Published on Nov 19, 2015
Cycling fan who can't wait for spring? From new gear to once-in-a-lifetime experiences, there is a cornucopia of Amgen Tour of California options for any cycling lover's holiday wish list.

LOS ANGELES, Calif. (Nov. 19, 2015) – The 2016 Amgen Tour of California, presented by AEG, will bring World Champions, Olympic Medalists, top Tour de France competitors and other elite professional cyclists to the highways, byways and ocean vistas of California for an 8-day, nearly 800-mile race May 15-22.

Cycling fan who can't wait for spring? From new gear to once-in-a-lifetime experiences, there is a cornucopia of Amgen Tour of California options for any cycling lover's holiday wish list. Some top picks:

This season at the Amgen Tour of California Online Store, holiday shoppers can look for special Black Friday promotions along with exclusive holiday gift bundles for men and women.

Save with the special Amgen Tour of California holiday bundle featuring the new 2016 Amgen Tour of California Limited Edition Jersey by Champion System in stylish charcoal and black, Gearbox Adjustable Cap and string bag with the popular California Bear on a Bike design. A $109.99 value for only $80 while supplies last. http://amgentourofcaliforniastore.com/collections/jerseys/products/amgen-tour-of-california-holiday-bundle

For more savings and gift ideas, shop the Amgen Tour of California Black Friday Sale starting Tuesday, Nov. 24 at www.amgentourofcaliforniastore.com.

These exclusive passes provide access into the main hospitality tent at each start and finish line. Cheer on the riders from premium locations with live race coverage, all-inclusive gourmet catering and lounge style seating amidst fellow race fans. http://amgentourofcalifornia.com/vipaccess/vip-hospitality-passes

For the avid cyclist on your list, CTS has partnered with AEG Sports to deliver the ultimate cycling experience for serious race fans. For the sixth year, Chris Carmichael and the CTS Coaches are “going pro” for the “2016 Amgen Tour of California Race Experience.” Team CTS will ride every stage of the Amgen Tour of California and share meals with the pro teams, stay in pro team hotels, benefit from pro-level support on the road, and enjoy exclusive VIP access along the course and at stage start/finish areas. In 2015, this exclusive experience sold out months in advance.

More information, photos and videos from previous Amgen Tour of California Race Experiences can be seen at: http://trainright.com/bucketlist/amgen-tour-of-california-race-experience/

The CTS Amgen Tour of California Race Experience puts amateur cyclists on the course for every stage of the 2016 Amgen Tour of California a few hours before the professional peloton departs. This is not a wine-and-cheese cycling tour; the Team CTS must work together as a cohesive unit and ride fast enough to stay ahead of the approaching professional peloton of the biggest race in the United States. You'll be chased by the pros and cheered by the fans, all the way to the finish line!

CTS is accepting applications from riders who believe they have the fitness to successfully complete this challenge. Interested athletes can go to http://trainright.com/bucket-list/apply/ to apply online for the CTS Amgen Tour of California Race Experience Team. There is no cost to apply; individuals must be at least 18 years old to participate, and applications are evaluated on a first-come, first-served basis.

About the Amgen Tour of California
The Amgen Tour of California is a Tour de France-style cycling road race created and presented by AEG that challenges the world's top professional cycling teams to compete along a demanding course that traverses hundreds of miles of California's iconic highways, byways and coastlines each spring. The teams chosen to participate have included Olympic medalists, Tour de France contenders and World Champions. Amgen Tour of California is listed on the international professional cycling calendar (2 HC, meaning "beyond category"), awarding important, world-ranking points to the top finishers. More information is available at amgentourofcalifornia.com.

This year, the men's course will traverse nearly 800 miles over eight days and wind through 12 host cities, including San Diego, South Pasadena, Santa Clarita, Thousand Oaks, Santa Barbara County, Morro Bay, Monterey County, Lodi, South Lake Tahoe, Folsom, Santa Rosa and Sacramento. The Amgen Tour of California Women's Race empowered with SRAM will run for the latter half of the men's race (May 19-22) as the U.S. debut event on the first-ever UCI Women's WorldTour (WWT).

About Amgen
Amgen is committed to unlocking the potential of biology for patients suffering from serious illnesses by discovering, developing, manufacturing and delivering innovative human therapeutics. This approach begins by using tools like advanced human genetics to unravel the complexities of disease and understand the fundamentals of human biology.

Amgen focuses on areas of high unmet medical need and leverages its biologics manufacturing expertise to strive for solutions that improve health outcomes and dramatically improve people's lives. A biotechnology pioneer since 1980, Amgen has grown to be one of the world's leading independent biotechnology companies, has reached millions of patients around the world and is developing a pipeline of medicines with breakaway potential.

About AEG
Founder and operators of the Amgen Tour of California, AEG 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, StubHub Center, Sprint Center, The O2, Mercedes-Benz Arena, Microsoft Theater, L.A. LIVE and PlayStation Theater; sports franchises including the LA Kings (NHL), two Major League Soccer franchises, two hockey franchises operated in Europe, management of privately held shares of the Los Angeles Lakers; 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.

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