Palo Alto, CA – Specific route details for the 2008 Amgen Tour of California professional cycling race were revealed today by Palo Alto Mayor Kishimoto and members of the Local Organizing Committee for the Palo Alto - Stanford University Prologue, the overall start of the race. A Tour de France-style cycling road race, the 2008 Amgen Tour of California will challenge the world’s top professional cycling teams to compete along a demanding 650-mile course from Palo Alto-Stanford University to Pasadena, February 17-24, 2008.
The 2007 race drew more than 1.6 million spectators, surpassing the inaugural year’s turnout and setting records in attendance for a single sporting event in California, as well as for any cycling event ever held in the United States. One of the most anticipated professional cycling races in the United States, the 2008 Amgen Tour of California will be staged over an even more challenging route. Featuring elite professional teams and athletes from around the world, the 2008 Amgen Tour of California will bring the drama and excitement of a professional cycling stage race to the California coast for a third consecutive year while showcasing more than 650 miles of scenic California highways, roadways and coastline drives.
Scheduled over eight consecutive days from February 17-24, 2008, the race will visit 12 host cities for official stage starts and finishes, with communities along the route getting the chance to see, firsthand, a lineup of some of the best and most recognizable teams and cyclists in the world. Host cities for the Prologue and seven stages include: Palo Alto-Stanford University (new in 2008), Sausalito, Santa Rosa, Sacramento, Modesto (new in 2008), San Jose, Seaside, San Luis Obispo, Solvang, Santa Barbara, Santa Clarita and Pasadena (new in 2008).
"The challenging geographical features and picturesque landscape of California provide the perfect combination of elements for a world-class cycling event," said Kristin Bachochin, senior director of AEG Sports, presenter of the race. "For the third year of the Amgen Tour of California, we remain committed to upgrading and enhancing every element of the race experience for the cyclists and spectators by creating an even more challenging and exciting race."
Local highlights of the 2008 Amgen Tour of California race route include the Prologue: Palo Alto-Stanford University (Sunday, February 17, 2008). At 1 p.m., riders will kick off the 2008 Amgen Tour of California with a short, but intense, individual time trial of just more than
two miles. The flat and fast route will likely take each individual cyclist less than five minutes to finish. Although it is short, the Prologue, sponsored by CSC, will be packed with excitement and high speed. The Stanford Oval will give spectators the chance to see the riders complete a full 360-degree loop before they head to the finish line at the intersection of Palm Dr. and Museum Way on the Stanford University campus.
"We are really excited to host the start of this major US cycling event as the Palo Alto-Stanford University Prologue," said Joe Manning of the Local Organizing Committee for Palo Alto – Stanford University Prologue. "This gives us a great opportunity to highlight our local community and feature the ongoing commitment of the City and University to promote a healthy lifestyle and green economy through innovation and technology."
For further information on the 2008 Amgen Tour of California and downloadable course maps, visit www.amgentourofcalifornia.com. Additional resources such as log sheets, elevation profiles and recommended viewing locations will be added to the Web site in the coming weeks.
ABOUT THE CITY OF PALO ALTO AND STANFORD UNIVERSITY
Palo Alto and Stanford University form the hub of one of the most dynamic, exciting, beautiful and distinctive areas nationwide. The two closely related communities are considered the birthplace of the high technology region known as Silicon Valley. Palo Alto, whose borders extend from San Francisco Bay to the Skyline Ridge of the coastal mountains, is a vibrant community of 62,000 residents and 6,000 businesses that values both the natural environment and high-tech innovation. Palo Alto has recreational amenities of cities twice its size, as well as world-class shopping and dining. The city has the distinction of being the first Green Power Community in California, and is proud of its 4,000 acres of open space, 34 parks and more than 30 miles of bike lanes. Stanford University, one of the world’s leading research universities, contributes to the region’s lively intellectual, cultural and artistic environment. Stanford has an undergraduate and graduate student population of nearly 15,000 and boasts a faculty that includes 17 Nobel laureates. The university has helped spawn some 3,000 companies in high technology and other fields.
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