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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 11, 2009

Contact:
CHERYL POPP
Sausalito Media Representative for Amgen Tour of California
(415) 331-4331
cheryl@poppinc.com

 

GOLDEN GATE FERRY PROVIDES EXTRA SERVICE TO SAUSALITO FOR AMGEN TOUR OF CALIFORNIA -- CYCLING FANS ARRIVE STEPS FROM STARTING LINE

SAUSALITO, CA – Golden Gate Ferry is providing extra service Monday, February 16 from San Francisco to Sausalito to ensure that cycling fans can arrive in time for the 8:30 AM start of Stage Two of the Amgen Tour of California professional cycling road race.  Don’t miss Lance or Levi as they prepare for an historic ride across the Golden Gate Bridge!   This will be the first time a bike race has crossed the bridge.

On the morning of the President’s Day holiday, ferry service will depart from the San Francisco Ferry Building at 7:00 a.m. and arrive in Sausalito at 7:30 a.m.  The ferry service arrives just steps from the starting line of the race, which is free for all to view.  Thousands of race fans are expected to line the streets along the route of the race, as the cyclists wind their way through Sausalito’s renowned bayfront downtown before heading across the Golden Gate Bridge toward the Stage Two finish line in Santa Cruz later that day.

Round-trip ferry service will continue frequently throughout the day.  Sausalito race organizers note that bicycles are permitted on all ferry boats and free valet bike parking will be available at the race.  Additional information about Monday’s ferry service may be obtained at www.goldengate.org.     

Following the Race Start at 8:30 AM, spectators may enjoy the Sausalito Bike Expo and Biker Brunch in the Big Bike Tent in downtown Sausalito where the race will be broadcast live on big screen TV.  Many local merchants are offering Race Day Specials, so fans are invited to stay for the day and catch a later ferry boat back to the City.

For the fourth consecutive year, Sausalito was chosen to host the Stage Start for the Tour, which attracts some of the world’s top riders in a race across more than 750 miles of scenic state highways, roadways and coastline drives.  Last year, the Tour drew 1.6 million spectators, setting records for a single sporting event in the State of California as well as for any cycling event ever held in the U.S. – in addition to generating $100 million in economic growth for the state throughout the eight days of the race.

Additional information is available online at www.tourofcalifornia-Sausalito.com, or by calling the City of Sausalito at 415-289-4152 or 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

 
ABOUT AMGEN

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