While being surrounded by loving family and friends during the holiday season should be at the very top of anyone’s wish list, gift giving is also synonymous with “the most wonderful time of the year.” And if your loved one happens to be a cyclist or a fan of the Amgen Tour of California, The Insider has six ideas to help make your gift the most memorable.
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.
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.
Getting up at o’dark-thirty on a Sunday no less is never fun yet more than 500 cyclists did just that this morning to test their strength and endurance on the Amgen Tour of California Stage 8 route, a 20+-mile circuit starting and finishing in Thousand Oaks. Several men and women pros took the start with us on a brisk yet brilliant morning as we pedaled four laps on the exact course that will again be the scene of the exciting finish of the America’s Greatest Race six weeks from today.
Hundreds of SoCal cyclists will get a feel of what the Amgen Tour of California riders will experience on Stage 8 at Sunday morning’s L’Etape du California in Thousand Oaks. Cyclists will ride the 20-mile loop that the pro peloton will complete four times on the final day of this year’s race. It is the same circuit that was used on the last stage of the 2010 ATOC, which saw Canadian Ryder Hesjedal ride to victory after climbing 8,800 feet on the challenging route that was lined with a massive, enthusiastic throng staked out on the famed Rock Store climb on Mulholland Drive that made it look like it was a Tour de France mountain stage.