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Volunteers needed for South Shore’s Amgen Tour of California bike race leg

The 2015 Amgen Tour of California began Stage 2 of its10th annual race on Broad Street in Nevada City, California. This year men's and women's races will land in South Lake Tahoe on Thursday, May 19.
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The South Lake Tahoe Organizing Committee is seeking 300 volunteers for the Amgen Tour of California men’s finish and women’s race at Lake Tahoe on Thursday, May 19. Highlights of the Amgen Tour of California bike races will include iconic vistas along the 72-mile circumference of Lake Tahoe, as well as spectacular backcountry terrain through Hope Valley.

The men’s elite race Stage 5 will begin in Lodi, California, at 10 a.m., and finish around 3:45 p.m. at Heavenly Mountain Resort’s California Base Lodge in South Lake Tahoe, totaling 132.4 miles. The women’s Stage 1, also at Heavenly, will start at 10:50 a.m. and finish approximately at 2 p.m., totaling 72.7 miles.

Thousands of volunteers across the state will join forces with race staff May 15-22 to support the international sporting event where the world’s top cyclists compete in front of millions of fans, as well as a global television audience. In all, the men’s eight stages and women’s four-day races will travel through 12 host cities for official stage starts and finishes.

The primary volunteer need is for course marshals, a critical role where the individual assists race staff and local law enforcement authorities along the route monitoring pedestrian traffic, road closures and keeping spectators informed as the race progresses. There are also base-area positions available, including security and check-in.

No experience is required and those interested in assisting the South Shore portion of the tour can register at http://www.amgentourofcalifornia.com/tour/volunteer. Registrants must be at least 18 years old or accompanied by an adult. Interested applicants should contact Mike Frye with Lake Tahoe Visitors Authority at mike@ltva.org or 775-588-5900, ext 309.

For more information about Amgen Tour of California, visit http://www.amgentourofcalifornia.com.