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Elite Women’s Cycling Teams and Lake Tahoe Routes Announced for 2015 Amgen Tour of California
Feb. 19, 2015 (LAKE TAHOE, Calif./Nev.) – For the first time 14 of the top women’s cycling teams from around the world will vie for the Amgen Tour of California Women’s Race title, a three-stage cycling competition with the first two stages in Lake Tahoe, May 8-9. The race is sanctioned by Union Cycliste International, denoting the highest level for a non-World Cup event.
The start and finish line for both stages are located at Heavenly Mountain Resort’s California Main Lodge. Stage 1 on Friday, May 8, consists of a 74-mile clockwise lap around the perimeter of Lake Tahoe and provides a bit of everything: twisting descents, fast straights, two challenging Queen of the Mountains (riders completing the climbs in the lowest cumulative time), and stunning views. The debut as part of the 10th anniversary edition Amgen Tour of California, and the first three-day women’s stage race of its kind begins at 10 a.m. in South Lake Tahoe.
The climb along the West Shore overlooks iconic Emerald Bay and Cascade Lake and continues along the scenic shoreline into Tahoe City. The peloton proceeds through Kings Beach, passing into the state of Nevada at historic Crystal Bay and Incline Village. Athletes will experience the breathtaking views above Sand Harbor State Park while racing continues east with a 1,000-foot ascent to U.S. Highway 50 near Spooner Lake. Racers then descend into Zephyr Cove before embarking on a climb back into South Lake Tahoe, Calif., as they near the finish line. Cyclists will leave U.S. Highway 50 at Lake Parkway and wind their way behind the casinos toward the finish line with the brutal climb up a 15 percent grade. This opening stage will produce a worthy winner from the international field.
Stage 2 on Saturday, May 9, begins at 10:30 a.m. The 50-mile two-loop race will take cyclists along Pioneer Trail, South Upper Truckee and state Route 89. After a descent from Heavenly they will ride off to the beautiful canyons of state Route 89. The second half of the course features the switchback Queen of the Mountain challenge followed by the climb up Ski Run Blvd. to the finish line, concluding two very challenging days in Lake Tahoe.
Following the two stages in Lake Tahoe, the third and final stage of the competition is in Sacramento on Sunday, May 10.
“As one of the country’s most enthusiastic cycling destinations, Tahoe South and our partners look forward to hosting the event,” said Carol Chaplin, executive director of the Lake Tahoe Visitors Authority. “It should highlight the talent and elevate the awareness of women cyclists and the Tahoe area.”
“North Lake Tahoe is recognized as a premier human-powered sports destination and is proud to partner with Tahoe South for the Amgen Tour of California,” said JT Thompson, tourism director, North Lake Tahoe Resort Association. “Furthermore NLTRA is hosting the USA Cycling Amateur Road National Championships this coming June with over 1,000 cyclists that are expected to enter the competition.”
Local law enforcement, race and tourism officials created routes with the least impact to residents and visitors. Travelers should expect 20 minute delays along the courses on both days while the race is passing through a given point. Specific road information will be provided at a later date.
Powerhouse teams such as Velocio-SRAM (formerly Team Specialized-lululemon), which ranked second in the world last season, and Alé-Cipollini boast rosters with some of the most decorated women in the sport will compete in what many experts believe will be the best women’s cycling event ever to take place on U.S. soil. Several of the teams expected to put forward top contenders for the overall win are also mounting counterparts in the men’s race, including Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies, BMW p/b Happy Tooth Dental (under the same management as Team SmartStop) and UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team.
The full list of teams that will race May 8-10 includes:
- BMW p/b Happy Tooth Dental
- Canada National Team
- Colavita|Bianchi p/b Fine Cooking
- Grassi Pro Cycling Team Mexico
- Itau Shimano Ladies Power Team
- Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies
- Pearl Izumi Sports Tours International
- Pepper Palace Pro Cycling p/b The Happy Tooth
- Team TIBCO-SVB
- Twenty16 p/b Sho-Air
- UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team
- Xirayas de San Luis
Full rosters will be available in May for the first of its kind three-day stage race as well as the Invitational Time Trial event.
As part of a multi-year partnership, Lexus will serve as a premier partner of the Amgen Tour of California women’s stage race and award the winner of the stage race with a two-year Lexus NX luxury compact crossover lease. The bold NX offers a utility-focused alternative to a sport sedan.
Lake Tahoe will be one of 14 host cities for elite cyclists from around the world, thousands of cycling fans and a global audience.
For further information about the Amgen Tour of California and to experience the race like never before with VIP Access, please visit www.amgentourofcalifornia.com.
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Cyclists compete in the Amgen Tour of California Women's Ride.
Organizers announce the routes for the Lake Tahoe stages, May 8-9, 2015.
Courtesy of Amgen Tour of California
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. Amgen Tour of California is listed on the international professional cycling calendar (2 HC, meaning “beyond category”), awarding important, world-ranking points to the top finishers. More information is available at www.amgentourofcalifornia.com.
This year, the men’s course will traverse more than 700 miles and wind through 13 host cities, including Sacramento, Nevada City, Lodi, San Jose, Pismo Beach, Avila Beach, Santa Barbara, Santa Clarita, Big Bear Lake, Ontario, Mt. Baldy, L.A. LIVE (Downtown Los Angeles) and Pasadena. The women’s three-day stage race will travel more than 150 miles through South Lake Tahoe and Sacramento, followed by a 15-mile Invitational Time Trial in Big Bear Lake.
Interested in becoming a part of the race? Visit www.amgentourofcalifornia.com/sponsorship for details.
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About the Lake Tahoe Visitors Authority
Set at 6,300 feet, South Lake Tahoe is the only destination in the country that combines two strikingly different worlds: spectacular natural beauty and desirable resort amenities. The combination of outdoor summer activities includes hiking, biking, kayaking, golfing, swimming, fishing and boat cruises along with 24-hour nightclubs, fine dining, gaming and entertainment. For information about lodging, recreation and family packages at Lake Tahoe South Shore, call the Lake Tahoe Visitors Authority, 1-800-AT-TAHOE (1-800-288-2463) or go to www.TahoeSouth.com.
About North Lake Tahoe
For more information about North Lake Tahoe, visit www.gotahoenorth.com. And for the best bargains, including lodging, check out the “Cool Deals” tab, which is updated daily. North Lake Tahoe is a 45-minute drive from the Reno Tahoe International Airport, two hours from Sacramento International Airport and just over three hours from San Francisco International Airport. Visitor information centers are located at 100 North Lake Boulevard in Tahoe City and 969 Tahoe Boulevard in Incline Village. www.GoTahoeNorth.com