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PRESS RELEASE / ANNOUNCEMENTS Thursday, March 7, 2013

2013 Amgen Tour of California Recruiting Volunteers

Come be part of America’s Largest Cycling Event

The highlight of the U.S. cycling calendar is nearly here, and fans have the unique opportunity to experience America’s most prestigious professional cycling stage race, the 2013 Amgen Tour of California, from the inside.


Race organizers are recruiting nearly 350 volunteers to assist with the race finish and nearly 250 to assist with the race start along the course in Santa Barbara, May 15 – 16, 2013 respectively. Volunteer registration is now open at www.amgentourofcalifornia.com.

As one of the most anticipated professional cycling races on the international calendar, the Amgen Tour of California draws the world’s top cyclists to the Golden State to compete in front of millions of fans, as well as an international television audience. In 2013, for the first time in its eight years, the race will run from south to north, visiting 12 host cities for official stage starts and finishes.

Most of the volunteer positions available are Course Marshals, a critical race duty. Course Marshals are assigned along the race course to assist race staff and local law enforcement authorities in each city. They have the opportunity to be on the race route and close to the cyclists, helping to monitor pedestrian traffic, barricades and road closures.

“The Amgen Tour of California is the largest outdoor sporting event in California, and it literally takes a village to ensure the race and spectator experience is the best of any cycling event in the nation,” said Kristin Bachochin, executive director of the race and senior vice president of AEG Sports. “Our volunteers are the backbone of the race, not only in terms of the logistical support they provide, but in spreading their passion and enthusiasm for cycling to the millions of fans who will turn out across the state.”

Some of the course marshal volunteers will be selected for other race related services, such as media support, security and volunteer check-in. Volunteers must be over the age of 18 or accompanied by an adult. After filling out the online form at www.amgentourofcalifornia.com, applicants will be contacted periodically by their local organizing committee with further information.