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AMGEN TOUR OF CALIFORNIA RETURNS TO SOUTH LAKE TAHOE FOR WOMEN’S STAGE 2 AND MEN’S STAGE 6, FRIDAY, MAY 18, 2018

Amgen Tour of California, presented by AEG, the world’s leading sports and live entertainment company, announced the 13th edition of America’s premier cycling stage race will return to South Lake Tahoe. Stage 2 of the Amgen Tour of California Women’s Race Empowered with SRAM and the Men’s Stage 6 finish from Folsom to South Lake Tahoe will take place at Heavenly Mountain Resort, May 18, 2018. Both competitions will conclude in Sacramento, May 19.

The world’s best male cyclists will contest 600+ miles of roadways, highways, and coastlines from Long Beach to Sacramento. The 2018 edition will mark the third time in race history that the peloton will travel the Golden State from south to north.

The Amgen Tour of California Women’s Race empowered with SRAM, showcasing the top female athletes, will run concurrently May 17-19, covering upward of 150 miles over three stages.

The annual professional cycling events carry the distinction of being the only U.S. races on the UCI WorldTour calendar and attract some of the most renowned cyclists and teams in the world. With seven new courses between them, this is the 11th consecutive year the event has featured an international platform for both men’s and women’s racing.

“These elite athletes serve as an inspiration to our community, young athletes and visitors while generating significant national and international media exposure year after year,” said Carol Chaplin, president, and CEO of the Lake Tahoe Visitors Authority. “Tahoe South and our partners look forward to showcasing our home to cycling competitors and recreational enthusiasts as a ‘must-experience’ destination.”

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AMGEN TOUR OF CALIFORNIA TAHOE ROUTES ANNOUNCED FOR WOMEN’S STAGE 2 AND MEN’S STAGE 6, MAY 18

Feb. 8, 2018 (SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif./Nev.) – Cycling fans can begin plotting their roadside viewing points along the 2018 Amgen Tour of California route, announced today by AEG, owner, and presenter of the 13th annual race. The Women’s Stage 2 and Men’s Stage 6 at South Lake Tahoe will both include iconic vistas, stunning lake views, highest summit in race history at Luther Pass, and the grueling Daggett Pass along Kingsbury Grade state Route 207 on May 18.

America’s premier cycling stage race will cover 645 miles of roadways, highways and coastlines during seven stages from Long Beach to Sacramento May 13-19. Known for epic sprinter showdowns, three of the sports greatest are confirmed to race this year: Mark Cavendish (Team Dimension Data), Marcel Kittel (Team KATUSHA ALPECIN) and “King of California” Peter Sagan (BORA-hansgrohe), cycling’s first three-time consecutive World Champion, who also holds the California race record for most stage wins (16).

The annual professional cycling events carry the distinction of being the only U.S. races on the UCI WorldTour calendar and attract some of the most renowned cyclists and teams in the world. The Amgen Tour of California is designed to cover a variety of terrain, allowing different types of specialists among the field of the world’s greatest cyclists to shine throughout the week. 2018 will mark the third time the race will run south to north.

The men’s Stage 6 presented by Visit California is a daunting stage that starts with a pass by Folsom’s newly completed Johnny Cash Trail, a unique 3-mile trail that honors the memory of the singer and his historic performance at Folsom Prison in 1968. Then 123-mile stage features more than 16,000 feet of climbing, four King of the Mountain (first athlete to reach the top of that pass) including Kingsbury Grade for the first time and an uphill finish. The elevation in Folsom is just 275’. The racers will see 8,600’ as they crest Carson Pass and will finish in South Lake Tahoe at Heavenly at 6,600’.

“These are arguably the toughest stages and another opportunity to showcase South Lake Tahoe’s scenic beauty and challenging terrain,” said Carol Chaplin, president and CEO of the Lake Tahoe Visitors Authority. “It will be a highlight to watch the most accomplished racers tackle Daggett Pass.”

The Amgen Tour of California Women’s Race empowered with SRAM, showcasing the world’s best women cyclists, will run concurrently May 17-19, covering upward of 187 miles over three stages.

Similar to 2017, the women’s Stage 2 presented by Visit California will be contested on the high-altitude Queen Stage in South Lake Tahoe, which features one of the biggest climbs in the UCI Women’s World Tour. The racers will head west from Heavenly Mountain Resort for the start of this 70-mile stage then turn south on CA-89 and over the 7,740’ summit of Luther Pass where they will challenge the first of the day’s three QOMs. A quick descent will take the riders into the spectacular Carson River Basin and on a loop through the Washoe Reservation before heading northeast into Nevada. A left turn will take them north on Kingsbury Grade. The “Grade” had never been attempted in any previous Amgen Tour of California stage until 2017. This 8-mile climb gains 2,700’ in elevation, with riders encountering the second QOM at an elevation of 7,400’. The descent back to South Lake Tahoe will provide beautiful views of the lake and the surrounding mountains. The final QOM of the stage will deliver the riders to the finish at Heavenly Mountain Resort.

A visual overview of the men’s and women’s courses is viewable at www.amgentourofcalifornia.com/2018-route-overview.

