Jun 2, 2015
Category: Host Cities  Women's Races  Sweepstakes Series 

Last month’s inaugural Amgen Tour of California Women’s Stage Race was a thrilling showcase for an international field comprised of world and national champions and Olympians. With the yellow jersey changing hands after all three days and the overall winner determined during the final stage through the aid of time bonuses, it was an edge-of-your-seat showdown set in South Lake Tahoe (first two stages) and Sacramento (Stage 3). Amongst the enthusiastic crowds lining the challenging courses was Melanie McMullen, contest winner of a VIP trip to attend the women’s race. Having attended the men’s race virtually every year, McMullen, a 54-year-old tech media communications business owner pictured left with spouse Hanna Hurley in the photo, was eager to support the women’s pro peloton and enjoyed the VIP experience.

May 19, 2015
Category: Host Cities  Stage 5  Stage 6  Stage 7  Stage 8 

What an extraordinary week it was, the tenth edition of the Amgen Tour of California. Like the inaugural Amgen Tour of California Women’s Race empowered by SRAM won by pint-sized Trixi Worrack (Velocio-SRAM), the yellow jersey changed hands on the final day with the aid of time bonuses in a thrilling, edge-of-your-seat sprint showdown that crowned Peter Sagan (Tinkoff-Saxo) the new King of California by a scant three-second margin over 22-year-old French phenom Julian Alaphilippe (Ettix-Quick-Step).

May 15, 2015
Category: Host Cities  Stage 6 

Planning for each Amgen Tour of California stage starts almost a full year in advance, sometimes even longer. It’s mindboggling when you consider the avalanche of logistics and bureaucratic red tape involved with permitting, city planning requirements, local organizing committee considerations, sponsorship arrangements, police and security; staffing and housing issues; UCI approval to protect the athletes and so much more that is involved with ensuring a safe event for the riders, staff and spectators alike. Everything is planned, itemized and scheduled down to the minutest detail. However, the one variable that cannot be planned or controlled is the weather. What’s a race organizer to do when Mother Nature forces them to slam on the brakes and pedal fast in an entirely different direction? Act decisively in order to preserve the safety and security of everyone involved and that is exactly what the Amgen Tour of California organizers – AEG Sports and Medalist Sports - did this week when faced with that exact scenario, which ultimately resulted in the relocation of Friday’s Stage 6 men’s and women’s individual time trial from Big Bear Lake to Santa Clarita at Six Flags Magic Mountain.

May 11, 2015
Category: Host Cities  Stage 1 

It was quite an opening – and closing – day Sunday in Sacramento on a magnificent Mother’s Day at the Amgen Tour of California. The men’s ten anniversary race got started under cloudless blue skies and abundant sunshine as the first women’s stage race empowered with SRAM came to a thrilling conclusion. The crowd Sunday was thick and arrived early to enjoy a full day of bike racing. What a treat they received from the star-studded pelotons.

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 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.

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