FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 11, 2014

CONTACTS: Sidney Scheideman                Diana Valdez
Sacramento Sports Commission                 GolinHarris for Amgen Tour of California
916-808-5978                                        213-438-8759
sscheideman@visitsacramento.com             dlvaldez@golinharris.com  

 Tickets on Sale Today for the 2014 Amgen Tour of California Gala Sacramento Gala May 9 Officially Kicks Off Festivities for America’s Largest Professional Cycling Race, Set to Launch at the State Capitol May 11

SACRAMENTO, CA – Tickets will go on sale today for the 2014 Amgen Tour of California Opening Gala, which will be held Friday, May 9, 2014, at the Sacramento Memorial Auditorium. As the Overall Start City for the 2014 race, Sacramento will host this elegant evening where community members and cycling fans can share the excitement of welcoming all the participating professional cyclists (many of whom have competed in the Tour de France), race officials, celebrities and other VIPs at the traditional kick-off for the eight day international event taking place exclusively in California.

The 2014 Amgen Tour of California will begin in Sacramento May 11, featuring 16 of the world’s elite cycling teams and 128 of international cycling’s most accomplished riders competing across more than 720 miles to the finish in Thousand Oaks May 18. This is the ninth annual edition of the race, which is the largest outdoor sporting event in California.

“The Sacramento Sports Commission, the City of Sacramento, Sacramento County, and each of our partners are proud to host the start of the 2014 Amgen Tour of California,” said Mike Sophia, director of the Sacramento Sports Commission. “Along with it comes the honor of hosting the gala, which gives us the opportunity to introduce these world-class athletes, as well as help support race sponsor Amgen’s Breakaway from Cancer® initiative, which serves people affected by cancer.”

The evening will be filled with live music and entertainment, hosted bar and sit-down dinner, and a silent auction featuring a variety of fabulous items. To purchase single tickets or tables, please visit https://2014amgengala.eventbrite.com.

“We are thrilled to be back in the capital city for the 2014 race, and we look forward to an exciting evening with our teams, athletes, fans and partners,” said Kristin Bachochin, executive director of the race and senior vice president of AEG Sports. “Historically, Sacramento has set the bar very high for the gala, and we look forward to another fantastic evening that will kick off a great weekend of events in Sacramento and another tremendous race.”

This year, a portion of the proceeds raised by the Amgen Tour of California Gala will benefit Breakaway from Cancer®. The Amgen Tour of California is proud to support Breakaway from Cancer®, Amgen’s national initiative to increase awareness of access to the important resources available to cancer patients.

For more information regarding the 2014 Amgen Tour of California Gala, please contact the Sacramento Sports Commission at 916-808-7777.

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

About Breakaway from Cancer® Amgen is leading the race to dramatically improve people's lives through its national initiative, Breakaway from Cancer®. Founded in 2005 by Amgen, Breakaway from Cancer® aims to increase awareness of important resources available to people affected by cancer – from prevention through survivorship. Breakaway from Cancer® is a collaboration between Amgen and four nonprofit partner organizations: Prevent Cancer Foundation, Cancer Support Community, Patient Advocate Foundation, and National Coalition for Cancer Survivorship. These organizations offer a broad range of support services complementing those provided by a patient's team of healthcare professionals. For more information, please visit www.breakawayfromcancer.com or follow us on www.twitter.com/breakawaycancer.

About AEG 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, 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 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.

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