Tour of California Mayors Welcome the Race


Cycling Fans Get Opportunity to Ride Portion of the Amgen Tour of California Stage 6 in Big Bear plus Many More Perks

On Friday, May 18 cycling enthusiasts get an opportunity to ride a portion of the same route that the world’s greatest professional cyclists will race on during The Amgen Tour of California Stage 6 Finish in Big Bear Lake. The ride, called The King of the Mountain Experience, is open to all levels of cyclists that want to bask in the glory of riding through the official Amgen Tour of California finish line arch two hours before the actual professionals cross the finish line. Note: King of the Mountain Experience is limited to the first 250 registrants.

Cycling enthusiasts enjoy a 35-mile trek that starts at Snow Summit Mountain Resort, and snakes over to Big Bear Lake’s north shore on Hwy. 38. From there participants are treated to Big Bear’s scenic beauty as they head west down Hwy. 18. This takes them to the turnaround point at Snow Valley Mountain Resort. The cyclists then head back to Snow Summit where they cross through the official Amgen Tour of California finish line arch. The course ride is supported by guides and a full-support crew. There is also a self-timed section on the course that gives participants a read-out of their times that they can compare with the professional race leaders.

In addition to riding 35 miles of the Stage 6 course King of the Mountain Experience participants get certain privileges others do not. Race day perks include V.I.P. finish line area seating, free bike valet, commemorative event tech T-shirt, raffle drawings, finisher’s medal, and limited edition number plate. There is also a V.I.P. reception after the race at Black Diamond Tavern that includes appetizers, no-host bar and cycling celebrities such as Phil Liggett, the official announcer of the race. Other benefits include pre-event bike check lube & tune, discount food and lodging, and Thursday night tour viewing party.

King of the Mountain Experience is Friday, May 18 at the Amgen Tour of California Stage 6 Finish Line at Snow Summit Mountain Resort, located at 880 Summit Blvd. The glory ride is from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., which starts and finishes at Snow Summit. Entry fee is $150 per person. For more information about King of the Mountain Experience or to register log onto or

Levi Leipheimer To Quickly Resume Training And Racing Schedule After Being Struck By Vehicle

Following a vehicle collision by an elderly driver in Bilbao, Spain, Omega Pharma-Quickstep cyclist Levi Leipheimer eyes a swift return to training and competing in the Amgen Tour of California.

SANTA ROSA (April 5, 2012)–On a routine training ride for the Vuelta al Pais Vasco, Levi Leipheimer was struck from behind by an aged motorist traveling at approximately 50 mph as he cycled on the right shoulder. Leipheimer suffered a leg injury in the collision and his bicycle was smashed into multiple pieces. Witnesses assisted Leipheimer, called for help, and saw him off to the hospital. The driver did return to the scene eventually.

The diagnosis from the medical center in Spain indicated that Leipheimer’s leg was not broken, but once back home in Santa Rosa, California, additional imaging showed a fracture of the fibula.

“Really it’s the best bad news I could’ve gotten,” says Leipheimer. “The fibula is less important for cycling compared to other bones in the leg; I’m really looking to overcome pain more than anything.” Leipheimer expects to be back on the bicycle potentially as soon as the end of this week, with a return to the open road very shortly thereafter. His training will continue to be supervised by Dr. Max Testa, a celebrated name in cycling physiology.

While this casts a near-term shadow over Leipheimer’s training for events like the Amgen Tour of California, he’s upbeat, not only about his condition for the later season, but also about how much worse the incident could have been. “This could be a good thing for me in events like the Tour de France and the 2012 London Olympics. While the Tour of California will be more of a challenge for me now, I still have my sights set squarely on a win again this year.

“But the real victory here is that I survived the collision and that I’m alive to meet that challenge at all. It’s amazing that all I did was break my fibula. I was in a panic state after [the collision] happened; I couldn’t calm down. I can’t communicate how close I came to being killed and that was incredibly scary. More than anything, I’m really grateful for the chance to come back from this injury.”

