February 19, 2015 - Amgen Tour of California Announces Iconic 700-Mile Route for Tenth Anniversary Edition
SAN JOSE, California –The tenth anniversary edition route is set for the 2015 Amgen Tour of California, America’s largest and most prestigious professional cycling race. The milestone course will feature several rider and fan-favorite locales from past races, as well as five stages that highlight different regions of California for the very first time.
An all-star field featuring 144 of the world’s most talented and decorated cyclists will come together in California May 10-17 to compete on the eight-day route covering 724.1 miles of the state’s most stunning and recognizable roadways, highways and coastline drives. Every year, the Amgen Tour of California serves as a testament to athletic greatness of the participants, captivating audiences with thrilling sprints, climbs and overall race strategy, and the tenth edition of the Amgen Tour of California will raise the bar to its highest level yet.
San Jose is the only city to host the Amgen Tour of California for each of the ten years since the race began in 2006. The San Jose Stage 3 Start and Finish will be produced by a veteran Local Organizing Committee, led by the San Jose Sports Authority, a non-profit organization that serves as the sports commission for the City of San Jose.
“San Jose is honored to be the only city to host the Amgen Tour of California for every one of its ten years,” said San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo. “Stage 3 features some of our city’s most challenging cycling, and we look forward to seeing the world’s top professional riders tackle the hills and roads that we are fortunate to ride year-round.”
With San Jose’s Berryessa Community Center serving as the center of operations, the race will start Stage 3 on Berryessa Road and continue north on Piedmont Road before turning onto Calaveras Road, turning southeast into Alameda and Santa Clara counties before re-entering San Jose for a finish near the summit of Metcalf Road and the Santa Clara County Motorcycle Park.
Open to the public, the Stage 3 Start will be host to the Team Parking area and autograph alley, where fans can meet their favorite cyclists, and the Amgen Tour of California’s Lifestyle Festival, with vendors, family activities and entertainment, will be staged at the Finish on Metcalf Road.
“We are truly proud to host the Amgen Tour of California for the tenth consecutive year,” said San Jose Sports Authority Executive Director Patricia Ernstrom. “To be a part of the tenth anniversary is very special for San Jose and a testament to our strong partnership with AEG and the Amgen Tour of California. San Jose has hosted stage starts, finishes and two time trials in locations throughout the City over the past nine years. In this milestone year, as we host Stage 3, – this presents an incredible opportunity to shine a spotlight on San Jose and its amazing cycling landscape for an entire day of world-class competition.”
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