Cyclists Start Your Engines! Amgen Tour of California 2008
In just a few short days, the world's best cyclists will descend...or should I say, pedal their way across California during the Amgen Tour of California. The next best thing to the Tour de France...well, maybe better. After all, it is California! We may just be giving the French a run (or bike) for their money.
From north to south, they will race past redwoods and vineyards, coastal highways and urban landscapes covering more than 650 miles over eight days. From Palo Alto to Pasadena, they speed by more than one million screaming fans! It's an event like no other.
Come out for a day or every day. The frenzy includes a Lifestyle Festival located near the finish line at each finishing city. It's totally kewl!! Exhibits, equipment, music, cancer awareness education, cycling gear, family activities, bike safety, food, entertainment and more! So much more!
My first time with the Amgen Tour of California was year one, 2006. I participated in the Lifestyle Festival for four days in Santa Rosa, San Jose, and San Luis Obispo. It was the most exciting event I have ever experienced. The energy levels were off the chart...and that includes mine! I knew nothing about this sport then (I only know a little now) but you don't have to be an expert to share the thrill.
Lucky me, I will be on the road and working hard with the Amgen Advance Team. WIsh I could say, "see you at the finish," especially in my home city of Sacramento, but I'll already be way ahead of you and the rest of the pack. However! See you, for sure, at the finish in Pasadena.