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AEG-sponsored California bike tour ends at AEG-owned L.A. Live

By Hayley Fox
Published: Friday, May 11, 2012, at 10:57AM
Flickr via earl.subejano

The Amgen California bike tour from 2010.

The Amgen Tour of California is an eight-day, 800-mile professional team cycling event that begins this Sunday in Santa Rosa and ends May 20 in downtown L.A.

Sixteen teams of cyclists will snake through San Francisco, Ontario, Bakersfield and other cities throughout the state as they make their way to Southern California.

Tim Leiweke, president and CEO of AEG, said in a statement that his goal is to one day have the Amgen tour rival the Tour de France.

"Our vision and mission has been to put cycling on the map in America while showcasing some of the best cyclists in the world who, have grown up here, have trained here, but have lacked the world class races that they have had to travel outside of the United States to find," said Leiweke.

This year, aspiring Angeleno cyclists can ride part of the bike course before the pros get there. On Sunday May 20 from 8 to 9:30 a.m., all levels of bikers can ride a 5-mile, closed-circuit route that will begin and end at the official race's finish line in Downtown L.A.

The course will begin at L.A. Live and head up Olive Street, past Pershing Square and the Biltmore before continuing up a steep incline towards Disney Hall. The riders will eventually reach City Hall before looping back towards the Jewelery District and ending near the Staples Center.


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