OTC takes great pride in hosting Amgen Tour of California – Stage 4

February 12, 2012 | Categories: News | Tags: , ,

Drawing the world’s top cyclists, including Tour de France competitors, Olympic medalists and world champions, the Amgen Tour of California is one of most anticipated professional cycling races on the international calendar and it’s coming to Old Town Clovis.

Here are the highlights of the 2012 route include:

Stage 1: Santa Rosa to Santa Rosa (Sunday, May 13)
Start/Finish Location: 3rd St. and Santa Rosa Ave.
The first day of racing of the 2012 Amgen Tour of California will start and finish in Santa Rosa, California, the city that helped establish the race as the premier professional cycling event in the U.S. and home to three-time race champion Levi Leipheimer. Expect to see spectators perched in the trees, rooftops and in windows near the finish line as they vie for the very best view of the final sprint.

Stage 2: San Francisco to Aptos in Santa Cruz County (Monday, May 14)
Start Location: Marina Green at Marina Boulevard in San Francisco
Finish Location: Cabrillo College on Cabrillo College Drive in Aptos
Cycling fans who love the electric feel of race starts will be hard-pressed to find anything better than the Stage 2 start of the 2012 Amgen Tour of California in San Francisco.

Stage 3: San Jose to Livermore (Tuesday, May 15)
Start Location: Berryessa Community Center on Berryessa Road in San Jose
Finish Location: Livermore (M Street and 1st Street)
Stage 3 will begin in San Jose, the only city to have played host to the Amgen Tour of California all seven years of the race. This year, the typical downtown start has been moved to north San Jose, just a few miles from the infamous Sierra Road climb.

Stage 4: Sonora to Clovis (Wednesday, May 16)
Start Location: Sonora (Yaney and Washington)
Finish Location: Clovis (Bullard and Pollasky Aves.)
Stage 4 represents the longest, at 130 miles and possibly most difficult stage of the 2012 Amgen Tour of California. It starts in Sonora, just 30 miles from Yosemite National Park, and has California history written all over it, and you need to look no further than the location of the Stage 4 race start. As the riders roll south from the start, it will be easy to imagine what it was like more than 250 years ago as wagons rolled down the same roads.

Riders will enjoy the incredible beauty and challenge of historic Highway 49. This section of the journey offers everything from numerous KOMs, twisty and technical descents, and raging rivers, but very few sections of flat roadway. Once through Mariposa they head to the final Sprint in Oakhurst. These fearless riders remember the snow and ice from this same route in 2009 but will no doubt remain aggressive as they attack the final 40 miles into the return to Clovis.

What a great way to help celebrate Clovis’ 100th anniversary than to watch the Amgen Tour celebration! Clovis is another city belonging to California’s Gateway to Yosemite and is home to the world-famous Clovis Rodeo.

Clovis has many community events leading up to the Stage 4 Finish on May 16th. We encourage families and individuals to join with members of local cycling clubs for special rides, parade entries, the Clovis BikeFest and Race Tracker gatherings. On race day, expect to see and experience “everything cycling” as the largest race of its kind finishes in Old Town Clovis.

If you’re looking to volunteer for the race you can apply on the official race website, www.AmgenTourofCalifornia.com. Volunteers must be over the age of 18 or accompanied by an adult. Shortly after filling out the online form, volunteers will be contacted by the local organizing committee and receive further information.

If you would like to be considered for a booth at the Festival please contact us at 559.298.5774 or boot@clovisoldtown.org.

For more information about the Amgen Tour of California, please visit www.AmgenTourofCalifornia.com.


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