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Amgen Take Two

bicycle_coastlineThe Amgen Tour will lay its finishing line in Santa Cruz once again
At a press conference held at Bicycle Trip on Soquel Avenue on Thursday, Oct. 22, Mayor Cynthia Mathews officially announced that Stage 3 of the Amgen Bike Race, the race's only coastal route, will be finishing in Santa Cruz.
"We are delighted to be bringing this international race back to Santa Cruz... it elevates the sport of cycling and our cycling industry here to the national stage where we belong." says Mathews.
Matt Twissleman, chairman of the Santa Cruz Local Organizing Committee, says he was pleased with the decision to move the race from February to May of next year.  "We see this as a huge positive," says Twissleman. "The weather's gonna be great in May."  He went on to say great weather is not only better for cyclists and spectators but also opens up the state geographically.  "Now they can bring it to the Sierras... it's going to be longer and harder," he says.
The race will have eight stages and last from May 16 to May 23, coming to Santa Cruz on the 18th.
Karen Kefauver, social media chair for the event in Santa Cruz, will be posting information about the race on Twitter under the name TOCSantaCruz, and urges people to join the Facebook page "2010 Amgen Tour of California - Santa Cruz Stage 3."  More information can also be found at amgentourofcalifornia.com.
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