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Sixteen Teams Selected for Amgen Tour of California

World Class Field Assembled for America’s Premier Cycling Race Set for May

LOS ANGELES (March 13, 2012) – Race organizers have named the 16 teams, including some of the world’s best international and domestic squads, to compete in the 2012 Amgen Tour of California, which will take place May 13 to 20. Comprised of United Cycling International (UCI) Pro, Pro Continental and Continental squads, the 16 world class teams chosen to participate in the 2012 race will include Olympic hopefuls and Tour de France contenders representing more than 20 countries, giving fans around the world a preview of what is to come in July in both France and London.

Since the inaugural race in 2006, the Amgen Tour of California has consistently drawn the world’s best cycling talent while growing to become one of the most important races on the international calendar. In 2012, the race will play an even more significant role as it will be where top competitors test themselves in preparation for the Tour de France and the 2012 Summer Olympic Games taking place in London this summer. As previously announced by race presenters AEG, the 2012 Amgen Tour of California will start in Santa Rosa on May 13 and travel more than 750 miles throughout some of California’s most majestic and iconic highways, roadways and coastlines before the final stage on May 20 when the race will start in Beverly Hills on Rodeo Drive and finish at L.A. LIVE in downtown Los Angeles.

The 16 elite teams include the newly restructured RadioShack-Nissan-Trek, whose roster includes Amgen Tour of California defending champion Chris Horner, Jens Voigt and current U.S. National Road Race Champion, Matthew Busche who will compete against a field that includes the No. 1-ranked team in the world, Omega Pharma – QuickStep, featuring three-time Amgen Tour of California winner Levi Leipheimer and Tom Boonen; Garmin-Barracuda, featuring Amgen Tour of California veterans Dave Zabriskie and Tom Danielson; and 2011 Tour de France champion BMC Racing including veteran cyclist and fan favorite George Hincapie and one of the fastest rising stars in cycling today, Tejay VanGarderen. Also, competing in California for the seventh consecutive year will be the Rabobank Cycling Team, featuring Laurens Ten Dam and Luis Leon Sanchez. Liquigas-Cannondale is set to compete as well, featuring American cyclists, Ted King and Timothy Duggan, as well as Peter Sagan, who has taken multiple stages in previous editions of the Amgen Tour of California. Competing in California for the first time will be the Australian GreenEDGE Cycling Team, who plan to bring Luke Durbridge and Robbie McEwen. AG2R La Mondiale is also on the roster, featuring Nicolas Roche and Rinaldo Nocentini.

The 2012 Amgen Tour of California roster includes the following 16 teams:

UCI ProTeams

BMC Racing Team (USA)

Rabobank Cycling Team (NED)

Garmin- Barracuda (USA)

RadioShack-Nissan-Trek (LUX)

Liquigas-Cannondale (ITA)

Omega Pharma – QuickStep (BEL)

AG2R La Mondiale (FRA)

GreenEDGE Cycling Team (AUS)

UCI Professional Continental Teams

Team Spidertech Powered By C10 (CAN)

UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team (USA)

Project 1t4i (NED)

Colombia-Coldeportes (COL)

UCI Continental Teams

Team Optum Presented By Kelly Benefit Strategies (USA)

Bissell Pro Cycling (USA)

Team Exergy (USA)

Bontrager Livestrong Team (USA)

“These 16 teams represent the most prestigious field of talent ever to compete in our race and we are honored to have them join us for the seventh edition of the Amgen Tour of California,” said Kristin Bachochin, executive director of the race and senior vice president of AEG Sports. “Cycling fans will see some favorite and familiar faces back in California this May, as well as a few new teams who will be racing with us for the first time. We look forward to presenting another impressive race for fans around the world.”

There are a total of 11 teams returning to the Amgen Tour of California for 2012, including AG2R La Mondiale (FRA); BMC Racing Team (USA); Rabobank Cycling Team (NED); Garmin- Barracuda (USA); RadioShack-Nissan-Trek (LUX); Omega Pharma – QuickStep (BEL); Liquigas-Cannondale (ITA); Team Spidertech Powered By C10 (CAN); UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team (USA); Team Optum Presented By Kelly Benefit Strategies (USA) and Bissell Pro Cycling (USA).

