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Mayor Faulconer Welcomes World-Class Cycling Event, AMGEN Tour of California to San Diego

Mayor Kicks Off America's Biggest and Most Prestigious Cycling Event in San Diego This Weekend

Friday, May 13, 2016 - NEWS RELEASE

SAN DIEGO – Working to put San Diego under an international spotlight and bolster the city’s tourism economy and jobs, Mayor Kevin L. Faulconer welcomed the world-class Amgen Tour of California, America's biggest and most prestigious cycling event, at a kickoff event this afternoon. The Amgen Tour will attract over 170 riders, 2 million spectators and an international television audience with 14 hours of coverage on NBC Sports Network and NBC Sports. Organizers estimate that the tour will generate a total of $100 million for the San Diego region. Direct and indirect revenue from the tour is estimated at $2 to $3 million.

Mayor Faulconer and San Diego’s cycling community kicked off the weekend for this year’s Amgen Tour of California. The cycling road race challenges the world’s top cycling teams to compete along a demanding 8-day course through iconic Golden State terrain. Widely viewed as a precursor to the Tour de France, the race draws international attention and coverage and includes more than 170 riders or 16 to 18 teams from around the world. Many Tour de France competitors, world champions and Olympians often compete in this race. Stage one and the overall start of the race is set for May 15th in San Diego at Ski Beach in Mission Bay

Charles Chamberlayne at (619) 453-9911 or [email protected]

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