February 20, 2014 -
2014 Amgen Tour of California Route Announced
LOS ANGELES, California – The route for the ninth edition of America’s largest and most prestigious professional cycling stage race, the Amgen Tour of California, was revealed today at a press conference presented by Visit California. Once again, this challenging race will bring elite cyclists from all over the world to California May 11-18 for more than 730 miles of all-out battle through 12 host cities. Returning to a north-to-south route that will include two mountaintop finishes and a picturesque but difficult ride along iconic Highway 1, this year’s race is designed with an early time trial and Queen stage, meaning the winner will be anything but clear-cut as the week progresses.
San Jose is the only city to host the Amgen Tour of California for each of the nine years since the race began in 2006. The San Jose Stage 3 Start will be produced by a veteran Local Organizing Committee, led by the San Jose Sports Authority. The stage will start at Raging Waters at Lake Cunningham Regional Park in San Jose and riders will travel north toward the East Foothills, before turning onto Mt. Hamilton Road to tackle the early climb on Mt. Hamilton, continuing on to finish atop Mt. Diablo on the most challenging stage of the 2014 race.
“San Jose is honored to host the Amgen Tour of California every year since its inception,” said San Jose Mayor Chuck Reed. “We are delighted to introduce a new starting location this year and showcase the fantastic cycling available for both professional and recreational riders here in the capital of Silicon Valley. Thanks to the San Jose Sports Authority for their efforts to bring this world-class bicycle race to San Jose for a ninth straight year.”
Open to the public, the Stage 3 Start at Raging Waters at Lake Cunningham Regional Park will be host to the Amgen Tour of California’s Lifestyle Festival, with vendors, family activities and entertainment, as well the Team Parking area and autograph alley, where fans can meet their favorite cyclists. Once riders leave from San Jose toward Mt. Diablo, the Start Line area will transform into a public watch party for the remainder of the race.
“I'm thrilled that Raging Waters at Lake Cunningham Regional Park in San Jose will host the Stage 3 Start for the Amgen Tour of California this year” said San Jose City Councilmember Rose Herrera, whose Council District includes Lake Cunningham Regional Park. “It's our privilege to welcome some of the best cyclists in the world who will bike past Lake Cunningham Regional Park - home to the largest skate park in California- before riding along the picturesque East Foothills, while being cheered on by local cycling enthusiasts.”
The San Jose Sports Authority, a non-profit organization that serves as the sports commission for the City of San Jose, will lead the planning and implementation of the Stage 3 Start.
“We are proud to host the Amgen Tour of California for the ninth consecutive year,” said San Jose Sports Authority Executive Director Patricia Ernstrom. “San Jose has hosted stage starts, finishes and two time trials in locations throughout the City over the past eight years, and the 2014 route, starting at Raging Waters and Lake Cunningham Regional Park presents an opportunity to highlight another beautiful area in the Capital of Silicon Valley.”
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