as a UCI 2.HC event on the international professional cycling calendar, the Amgen Tour of California awards important, world-ranking points to the top finishers. The Amgen Tour of California brings the drama and excitement of professional cycling to California for the eighth consecutive year in 2013.
This year, 16 of the world’s top professional cycling teams will compete in the most challenging course that includes approximately 750 miles of scenic California highways and roadways. With a reputation for attracting prominent teams, the 2013 race includes UCI ProTeams such as BMC Racing Team [USA], Cannondale Pro Cycling [ITA], Omega Pharma – Quick-Step Cycling Team [BEL], ORICA GreenEDGE [AUS], RADIOSHACK LEOPARD TREK [LUX], Team Garmin-Sharp [USA], Team Saxo-Tinkoff [DK], Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team [NL] .The Pro Continental and Continental Teams are represented by Champion System Pro Cycling Team [CN], Team NetApp-Endura [DE], UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team [USA], 5-hour ENERGY presented by Kenda Racing Team [USA], BISSELL Pro Cycling [USA], Bontrager Cycling Team [USA], Optum Pro Cycling presented by Kelly Benefit Strategies [USA], Team Jamis – Hagens Berman [USA].
The 2013 Amgen Tour of California once again included a broadcast partnership with the Amaury Sports Organization (ASO), owner of the Tour de France. ASO brought its Tour de France television production team to California and shot the entire race in HD. Additionally, the Amgen Tour of California was broadcast live in HD on NBC and NBC Sports Network, the race was seen in more than 216 countries and territories worldwide through more than 28 hours of coverage.
The 2012 Amgen Tour of California drew more than 2 million spectators during the annual eight-day race, which featured a talented field of international and domestic professional cycling teams. The cyclists competed over a challenging, nearly 750-mile course from May 13-20, 2012.
The creator, owner and producer of the Amgen Tour of California is California-based sports and entertainment presenter AEG Sports. Management and cycling specialists Medalist Sports serves as the logistical arm of the race, with California-based Amgen serving as the event’s title sponsor. All three of these race partners have held these roles since the inception of the Amgen Tour of California in 2006.
AEG remains committed to presenting the Amgen Tour of California as a free sporting event that is a dedicated to promoting the great sport of road cycling, healthy living and bicycle safety. AEG is also committed to the local communities that host the race as a means of increasing tourism and economic development throughout the state of California, as well as educating Californians and enthusiasts worldwide about maintaining a healthy lifestyle.