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Amgen Bike Race Starts in Livermore

Livermore will be the start city for Stage 4 of the prestigious Amgen Tour of California bike race.

After being a "pass-through" city in past years, Livermore will be a start city for Stage 4 of the Amgen Tour of California bike race May 18. 

A Tour de France-style cycling competition, the race attracts world-class riders. Stage 4, an 83-mile route from Livermore to San Jose, is the only Bay Area segment of the race.

Hosting this event brings international prominence to Livermore, fills its hotels, brings residents and visitors to its restaurants and shops, and creates a family friendly, fun experience. 

Livermore Chamber of Commerce CEO said, "A race of this prominence brings not only prestige to the area, but thousands of race fans eager to be a part of the excitement. Amateur bicyclists often return to an area after the tour to challenge themselves on the professional's route. Livermore businesses can expect to see long-reaching benefits from the Tour de California."

Nearly 300 volunteers will be needed for the Livermore stage. These include course marshals, security and media operations. You can be a part of the excitement by registering to volunteer on the Amgen tour site. 

Festivities begin downtown about 9 a.m. with activities that include a Breakaway from Cancer survivors walk, merchandise sales and crew alley, where you can get up close and personal with the team crews. 

Course Route

The race starts at 11:45 a.m. from the corner of First and L streets, heading east with a parade loop through downtown Livermore along South Livermore Avenue, Third Street, north on P Street and then First Street again.

Next, the cyclists will ride along East Avenue, Vasco Road and then Patterson Pass Road. After the Cross Road loop, riders will emerge on Tesla Road with a final turn on Mines Road as they head for San Jose via challenging Mount Hamilton. 

Spectators are welcome all along the route.

For More Information

For more information about the , and to register to volunteer, visit www.amgentourofcalifornia.com. Click on the Livermore page for more details. Questions? Call the at 925-960-4040.

Bill Davis March 24, 2011 at 01:19 PM
We took the boys downtown last year for the race and they LOVED it (even though it was just a blur of bicycles for about 20 seconds and then it was over). This is a great event for Livermore. Great article, Tom.
Thomas Petty March 24, 2011 at 02:35 PM
Thanks, Bill. There will be lots to do before and after, so everyone will have a great time!
Tim March 24, 2011 at 03:33 PM
Thank you for sharing the race details, I've been wondering how things would unfold downtown. What a great event for Livermore to be involved with. I'm looking forward to taking the kids down to enjoy.

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