Tahoe South has been recognized for scenic splendor and reputation as a leader in outdoor recreation, entertainment and dining by national media outlets including Good Morning America, Travelocity, Orbitz, USA Today, ESPN The Magazine.

South Lake Tahoe is renowned for several summer biking events, trails and a new BMX bike park that opened summer 2015. The annual America’s Most Beautiful Bike Ride circumnavigates the lake June 3. The annual Tour de Tahoe Bike Big Blue Race Sept. 9, offers another chance to circle Tahoe’s 72-mile shoreline also described as “America’s Most Beautiful Drive.”

In light of the devastation brought on by wildfires and mudslides throughout the state, signed apparel from these all-star sprinters, along with other past Amgen Tour of California favorites, will soon be available through an Amgen Tour of California online auction organized by STAPLES Center Foundation with all proceeds benefiting the American Red Cross Disaster Relief. Race fans – and California fans – will be able to bid on exclusive items from merchandise to behind-the-scenes race experiences to help people affected by disasters.

With parts of the state still impacted by wildfires and subsequent mudslides, affected portions of the route will be inspected up until race time, and race routes are subject to change to ensure fan and rider safety.

Volunteer registration is available at amgentourofcalifornia.com. For sponsorship or expo opportunities: amgentourofcalifornia.com/sponsorship. For real-time updates on events, promotions, packages, conditions, and events in Tahoe South visit http://tahoesouth.com.

2018 RACE SCHEDULE

Amgen Tour of California (Men’s Race)

Sunday, May 13 Stage 1 Long Beach

Monday, May 14 Stage 2 Ventura to Santa Barbara County (Gibraltar Road)

Tuesday, May 15 Stage 3 King City to Monterey County

Wednesday, May 16 Stage 4 San Jose (Time Trial)

Thursday, May 17 Stage 5 Stockton to Elk Grove

Friday, May 18 Stage 6 Folsom to South Lake Tahoe

Saturday, May 19 Stage 7 Sacramento

[youtube-embed id=-YBMOs1ya5A] Amgen TOC Men's Stage 6 Folsom to South Lake Tahoe

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Thursday, May 17 Stage 1 Elk Grove

Friday, May 18 Stage 2 South Lake Tahoe

Saturday, May 19 Stage 3 Sacramento

[youtube-embed id=bom6wyKVPos] Amgen TOC Women's Race Stage 2 Start and Finish South Lake Tahoe

Host City information and a highlight video are available at www.amgentourofcalifornia.com and https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KxfHJyTpjkY (downloadable HD broadcast press version at www.amgentourofcalifornia.com/media-resources). For South Lake Tahoe images, maps, video, content visit: https://www.dropbox.com/, credit Tahoe South.

The 2018 Host Cities include the return of fan and race team favorites, long-time veterans like San Jose and Sacramento, and two first-time destinations: Ventura and King City. A favored site for the women’s race, South Lake Tahoe will once again host the men for the Stage 6 finish and welcome back the women for the fourth year in a row. The peloton will revisit Stockton and Long Beach for the first time in 11 years, with the men’s overall start overlooking the beautiful Long Beach Waterfront. Folsom returns as a third-time host for an epic stage through the Sierra Nevada. The overall conclusion of both races on the same day in the State Capitol of Sacramento will provide spectators the opportunity to cheer on favorites across both fields.

“The 2018 Amgen Tour of California will captivate fans everywhere with all-star pelotons and new routes that showcase the incredible beauty of the Golden State,” said Kristin Klein, president of the Amgen Tour of California and executive vice president of AEG Sports. “With a mix of Host Cities that highlight the diversity of California – from urban to remote, ocean to desert, forests to mountains – the race continues its tradition as a dynamic and anticipated event on the international calendar.”

The Amgen Tour of California is designed to cover a variety of terrain, allowing different types of specialists among the field of the world’s greatest cyclists to shine throughout the week. Highlights of the men’s race will include the Queen Stage from Ventura to the summit of Gibraltar Road in Santa Barbara County, a challenging mountain stage with an uphill finish at 6,500 feet elevation on day six, and the highly anticipated sprinter showdowns the race has become known for on many stages. Similar to 2017, the women’s overall will be contested on the high-altitude Queen Stage in South Lake Tahoe which features one of the biggest climbs in the UCI Women’s WorldTour, while the speedy sprinters will find their opportunities on the first and last stages of the race.

Tahoe South has been recognized for scenic splendor and reputation as a leader in outdoor recreation, entertainment and dining by national media outlets including Good Morning America, Travelocity, Orbitz, USA Today, ESPN The Magazine.

South Lake Tahoe is renowned for several summer biking events, trails and a new BMX bike park that opened summer 2015. The annual America’s Most Beautiful Bike Ride circumnavigates the lake in early-June. The annual Tour de Tahoe Bike Big Blue Race held in the middle of September, offers another chance to circle Tahoe’s 72-mile shoreline also described as “America’s Most Beautiful Drive.”

For sponsorship or expo opportunities: amgentourofcalifornia.com/sponsorship. For real time updates on events, promotions, packages, conditions and events in Tahoe South visit http://tahoesouth.com.

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