PRESS RELEASE

City of Long Beach 
Public Information Office
333 W. Ocean Blvd, 
Long Beach, CA 90802

10/26/2017
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEPress Release # CM:102617B
Subject:
Long Beach Selected to Kick Off 2018 Amgen Tour of California, Renowned Cycling Event
Contact:
Kevin Lee, Interim Public Affairs Officer
City Manager’s Office
562.570.6811
Kevin.Lee@longbeach.gov




Today, AEG, owner and presenter of the Amgen Tour of California, announced that the City of Long Beach, on May 13, 2018, will host the first stage of the seven-day men’s cycling event. The race will travel north from Long Beach, with ten other California cities hosting through the finish in Sacramento.

“As a City that is committed to bikeability and healthy active living, we couldn’t be more proud to host the Amgen Tour of California,” said Long Beach Mayor, Robert Garcia. “We look forward to welcoming these extraordinary athletes, and we promise stunning views as Long Beach is the only host that boasts a booming downtown on a waterfront.”

2018 will mark the 13th edition of the race which has gained recognition as America’s premier cycling stage race. Some of the world’s best cyclists will compete along over 600 miles of highways, roadways and coastlines. The race is designed to cover a variety of terrain, allowing different types of cyclists opportunities to excel throughout the week depending on their specialized skillsets.

This is the first time in 11 years that the race will visit Long Beach, and is the 11th consecutive year the event has featured an international platform for both men’s and women’s racing. The Amgen Tour of California Women's Race empowered with SRAM, will run concurrently May 17-19, and will cover three stages solely in northern California. The cycling events are the only U.S. races on the UCI WorldTour calendar.

2018 RACE SCHEDULE

DATE                       MEN                                                        WOMEN                   

Sun., May 13      Stage 1 Long Beach

Mon., May 14     Stage 2 Ventura to Santa Barbara County (Gibraltar Road)

Tues., May 15    Stage 3 King City to Monterey County (Mazda Raceway     Laguna Seca)

Wed., May 16     Stage 4 San Jose (Time Trial)                                                  

Thurs., May 17   Stage 5 Stockton to Elk Grove                  Stage 1 Elk Grove

Fri., May 18        Stage 6 Folsom to South Lake Tahoe       Stage 2 South Lake Tahoe

Sat., May 19       Stage 7 Sacramento                                   Stage 3 Sacramento             

Host City information and a highlight video are available at www.amgentourofcalifornia.com and https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KxfHJyTpjkY (downloadable HD broadcast press version at www.amgentourofcalifornia.com/media-resources).

 “The 2018 Amgen Tour of California will captivate fans everywhere with all-star pelotons and new routes that showcase the incredible beauty of the Golden State,” said Kristin Klein, president of the Amgen Tour of California and executive vice president of AEG Sports. “With a mix of Host Cities that highlight the diversity of California – from urban to remote, ocean to desert, forests to mountains – the race continues its tradition as a dynamic and anticipated event on the international calendar.”

Title sponsor Amgen has been a race partner since race inception. In 2005, Amgen launched Breakaway from Cancer®, its national initiative to increase awareness of important resources available to people affected by cancer – from prevention through survivorship. To learn more, visit breakawayfromcancer.com and breakawayfromheartdisease.com.

“At Amgen, our mission is to serve patients, and for more than 35 years we have reached millions of people with our medicines,” said Laura Hamill, senior vice president, U.S Business Operations, Amgen. “Our sponsorship of the Amgen Tour of California gives us a platform to discuss, educate and empower people to have hope and believe in drug innovation to live a longer, healthier life.”

Cycling fans can watch the race along the course for free or experience it as a VIP from an all-inclusive hospitality tent. To learn about exclusive opportunities, visit amgentourofcalifornia.com/vipaccess or call 213-742-7145. 

About the City of Long Beach

Home to approximately 470,000 people, the multiple award-winning and innovative City of Long Beach offers all the world-class amenities of a large metropolitan city while maintaining a strong sense of individual and diverse neighborhoods nestled together along the California coast. Long Beach is home to the Queen Mary, Aquarium of the Pacific, several museums and theaters, a highly-rated school district, Long Beach Airport, the Port of Long Beach, as well as many award-winning City departments such as Health, Parks, Recreation and Marine, Development Services and more. The City also has a highly-respected university and city college, two historic ranchos, five hospitals, five golf courses, 170 parks, miles of beaches, marinas, bike paths, and a Bike Share program.

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About Amgen

Amgen is committed to unlocking the potential of biology for patients suffering from serious illnesses by discovering, developing, manufacturing and delivering innovative human therapeutics. This approach begins by using tools like advanced human genetics to unravel the complexities of disease and understand the fundamentals of human biology.

Amgen focuses on areas of high unmet medical need and leverages its expertise to strive for solutions that improve health outcomes and dramatically improve people's lives. A biotechnology pioneer since 1980, Amgen has grown to be one of the world's leading independent biotechnology companies, has reached millions of patients around the world and is developing a pipeline of medicines with breakaway potential.

For more information, visit www.amgen.com and follow us on www.twitter.com/amgen.

About AEG

Headquartered in Los Angeles, California, AEG is the world’s leading sports and live entertainment company. With offices on five continents, AEG operates in the following business segments: AEG Facilities, which is affiliated with or owns, manages or consults with more than 120 preeminent arenas, stadiums, theaters, clubs and convention centers around the world including STAPLES Center, The O2 Arena, the Sprint Center and the Mercedes-Benz Arenas; AEG Live, which is dedicated to all aspects of live contemporary music performances, including producing and promoting global and regional concert tours, music and special events and world-renowned festivals; AEG Real Estate, which develops world-class venues, as well as major sports and entertainment districts like STAPLES Center and L.A. LIVE; AEG Sports, which is the world’s largest operator of sports franchises and high-profile sporting events; and AEG Global Partnerships, which oversees worldwide sales and servicing of sponsorships including naming rights, premium seating and other strategic partnerships. Through its worldwide network of venues, portfolio of powerful sports and music brands, AXS.com ticketing platform, AXS cable television channel and its integrated entertainment districts, AEG entertains more than 100 million guests annually. More information about AEG can be found at www.aegworldwide.com.