100K Hotels

100K Hotels

 

By Elaine Keller

The 2017 Amgen Tour of California and the Amgen Breakaway from Heart DiseaseTM Women’s Race empowered with SRAM professional cycling races will be celebrating a unique milestone this year: their 100,000th hotel room booking in the state of California.

It’s not a typical sports headline; yet, the nature of professional cycling makes it one of the hardest-earned statistics to achieve, requiring upwards of 90 hotel properties parceled out over 14 California communities each year.

To commemorate this feat, the race will be honoring its hotel partners during its May competition week. Look for #100KHOTELS on social media and amgentourofcalifornia.com.

“The 100,000 room milestone further demonstrates the economic impact of our race on our California hotel partners,” remarked Kristin Klein, president of the Amgen Tour of California and executive vice president, AEG Sports. “Experiencing new hotels each year – while visiting familiar ones – is part of the excitement of the race. Our California host cities and hotel partners create the backdrop for our race, and we appreciate all their contributions.”

Race organizers challenge themselves annually to design courses with never-before contested route elements. In keeping with its namesake – Amgen Tour of California – competition routes must feature iconic destinations that scream “Golden State”. There are endless possibilities from a visual standpoint, but the course is only as good as its ability to also accommodate the staggering 1,500 staff, vendors and professional team members.

“Hotels are an integral part of professional cycling; it is one of the first criteria in determining if a course is feasible,” commented Eric Smith, course director for the Amgen Tour of California and the Amgen Breakaway from Heart DiseaseTM Women’s Race empowered with SRAM. “Hotels are both a functional and aesthetic part of cycling; they cap off and enhance each day of racing.”

The races have no brand favorites; hotels are chosen by virtue of their quality and ability to meet team and staff requirements. Properties fall into all categories of accommodations: major brand, sole proprietors, beach resorts, ski resorts, motels, retreats, full service, and straightforward.

The race entourages have stayed in over 400 different hotel properties; some having hosted the races just once; others participating nearly every year.

Here is a collection of memorable moments from Amgen Tour of California’s and Amgen Breakaway from Heart DiseaseTM Women’s Race empowered with SRAM veteran hotels.

 

Lake Tahoe Resort Hotel

South Lake Tahoe, California 

 Lake Tahoe Resort Hotel

Memorable Moments:

We continue to have the opportunity to host the women’s professional teams.  It is inspiring to see these incredible athletes feel at home in our hotel and get the rest and fuel they need to perform at such amazing levels.  The menu requests are memorable – rice is big hit at breakfast and soy sauce goes on everything!

The race inspired the community to invest in bike culture; South Lake Tahoe has added new bike trails, maps and signage. There is a positive impact when world-class athletes compete in our backyard.

Zabaglo

Tiffany Zabaglo
Director of Group Services and Catering

 

 

Ramada Santa Barbara

Santa Barbara, California 

 Ramada Santa Barbara

Memorable Moments:

By far, my most memorable moment was handing out the Visit California Sprint Jersey to Peter Sagan (shown right)

…the race has a major positive impact on our community and our hotel loves having race staff stay in Santa Barbara.

Zabaglo

Drew Wakefield
Director of Sales & Marketing

 

 

The Cliffs Resort

Pismo Beach, California
Entering 4th Year Hosting Race 

 The Cliffs Resort

Memorable Moments:

Seeing the look on our General Manager’s face when we told him the cyclist’s dinner meal requirements: a minimum of 5000 calories per rider.

San Luis Obispo County is an outdoor-lover’s paradise, so it stands to reason the Amgen Tour of California would be a popular spectator sport here. We thoroughly enjoy hosting the race and look forward to welcoming the cyclists and cheering them on!

McGregor

Lee McGregor
Director of Sales & Marketing

 

 

The Doubletree by Hilton Modesto

Modesto, California
Entering 6th Year Hosting Race 

 Modesto Doubletree

Memorable Moments:

The pro riders’ preference for triple -brewed coffee, available at all times. The antique bike display we created in our lobby, featuring bikes from the 1800’s-it was big hit with the riders.

One night we brought in an emergency dentist to help an announcer with a very painful toothache. Overall, we found the teams and traveling staff to be a very well oiled machine.  

We welcome you back to Modesto!

McGregor

Donna Scott
Sales Manager

 

 

Embassy Suites by Hilton Valencia

Valencia, California
Entering 6th Year Hosting Race 

 Embassy Suites

Photo Credit: Vincent Gee

Memorable Moments:

In 2014, the race was supposed to head to the mountains of Big Bear the day after staying here. But, there was a huge snowstorm that prevented them from leaving. We had to figure out how to ensure all of the necessary rooms as well as catering for another night for the teams, staff, etc. It was a very eventful week!

I am truly inspired every time the Amgen Tour of California comes through Santa Clarita and wish them all the best of luck this year!

Jennifer Himes

Jennifer Himes
Director of Sales

 

 

Ontario Airport Hotel & Conference

Ontario, California
Entering 2nd Year Hosting Race 

 Ontario Airport Hotel

Memorable Moments:

Having my hotel filled with professional cycling teams with their energy and competitive fever. Seeing first hand how the teams set up their camps in the parking lot: it’s like a mini city. We realized we were a big part in helping riders prepare to do their best in the race.

When I get an event of this size, it motivates the staff to do their best to ensure the guests feel at home. Then, when they see the race on television, it gives them a sense of accomplishment.

Go 2017!!!!!

Mike Magragee

Mike Megragee
Director of Sales