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Lake Tahoe volunteers sought for AMGEN tour of California’s cycling competition

The AMGEN Tour of California at Lake Tahoe needs volunteers May 19.

The Amgen Tour of California Men’s finish and Women’s race at Lake Tahoe is seeking volunteers on Thursday, May 19. Highlights of the Amgen Tour of California races will include iconic vistas along the 72-mile circumference of the lake as well as spectacular backcountry terrain through Hope Valley.

The men’s elite race Stage 5 will begin in Lodi, Calif. at 10 a.m., and finish around 3:45 p.m. at Heavenly Mountain Resort’s California Base Lodge in South Lake Tahoe totaling 132.4 miles. The women’s Stage 1 also at Heavenly will start at 10:50 a.m. and finish approximately at 2 p.m. totaling 72.7 miles.

Volunteer registration is now open and positions consist of a course marshal – a critical role where the individual assists race staff and local law enforcement authorities along the route. Other jobs involve security, check-in, monitoring pedestrian traffic, surveying barricades, road closures, and communications -- keeping spectators informed as the race progresses while collaborating with the cyclists and their teams.

volunteer course marshal

You could be this guy. Photo credit: MoBikeFed via Flickr (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/)

The South Lake Tahoe Local Organizing Committee are seeking 300 volunteers for the combined stages for men and women.

Those interested in assisting the Tahoe South portion of the tour can register at www.amgentourofcalifornia.com/Tour/volunteer. Registrants must be at least 18 years old, or accompanied by an adult. Interested applicants can contact Mike Frye with the Lake Tahoe Visitors Authority at mike@ltva.org or 775-588-5900 x 309.

Thousands of volunteers across the state will join forces with race staff May 15-22 to support the international sporting event where the world’s top cyclists compete in front of millions of fans, as well as a global television audience. In all, the men’s and women’s races will travel through 12 host cities for official stage starts and finishes.

Approximately 160 female athletes will complete a 72-mile clockwise lap around the perimeter of Lake Tahoe and provides technical challenges such as twisting descents, fast straights and stunning views.

In a slight variation from last year’s women’s race, cyclists will leave Highway 50 and enter onto Pioneer Trail then to Ski Run Boulevard, local streets Needle Peak and Wildwood, and finish at the California Base Lodge at Heavenly.

Meanwhile, the men’s races features approximately 200 athletes. The course start is in Lodi, Calif., and will travel over Highway 88 passing Kirkwood Mountain Resort. The men will endure challenging hairpin turns and climbs, passing several alpine lakes before reaching Hope Valley, which is between Kirkwood Mountain Resort and South Lake Tahoe. They will then turn at Pickett's Junction onto Highway 89, with a breathtaking ascent to the 7,740-foot summit of Luther Pass and then steep grade descent into the Tahoe Basin.

Here’s a route preview video: https://youtu.be/am3iWtJiN8k.

For additional information about the 2016 Amgen Tour of California, go to www.amgentourofcalifornia.com.

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