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Amgen, Again

bike racersThe Amgen Tour of California will once again feature a finishing line in Santa Cruz County this year. Stage two of the 2012 bicycle race, to be held on May 14, will start in San Francisco’s Marina District and wrap up at Cabrillo College in Aptos. In between, cyclists will pedal south for 117 miles, first on Highway 1 and then through Bonny Doon. Marketing Director Albert Saporta says the racers could be whizzing into Aptos between 3:15 and 4:30 p.m., weather permitting. “With only 8,000 feet of elevation gain over 117 miles, this stage will be fast,” Saporta says. “That means a sprint finish will probably be the order of the day, with speeds hitting 30 to 40 [miles per hour] running down Soquel Drive from Soquel to Cabrillo College.” Keeps tabs on the event at or on Facebook.

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written by Roadie49, February 24, 2012
Congrats to SC County for working to get an ATOC stage back in our beautiful county! I believe our county has the most challenging and beautiful roads for the Pro Tour riders. In 2009, I stood in the 40-degree pouring rain (cats and dogs pouring) on Bonny Doon Road (Category 3 climb) with great anticipation for the riders to crank up the mountain...I wasn't disappointed, as a battle ensued between Carlos Barredo (Quick-Step), Levi Leipheimer (Astana), Vincenzo Nibali (Liquigas), Jason McCartney (Saxo Bank) and Thomas Peterson (Garmin-Slipstream). Ultimately, Levi overtook all on that slick, cold climb -- he blew past, cranking out of the saddle, to be his well-timed attack for the overall GC. Though Thomas Peterson won the stage that day, Levi took over the yellow jersey, and the rest, they say, is history.

If you've never seen a pro bike race, go see this year's Tour of California (Stage 2) in Santa Cruz County, whether you crave hill-climbing and front-row "seats," or love the thrill of the final sprint for the stage win at Cabrillo College, get there -- it's so worth it! And it's FREE! What other sport offers world-class athletes from all over the world on a stage for all to enjoy, for FREE?!

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