FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CONTACT: Sidney Scheideman
916-541-2396
October 22, 2015 

SACRAMENTO, CA - The Sacramento Sports Commission, a division of the Sacramento Convention & Visitors Bureau, along with the City and County of Sacramento are proud to announce the return of the Amgen Tour of California to Sacramento for the final stage of the eleventh edition of America's largest cycling race. The eight-day stage race will begin in San Diego before traveling north from May 15-22, 2016 along more than 700 miles of scenic roads through some of California's most picturesque backdrops.

Considered America's largest and most prestigious cycling event, the Amgen Tour of California, presented locally by Sutter Health, is projected to bring between 2,000-3,000 room nights to Sacramento with an estimated economic impact of between $2-3 million. For the first time ever, the Amgen TOC will conclude in California's state capital which previously hosted the overall start in both 2014 and 2015. Sacramento has also played host to America's largest cycling race in 2009's prologue as well as the stage finishes in 2007, 2008, 2010 & 2011.

"We are very excited to host the final stage of the Amgen Tour of California in Sacramento for the first time in race history," said Mike Sophia, Director of the Sacramento Sports Commission. "While we have seen great stage finishes in Sacramento every year, we can't wait to see the peloton sprinting for both the stage win and the Tour win."

"We look forward to welcoming cycling fans from around the world to Sacramento to witness the final sprint of the 2016 Amgen Tour of California," said Steve Hammond, President & CEO of the Sacramento Convention and Visitors Bureau. "This is an event that has been embraced and supported by our partners, the City of Sacramento, Sacramento County, Sutter Health and our other corporate partners, and is energized every year by a passionate fan base in Sacramento."

Prior to finishing in Sacramento, the tour will race through eleven other host cities during the eight day event including San Diego, South Pasadena, Santa Clarita, Thousand Oaks, Santa Barbara County, Morro Bay, Monterey County, Lodi, South Lake Tahoe, Folsom and Santa Rosa.

The Amgen Tour of California will be broadcast on NBC around the world during the entire tour, showcasing Sacramento to an international audience. For more information leading up to the race, visit www.sacsports.com.

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. More information is available at www.amgentourofcalifornia.com.

About the Sacramento Sports Commission
The Sacramento Sports Commission was created in the 1980s as a joint city-county advisory board to attract and develop major professional and amateur sporting events in the capital region. On Jan. 1, 2013, at the request of the Sacramento City Council and County Board of Supervisors, the Sacramento CVB took over the responsibilities of the Sacramento Sports Commission. This new Sacramento Sports Commission, a division of the SCVB, will be responsible for fostering economic development of the region by securing, promoting and sustaining highly visible sporting events, tournaments and conventions.

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