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International Road Race

| Articles, Santa Clarita Living | March 18, 2013

by Martha Michael

The Amgen Tour bicycling race literally brings the world to our door. As a host city once again this year, Santa Clarita will be an overnight home to participants from around the globe…so if traveling is in your blood, but not your budget, maybe it’s a good time for some volunteering!

This year’s event will be headlined by eight of the world’s top ranking Pro Teams, along with UCI Pro Continental and Continental squads, collectively representing nine countries. Included among the American teams are the top two U.S. Pro Teams: BCM Racing Team of Santa Rosa, California, whose roster included current world road champion Philippe Gilbert of Belgium; and eight-time participant team Garmin-Sharp of Denver, which will be defending its record-setting three Overall Team Standings wins.

Returning for their sixth year of California competition are Belgium’s top team, Omega Pharma- Quick-Step Cycling Team, who has confirmed Tom Boonen, who last year became the first rider to win all four “cobbled classics” in Europe; and Italy’s top professional team Cannondale Pro Cycling. Other top World Tour Teams selected include perennial powerhouse RADIOSHAP LEOPARD TREK of Luxembourg, whose roster includes 2011 Amgen Tour of California champion Chris Horner of Bend, Oregon, Australia’s top team ORICA- GreenEDGE, Denmark’s top professional club Team Saxo- Tinkoff, and Vancansoleil- DCM Pro Cycling Team from the Netherlands.
The 2013 Amgen Tour of California roster includes the following 16 professional cycling teams:
UCI Pro Teams:
•    BCM Racing Team, USA
•    Cannondale Pro Cycling, Italy
•    Omega Pharma – Quick-Step Cycling         Team, Belgium
•    ORICA GreenEDGE, Australia
•    RADIOSHACK LEOPARD TREK,             Luxembourg
•    Team Garmin-Sharp, USA
•    Team Saxo- Tinkoff, Denmark
•    Vacansoleil- DCM Pro Cycling Team,         The Netherlands
UCI Professional Continental Teams:
•    Champion System Pro Cycling Team,         China
•    Team NetAPP- Endura, Germany
•    UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team,             USA
UCI Continental Teams:
•    5-hour ENERGY presented by Kenda         Racing Team, USA
•    BISSELL Pro Cycling, USA
•    Bontrager Cycling Team, USA
•    Optum Pro Cycling presented by Kelly         Benefit Strategies, USA
•    Team Jamis – Hagens Berman, USA

The City of Santa Clarita will host both a Start and Finish Stage on Tuesday, May 14 and Wednesday, May 15, 2013. Volunteer opportunities are posted online at  Santa-Clarita.com/TourOfCA. Volunteers looking for an opportunity to participate in the eighth annual, high-profile race can apply online for positions including course marshal, security, media relations and medical control.

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International cycling teams will race through 750 miles of scenic landscape from southern to northern California over eight consecutive days from May 12-19, 2013, visiting 12 host cities with communities along the route getting the chance to see firsthand a lineup of some of the top cyclists in the world.

“Volunteering is truly a wonderful opportunity for community members to get involved in the race and help show the world what an incredible community we have here in Santa Clarita,” said Mayor Bob Kellar. “The support of our volunteers is vital to making the race a success as it passes through Santa Clarita, and without their help the Tour would not be able to accommodate all the fans and athletes who take part in the race.”

More than 4,000 volunteers in communities throughout the state participated in last year’s seventh annual race, making it seamless and successful from start to finish and establishing it as the largest sporting event in the state of California. With Santa Clarita being a stage host for two consecutive days, approximately 200 volunteers are anticipated to be needed for the 2013 running of the race.

For the 2013 race, the majority of volunteers are needed to serve as course marshals, providing support for the 75 professional course marshals that travel with the tour and support the local law enforcement authorities in each city. Course marshal volunteers have an opportunity to be on the race route, close to the cyclists, with responsibility for monitoring pedestrian traffic, barricades and street closures.

Volunteer positions for the 2013 Amgen Tour of California include:
Course Marshals
Media Support
Security
Volunteer Check-in
Hospitality
Volunteers must be over the age of 18 or accompanied by an adult. The online sign-up form offers volunteers the opportunity to rank their top-three job preferences, and every attempt is made to match volunteers to their areas of interest. Volunteers will be notified within a few weeks of signing up online and an orientation will be held in the following weeks.

If interested parties would like to volunteer outside the City of Santa Clarita, they can sign-up on the Amgen Tour of California’s official website set for one of the other stages. For further information regarding volunteering in Santa Clarita, contact Susana Coronel, Volunteer Programs Supervisor for the City of Santa Clarita at (661) 250-3726 or by email at scoronel@santa-clarita.com.

About Amgen
Amgen discovers, develops, manufactures and delivers innovative human therapeutics. A biotechnology pioneer since 1980, Amgen was one of the first companies to realize the new science’s promise by bringing safe and effective medicines from lab, to manufacturing plant, to patient. Amgen therapeutics have changed the practice of medicine, helping millions of people around the world in the fight against cancer, kidney disease, rheumatoid arthritis, and other serious illnesses. With a broad and deep pipeline of potential new medicines, Amgen remains committed to advancing science to dramatically improve people’s lives.

To learn more about Amgen’s pioneering science and vital medicines, visit www.amgen.com. To learn more about Amgen’s Breakaway from Cancer initiative, visit www.breakawayfromcancer.com.

About AEG (Tour Sponsor)
AEG is one of the leading sports and entertainment presenters in the world. AEG, a wholly owned subsidiary of The Anschutz Company, owns or controls a collection of companies including facilities such as STAPLES Center, The Home Depot Center, Sprint Center, The O2, NOKIA Theatre L.A. LIVE and NOKIA Theatre Times Square; sports franchises including the Los Angeles Kings (NHL), two Major League Soccer franchises, a Major League Lacrosse team, two hockey franchises operated in Europe, management of privately held shares of the Los Angeles Lakers, the ING Bay to Breakers foot race and the Amgen Tour of California cycling road race; AEG LIVE, the organization’s live-entertainment division, is a collection of companies dedicated to all aspects of live contemporary music performance, touring and a variety of programming and multi-media production. For more information, visit AEG today at www.aegworldwide.com.

Additional:
To view pictures of Starts and Finishes from previous years, visit http://www.flickr.com/photos/cityofsantaclarita.

To speak to a race official, please contact Eileen Tanner at (213) 438-8888 or by email at etanner@golinharris.com.

For more information on the Amgen Tour of California, visit the official site at www.AmgenTourofCalifornia.com.

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