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February 20, 2014

AMGEN TOUR OF CALIFORNIA ROUTE ANNOUNCEMENT MADE FOR 2014 CYCLING RACE Sacramento Set to Host the Overall Race Start

SACRAMENTO, CA – The Amgen Tour of California released the official route for the 2014 race this morning in Calabasas, CA. Sacramento is scheduled to host the overall start of the race on Sunday, May 11th beginning promptly at 10:50 a.m.

“The route chosen is a perfect way to start the 2014 Amgen Tour of California and a great way to feature the entire Sacramento region,” said Mike Sophia, Director of the Sacramento Sports Commission. “It will be a challenging day for the riders, and we expect to have great crowds to witness an exciting three lap finish around the Capitol.”

The inaugural stage of the 2014 Amgen Tour of California – the longest of the race at 123 miles – will begin and finish at the steps of the State Capitol building. As the route heads north out of the city, it will hug the east bank of the Sacramento River. After a ride through Pleasant Grove and a sprint in Lincoln, the racers will blaze into Auburn to contest the second sprint of the day. After a fast descent to the American River, the peloton will be confronted with a difficult climb up Highway 49 for the day’s king of the mountain. The riders then will head southwest for a fast and flat run back into Sacramento. Once the peloton passes by what is sure to be a large and loud crowd gathered at the steps of the State Capitol Building, the race day will conclude with three circuit laps. Past circuit finishes in Sacramento have delivered some of the most thrilling finishes in the race’s history, and history is sure to repeat this year.

In support of the Amgen route announcement and the race’s return to the Capital city, Breathe California of Sacramento-Emigrant Trails, in partnership with the Sacramento Sports Commission, will host the Sacramento River Ride on Saturday, February 22nd at 10:00 a.m. The route of the Sacramento River Ride is meant to hone the skills of cyclists, including, but not limited to, Tour de France and U.S. Professionals, amateur elite riders, and both district and national champion riders. The River Ride is a competitive route that should challenge all participants.

To engage the local community and raise awareness of the 2014 race, representatives from Breathe California Sacramento-Emigrant Trails will be at City Bicycle Works  from 10:00 a.m.-noon on Saturday, February 22nd to hand out Amgen Tour of California swag along with information about their annual three-day ride called the Emigrant Trails Bike Trek. To learn more about Breathe California of Sacramento-Emigrant Trails visit www.sacbreathe.org or contact Max R. Mack at 916-912-5569.

For more information about the 2014 Amgen Tour of California route announcement, contact Mike Sophia, Sacramento Sports Commission, at 916-808-7780 or Eileen Tanner, GolinHarris, 213-438-8888.  

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