Apr 28, 2015
Category: Host Cities  Stage 4 

Each and every host city during the Amgen Tour of California does a terrific job making the peloton and fans feel welcome during the approximately 700-mile sojourn from Northern to Southern California. As one of thirteen cities selected to host a stage start or finish during America’s Greatest Race, they usually find a unique way to distinguish themselves in the whirlwind the riders experience while passing through countless cities, towns and villages during the race. The charming beach and wine town of Pismo Beach captured our hearts last year when their adorable children gathered to send the riders off ahead of the day’s arduous stage adorned with a special keepsake.

Apr 13, 2015
Category: Races  The Classics 

Sprinters hate finishing second. Last May, John Degenkolb had to settle for being the runner-up in the two sprint stages that bookended the 2014 Amgen Tour of California. But since then, Degenkolb has morphed into one of the world’s best sprinters and classics riders having won the points jersey at last year’s Vuelta a Espana and two of this spring’s cycling monuments, Milan-San Remo and Paris-Roubaix.

Apr 8, 2015
Category: General  L'Etape du California  Breakaway from Cancer  Breakaway Mile 

America’s Greatest Race is turning ten and there is a variety of ways for YOU to get involved. Let’s take a look at a sampling of the opportunities for you to participate in next month’s Amgen Tour of California.

Apr 2, 2015
Category: Host Cities  Stage 3 

I recently spent a fun-filled weekend in San Jose, the only city to host a stage in each edition of the Amgen Tour of California. The purpose of the trip was to attend something other than a bike race: a hockey game played outdoors in nearby Santa Clara in the new stadium built for the San Francisco 49ers. The game was between San Jose’s Sharks and the Los Angeles Kings. From the moment I got off the airplane, I was immediately taken by what a voracious sports town San Jose is. It makes perfect sense that the largest city in Northern California and the tenth largest city in the U.S. would be such a fabulous host for America’s Greatest Race. Kudos to the San Jose Sports Authority for hosting both the start and finish of Stage 3 during the upcoming tenth anniversary Amgen Tour of California.

Mar 20, 2015
Category: L'Etape du California  Stage 6 

One of the unique elements of cycling as a sport is being able to measure your time on climbs against the world’s best pros. On May 16, you have the chance to do just that at L’Etape California by climbing the menacing Mt. Baldy ahead of the Stage 6 mountaintop finish at the 10th anniversary Amgen Tour of California. Cyclists will “enjoy” (as much as one can enjoy suffering up a massive climb) a true pro experience while riding with cycling legend Jens Voigt when participating in the ride fully supported by SRAM. Whether opting to pedal the short or long route, you have the exclusive opportunity to ride over the official finish line that the peloton will cross during the Queen Stage of America’s Greatest Race. You will also score a cool “Shut Up Baldy” t-shirt, gain entry into the post-ride barbecue and reserved viewing area, and have the moment captured for posterity with a photo snapped by a professional photographer in addition to receiving other event perks.

Mar 9, 2015
Category: Sweepstakes Series 

“I love watching what he can do on a bike. He is an amazing racer and talented in doing tricks on the bike,” said Amgen Tour of California 10th Anniversary Sweepstakes Series #5 winner Gordon Miller about Peter Sagan. Miller plans to frame and hang the 2014 Visit California Sprint Jersey autographed by the rider who holds the record for most stage wins at the Amgen Tour of California because “I think he is an up and coming star in the cycling world.” Well, Gordon, the Slovak is already a superstar making his prized jersey worthy of wall space in your home.

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