2010-05-20 / Front Page

Amgen Tour of California rides into town on Sunday

By Stephanie Bertholdo bertholdo@theacorn.com

Amgen Tour of  California—Stage 8 Overall Finish Staging Area – The Oaks Shopping Center Amgen Tour of California—Stage 8 Overall Finish Staging Area – The Oaks Shopping Center As one of the finish-line hosts for the Amgen Tour of California on Sun., May 23, Agoura Hills will join two other cities and present a variety of events to help spectators enjoy what is being billed as America’s own Tour de Francestyle bicycle race.

The city announced several special venues for spectator viewing of Stage 8, the final leg of the weeklong race.

The largest cycling event in America, the 2010 Amgen Tour is being presented by AEG Sports, a group that challenges the world’s top professional cycling teams to ride a demanding course while raising awareness for cancer.

Among the cyclists competing in this year’s event are Lance Armstrong, threetime defending champ Levi Leipheimer, 2010 early leader Brett Lancaster and this year’s stage-three winner David Zabriskie.

Festivities in Agoura Hills, Thousand Oaks and Westlake Village will begin Sat., May 22. Although the Stage 8 time trials do not start in the Conejo Valley until Sunday, a wine and food festival hosted by Malibu Family Wines is scheduled for 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday at Saddleback Ranch. Chefs from 11 restaurants will serve food, and guests can watch the Stage 7 time trials live from downtown Los Angeles

on a JumboTron screen.

Amy Brink, director of community services for Agoura Hills, said that Fabio Viviani, the owner of Firenze Osteria Italian Restaurant in North Hollywood and a finalist on the television show “Top Chef,” will make an appearance.

In addition to food and wine— including a limited edition King of the Mountains Cuvee—the festival will feature bike demos as well as cycling gear and other merchandise from vendors.

When the bicyclists come through the Conejo Valley on Sun., May 23, several viewing stations will be available to the public:

Race start viewing area: The Oaks mall, 350 W. Hillcrest Drive, Thousand Oaks— Professional cyclists will be at the site to sign autographs. A shuttle to the race start is accessible from the mall parking. A “transfer voucher” for a shuttle to the race finish is required. The Oaks will also extend its hours for race weekend: 10 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Sat., May 22, and 8:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sun., May 23. The cyclists will leave the mall at 12:30 p.m. in a warm-up ride to the Westlake Village starting line.

Early lap viewing area: Cornell Corner at Cornell and Agoura roads in Agoura Hills— Watch the cyclists begin their 21-mile loop through the Santa Monica Mountains from a variety of restaurants along Agoura Road, including Moz Buddha Lounge, Ladyface Ale Companie, Padri Restaurant & Martini Bar and Whizin’s Market Square. Paid parking will be available at Kanan Road and Whizin’s Market Square.

Bicycle valet parking is available at many of the viewing stations.

In addition to restaurants hosting events related to the Amgen bike tour, many hotels, bakeries, shops and night clubs are gearing up to accommodate thousands of tourists.

“We want visitors to discover just how unique Agoura Hills is,” Agoura Hills City Councilmember Harry Schwarz said.

Mid-race viewing area: Saddlerock Ranch, 32111 Mulholland Hwy., Malibu— Admission wristband is $30 to attend “Race Day at the Ranch” hosted by Malibu Family Wines. While watching the racers ride by on each of their four laps, guests can relax at the ranch’s vineyard. Food and parking at additional cost. Due to road closures and congestion, guests must arrive by noon. A shuttle to the ranch from Agoura Hills will be available.

Start and finish area: 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at Hyatt Westlake Plaza, 880 S. West lake Blvd., Westlake Village— In addition to a lifestyle festival with a health and fitness expo, and cancer awareness education, the finish area will feature a beer and wine garden, entertainment, bike safety demos, food vendors, the race peloton for four circuits and the final finish for the ultimate 2010 Amgen Tour of California Champion. Paid parking will be available at multiple locations with a transfer shuttle to the race start.

For more information about viewing the Amgen Tour of California in Agoura Hills, call Amy Brink at (818) 597-7361 or e-mail ajbrink@ci.agoura-hills.ca.us. For more information about up-to-date race results, visit the Amgen Tour website at amgentourofcalifornia. com.

In a Nutshell

Amgen Tour Stage 8


•Kick-off and “neutral start” begins at 12:30 p.m. at The Oaks shopping center.

•Racers will parade east down Thousand Oaks Boulevard, passing the Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza and The Lakes, both excellent spots to catch the riders warming up.

•After receiving the “green flag” on Townsgate Road (near the Hyatt Westlake), the cyclists will continue through Westlake Village and Agoura Hills along Agoura Road.

•Riders will make four, 21- mile circuit loops through the steep inclines of the Santa Monica Mountains.

•The race will end on Townsgate Road in Westlake Village between 3:40 p.m. and 4:10 p.m. Sun., May 23.

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