“Amgen Tour of California has always been a first class event, with great courses, amazing organization, and incredible fans,” said Chris Horner, Amgen Tour of California’s defending champion.

“This year’s event looks to be the best ever, with an even more challenging route and a roster of 16 of the best teams in the world. I’m looking forward to coming back to defend my title – it promises to be a fantastic eight days in California!”

“The Amgen Tour of California is always a big goal for our team,” said Jonathan Vaughters, CEO, Slipstream Sports and Director Sportif, Team Garmin-Barracuda. “The Amgen Tour of California is one of the premier races in the U.S. and one we take a lot of pride in. Every year, the competition is intense, the crowds get even bigger, and this year will be no exception. We’re very excited to get back to California and we hope to give fans plenty of reasons to cheer.”

Teams new to the Amgen Tour of California roster include the newly formed GreenEDGE Cycling Team (AUS); Project 1t4i (NED); Colombia-Coldeportes (COL) Team Exergy (USA); and Bontrager Livestrong Team (USA).

In addition to the pro cycling teams confirmed for the 2012 Amgen Tour of California, Amgen’s Breakaway from Cancer® team will also be returning, traveling with the race from start to finish to celebrate cancer survivors and raise awareness about the free support services available to people affected by cancer from the four non-profit Breakaway from Cancer partner organizations.

“At Amgen, we are excited for our seventh Amgen Tour and impressed by the caliber of the cycling teams joining the field this year,” said Stuart Arbuckle, vice president and general manager, Amgen Oncology. “We are even more excited about how Amgen’s Breakaway from Cancer initiative has taken off since we launched it in 2006, the inaugural year of the Tour. This year we will host Breakaway Mile events and recognize Breakaway from Cancer Champions in four host cities: Santa Rosa, Livermore, Clovis and Los Angeles, and our Breakaway from Cancer partner organizations will join Amgen to host our Breakaway from Cancer tent in the festival area in every finish city.”

For more information about the teams competing in the 2012 Amgen Tour of California, please visit the official race website, For more information about Breakaway from Cancer, visit

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Volunteers Needed for AMGEN Tour of California

Amgen Tour of California Volunteer Luncheon Set for Tuesday March 20th

The Events Resource Office of Big Bear Valley and the Rotary Club of Big Bear Lake would like to invite members of the Big Bear Valley to a special volunteer luncheon at Nottingham’s on Tuesday March 20th at 12 Noon.

The AMGEN Tour of California continues to be the largest cycling race in North America featuring elite professional cycling teams from around the world competing and we are thrilled to once again host a stage finish. This free event attracts cycling’s top professional riders, and is scheduled over eight consecutive days from May 13-21, 2012. The Amgen Tour of California is a “rolling festival” showcasing more than 750 miles of California’s scenic beauty with Big Bear Lake’s Stage 6 finish (The “Big Bear Climb”) taking place on Friday, May 18, when riders will race for more than 115 grueling miles from Palmdale to Big Bear Lake.

This event looks to shine a major international spotlight on Big Bear Lake with live television broadcast coverage to over 60 countries around the world. The Local Organizing Committee is focused on providing a great experience for the spectators that will come to Big Bear that week. In 2010 almost 40% of the spectators that came to the finish in 2010 were visiting Big Bear for the very first time so making a good impression is key to the success of this event.

Most of the Big Bear Valley volunteers will be needed in the vicinity of the race finish site at Snow Summit to help with Parking and Security and to act as “Ambassadors” to the visiting race spectators.

Volunteers who would like to work as Course Marshalls can register online at . These volunteers will to be positioned throughout the race course from the North Shore to Summit Blvd.

We hope you can attend as your participation in the event would be greatly appreciated. A light lunch with refreshments will be served.

Please RSVP to Eric Lewis by Monday March 19th at or by telephone at (909) 800-4371

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