The AMGEN Tour of California, “Leading the race to dramatically improve patients’ lives”, returns to our area this May 15-22, 2016. An amazing endurance test for cyclers, the Lake Tahoe area will be one of the several official Stages for both men and women competitors. Any battle with cancer is a tough battle, life-changing, and the riders and supporters of AMGEN help this battle in very tangible ways. Breakaway from Cancer® offers, nationally, a number of vital resources for anyone affected by this terrible disease. Following is more information about AMGEN, and this year’s ‘breakaway’ event.
AMGEN has collaborated with Prevent Cancer Foundation, Cancer Support Community, Patient Advocate Foundation, and the National Coalition for Cancer Survivorship. Together with AMGEN, these nonprofits offer a huge array of support services for cancer patients, families of cancer patients, survivors, and others.
The annual ride has eight stages for men, and four for women. This year’s list of the dozen cities involved (in alphabetical, but not ride order) include:
- Monterey County
- Morro Bay
- San Diego
- Santa Barbara County
- Santa Clara
- Santa Rosa
- South Lake Tahoe
- South Pasadena
- Thousand Oaks
Stage 5, the South Lake Tahoe route, occurs on May 19, 2016. The Tahoe area, as you know, has great appeal in several ways. It has “spectacular natural beauty”; one only has to step outside to see it. It is also a very popular tourist draw. We live in a green, positive, naturally beautiful and healthy environment.
According to Carol Chaplin, executive director of the Lake Tahoe Visitors Authority, the AMGEN cycling event is the “America’s largest cycling event at America’s Best Lake”. It’s also one of the most challenging.
While the host city is Tahoe South, featuring over $200 million dollars in recent renovations and redevelopment, the featured sponsor is North Lake Tahoe. Described by the event organizers as a location with “jaw dropping scenery, wildlife, alpine flora, year-round recreation, state parks and historic resorts”, our area has one of the world’s most beautiful lakes, and numerous ways to enjoy the lake, outdoors, mountain, and scenery… in all seasons. It’s called “a world apart” for all the right reasons.
Last year’s results showed Peter Sagan as best overall. King of the Mountain was Daniel Oss, with a total of 46 points. In women’s results, best overall was Trixi Worrack at a time of 06:24:16. ‘King’ of the Mountain in the women’s division was Kirsti Lay, with 32 points. Why not come out to see who will top the field this year?
This list was accurate at the time of publication; please check directly with the venue(s) to ensure dates, times, and locations remain the same.