South Lake Tahoe to host Tour of California women’s stages
South Lake Tahoe will play host to the first two stages of an expanded women’s cycling race at the 2015 Amgen Tour of California, according to an announcement from race organizers this week.
The stages will take place May 8-9 and will be part of the lead up to the start of the men’s race on May 10 in Sacramento.
“Hosting the first two segments of the women’s race for the Amgen Tour of California’s 10th anniversary provides an opportunity to challenge these athletes with our natural environment while elevating awareness of women’s racing as a prestigious sport,” said Carol Chaplin, executive director of the Lake Tahoe Visitors Authority, in a statement. “Tahoe South and our partners are looking forward to welcoming the competitors, sponsors, fans and media to our area where the local culture enthusiastically supports, inspires, embraces and appreciates the sport.”
The woman’s race concludes in Sacramento on May 10. Top-ranked female time trialists will also be invited to race against the clock prior to the men’s individual time trial in Big Bear Lake.
“AEG has always been proud to support women’s cycling and is pleased to once again expand its women’s competition to four days,” said Kristin Bachochin, executive director of the Amgen Tour of California and senior vice president of AEG Sports, in a statement. “Hosting four days of women’s cycling, fans will have the opportunity to watch the immense talents and achievements of the best women cyclists from around the world.”
The 2015 men’s race is similar in style to the Tour de France and will cover nearly 700 miles and includes Sacramento, Nevada City, Lodi, San Jose, Pismo Beach, Avila Beach, Santa Barbara, Santa Clarita, Big Bear Lake, Ontario, Mount Baldy, Los Angeles and Pasadena among its host cities.
South Lake Tahoe and Squaw Valley were among the planned host cities for the 2011 Amgen Tour of California, but the Tahoe stages of the race were cancelled due to rider safety concerns brought on by snowy conditions.
For more information on the 2015 Amgen Tour of California, visit http://www.amgentourofcalifornia.com.