First ever Women's International Time Trial Challenge to take place in Solvang on May 20 during 2011 Amgen Tour of California
International Women's Cycling Event to Showcase World Champions and Olympic Medalists in a Race Against the ClockLOS ANGELES (April 14, 2011) - AEG has announced details of the inaugural Amgen Tour of California Women's International Time Trial Challenge presented by Specialized and SRAM, which will take place in Solvang during Stage 6 of the 2011 Amgen Tour of California on Friday, May 20. Using the same course as the Stage 6 men's individual time trial in Solvang, the women's event will be a 12-person invitation, showcasing some of the best women athletes in the world racing for a $10,000 prize pool.
The Amgen Tour of California Women's International Time Trial Challenge will start at 11:30 a.m. PST on Friday, May 20, with the women leaving at one-minute intervals immediately before the beginning of the professional men's time trial at 12:30 p.m. PST. The women will traverse the exact 15-mile course as the professional men.
"Beginning with the women's criterium race during the 2008 edition of the Amgen Tour of California, AEG has always been a supporter of women's cycling," said Andrew Messick, president of AEG Sports. "We are pleased to be able to celebrate the tremendous athleticism of these world-class competitors by providing an international stage on which to showcase their ability."
Offering a preview to the 2011 World Championships and the 2012 Olympic Games, the race will be featured on the May 20 VERSUS broadcast of the 2011 Amgen Tour of California. The best women's time trialists in the world have been invited and are expected to attend, including reigning Olympic gold medalist and former world champion Kristin Armstrong, defending world champion Emma Pooley, former world champion Amber Neben, former world champion Judith Arndt, and current US Champion Evelyn Stevens.
"I am honored to be one of a handful of cyclists invited to this world class event," said former world champion Kristin Armstrong. "This is a great opportunity to showcase women's cycling in America's premier race. I can't think of a better opportunity to bring exposure and recognition to women's cycling in front of a worldwide audience."
The Amgen Tour of California Women's International Time Trial Challenge is presented by Specialized and SRAM, who both have a long history of supporting women's cycling.
"Specialized is a long-time supporter of women's cycling and women's racing and we are continuing that support with our partnerships with HTC Highroad and Team TIBCO. The opportunity to help the Amgen Tour of California showcase world class female athletes and increase the coverage of women's racing is something we are proud to be involved with," said Rachael Lambert, Specialized Women's Product and Marketing Manager.
"When the idea of the 'Challenge' came up, we couldn't help but pledge our support. SRAM proudly joins AEG and Specialized in hosting the best female cyclists competing in the purest of all bike racing formats, the race against the clock. And certainly it will be a perfect showcase for our componentry and technologies," said Alex Wassmann, SRAM US Road Sponsorship Manager.
"We hope to be able to build this event into a vibrant part of the Amgen Tour of California," continued Messick. "We are extremely thankful to our sponsors Specialized and SRAM for continuing to help support women's cycling and for providing leadership to make this race happen."
About the Amgen Tour of CaliforniaThe largest cycling event in America, the 2011 Amgen Tour of California is a Tour de France-style cycling road race presented by AEG that challenges the world's top professional cycling teams to compete along a demanding course from May 15-22, 2011.
About AEGAEG is one of the leading sports and entertainment presenters in the world. AEG, a wholly owned subsidiary of The Anschutz Company, owns or controls a collection of companies including facilities such as STAPLES Center, The Home Depot Center, Sprint Center, The O2, Nokia Theatre L.A. LIVE and Best Buy Theater Times Square; sports franchises including the Los Angeles Kings (NHL), two Major League Soccer franchises, two hockey franchises operated in Europe, management of privately held shares of the Los Angeles Lakers, the ING Bay to Breakers foot race, and the Amgen Tour of California cycling road race; AEG Live, the organization's live-entertainment division, is a collection of companies dedicated to all aspects of live contemporary music performance, touring, and a variety of programming and multi-media production. For more information, visit AEG today at www.aegworldwide.com.
About SpecializedSpecialized Bicycles was founded in 1974 by riders for riders. Headquartered in Morgan Hill, California, with global distribution, the company focuses on making everyone's time on a bike better by delivering functional and technically advanced equipment that provides a performance benefit.
About SRAMSRAM® is a global manufacturer of high-end bicycle components founded in Chicago, IL, in 1987 with the invention of Grip Shift® - a revolutionary shifter that enabled shifting gears with the twist of the wrist. SRAM has focused on building its organic product development capability, but also has completed strategic acquisitions focused on amplifying this capability. Today, SRAM is the 2nd largest manufacturer of bicycle components in the world. With 2800 employees, and offices and manufacturing in 15 countries, SRAM is a world-class leader in performance bike parts. SRAM's Best-in-class RED road componentry has been guided by athletes to wins at every major road race on the planet, and is the equipment of choice for eight top UCI ProTeams in 2011. Precise shifting, perfect ergonomics, and incredibly light weight, aligned with SRAM's innovative technologies, including DoubleTap and Exact Actuation, provide the world's best riders the world's fastest gruppo.
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