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February 11, 2009

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Cheryl Popp

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SAUSALITO TOUR DE CUISINE BRINGS CYCLING FANS MARIN’S FINEST GOURMET FARE

Sausalito, CA -- On the evening before the President’s Day Stage Two Start of the Amgen Tour of California professional cycling race in Sausalito, elite riders from around the world will be on a strict intake of macronutrients, carbohydrates and electrolytes. 

But not the revelers at the 4th Annual Sausalito Tour de Cuisine.      

On Sunday, February 15, from 5-10 PM, the City of Sausalito and Sausalito Chamber of Commerce are once again hosting the popular “Tour de Cuisine”. While the riders – who are all staying in Marin County that night -- will be on their Spartan regimen, upwards of 500 race fans will be enjoying some of the finest cuisine and wine that Marin County has to offer.

Over 50 Marin County restaurants and Northern California wineries will set up shop in the Big Bike Tent in downtown Sausalito. The $75 admission to the event includes an evening of all-you-can-eat sumptuous sampling, elegant wine tasting, live music, and dancing to the beat of the Sun Kings, a Beatles cover band.

Dr. Massimo (Max)Testa, renown cycling trainer, physician and exercise physiologist who has worked with Lance Armstrong, will make a brief presentation, sign copies of his new book Faster, Better, Stronger (co-authored with Dr. Eric Heiden) and be available for informal Q&A.  A cycling-wear fashion show and silent auction are also included in the evening.

Proceeds from the Sausalito Stage Two Tour de Cuisine will benefit the Marin County Bicycle Coalition, Trips for Kids and Sausalito Bikes for Kids.

Restaurants that will be serving choice foods from their menus include: Angelinos, Buena Vista Coffee, Café DiVino, Citrus & Spice, Dees Organic Donuts, E&O Trading Company, Golden Gate Farmer’s Market, Guaymas, Horizons, ITK, Lapperts Ice Cream, Left Bank, Le Garage, Marin Farmer’s Market, Maria Maria, Melting Pot, Midnight Kitchen, Cavallo’s Murray Circle, Paradise Bay, Piccolo Teatro, Poggio’s, Saylors South of the Border, Servino, Sol Food, Spinnaker, Spring Hill, Sushi Ran, Sweet Cheeses, Taste of Rome, The Bean Coffee Company.

Wineries that will be pouring include: Burgess, Carneros Creek, De Loach, Diamond Oaks, EOS, Frank Family, Gekkeikan Sake, Gloria Ferrer, Gunlach Bundschu, Heron, Louis Latour, Luis Felipe Edwards, Michael-David, Primus, Sake2Me, St. Clement, St. Supery, Starry Night, Susan Cellars, Taz, Veramonte, Wildhurst, and Yellow Jersey.

The Bubble Lounge -- back by popular demand – will feature champagnes and sparkling wines; don’t miss the sake-tasting or Dessert Row with its sweet treats and coffee bar. New this year is a “Made in Marin” section featuring select foods from local farmer’s markets.

The Tour de Cuisine is one of many events that the Sausalito Chamber of Commerce and other local civic groups have scheduled throughout the President’s Day Weekend culminating in the historic Stage Two start of the Amgen Tour of California which will cross the Golden Gate Bridge to Santa Cruz on Monday, February 16th.  It will be the first time that a bike race has ever crossed the bridge. And while the cyclists have to be up at 5:30 AM to ingest a big breakfast well in advance of the 8:30 AM race start, the party hearty crew from the night before can sleep in a bit more and enjoy a Bloody Mary at the Biker’s Brunch in Sausalito while they watch the race live on big screen TVs. The Tour de Cuisine Big Bike Tent stage from the night before will have been transformed into a Bike Expo and Biker Brunch buffet.

Tickets for the Tour de Cuisine and Biker’s Brunch are available online at www.tourofcalifornia-Sausalito.com, or by calling the City of Sausalito at 415-289-4152. The Race and Bike Expo are FREE events. For additional information on weekend events, call the Sausalito Race Hotline at 415-289-4109.


ABOUT THE ATOC
Since its 2006 inaugural, the Amgen Tour of California has become one of the pre-eminent professional cycling events in the world with over 100 international cyclists traversing over 700 miles of scenic state highways, back roads and coastline from northern to southern California.  An extra day and more varied terrain have been added to the route for 2009 which now starts in Sacramento.

Riding for Team Astana, legendary cyclist and 7-time winner of the Tour de France, Lance Armstrong will be in the peloton, as will ATOC defending champion Levi Leipheimer of Santa Rosa.  It will be Armstrong’s first race on U.S. soil since coming out of retirement.

The 2008 event drew 1.8 million spectators – the record for a single sporting event in the State of California, as well as for any cycling event ever held in the U.S.   Tour officials estimated that the 2008 race generated $100 million in economic growth for the state. Local merchants in Sausalito also benefited from the influx of visitors over the race weekend.

With stunning bay vistas and waterfront views, and now the Golden Gate Bridge, Sausalito will once again provide a dramatic backdrop for the Amgen Tour of California. The city is again planning a week of race-related activities for locals and visitors alike including the popular Tour de Cuisine.

ABOUT AEG
The Amgen Tour of California is produced by The Anshutz Entertainment Group (AEG) -- one of the leading sports and entertainment presenters in the world with a collection of companies including facilities such as STAPLES Center, The Home Depot Center, Toyota Park, Toyota Sports Center, Anaheim Convention Center Arena, El Rey Theatre, Colosseum at Caesars Palace, NOKIA Theatre at Grand Prairie and NOKIA Theatre Times Square; sports franchises including the Los Angeles Kings (NHL), Los Angeles Riptide (MLL), four Major League Soccer franchises,  two hockey franchises operated in Europe, management of privately held shares of the Los Angeles Lakers (NBA) and Los Angeles Sparks (WNBA), the ING Bay to Breakers foot race and the Amgen Tour of California cycling road race. AEG LIVE, the organization’s live-entertainment division, is a collection of companies dedicated to all aspects of live contemporary music performance, touring and a variety of programming and multi-media production.  Additionally, the company has begun fully developing London’s 28-acre Millennium Dome which includes a 23,000-seat arena, the O2 and over 650,000sf of leisure and entertainment use within the ‘Dome’ and additional arenas, The O2 World on a 45-acre site in the heart of Berlin, Citizen’s Business Bank Arena  in Ontario, California, Sprint Center in Kansas City, Missouri as well as Red Bull Park, a soccer stadium in Harrison, New Jersey and L.A. Live, a $2.5 billion sports and entertainment district in downtown Los Angeles.  For more information, visit AEG today at www.aegworldwide.com

 
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