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Parties, Events And Entertainment Lead Up to the Amgen Tour of California

Monday, March 21st, 2011

The party starts at the top too! Lake Tahoe is hosting a 10-day celebration as a countdown before the largest cycling event in North America, the 2011 Amgen Tour of California, with concerts, family activities and bike-related events, May 5-14, in preparation for the Stage 1 Start and Finish of the race (May 15) and the Stage 2 Start (May 16).

 

Lake Tahoe Basin residents and cycling enthusiasts are pumped to make Tahoe’s 10-Day Countdown to the tour special and like no other event with Cinco de Mayo parties, the Opening Gala and Team Introduction, Lake Tahoe Legends Ride, Spirit Bike Parade, wine dinners, showroom entertainment, live music and more. The tour’s Local Organizing Committee invites visitors and residents to grab their bike helmets and hold on as the countdown to the tour begins…

 

Ten (May 5)…

The Hard Rock Cafe at Harveys Lake Tahoe is hosting the official b kick-off party, Friday, May 5, with percentage of the evening’s proceeds donated to Amgen’s title sponsor, Breakaway from Cancer, an initiative that helps empower people affected by cancer.

 

Observing the May 5 kickoff, what better way to celebrate than going to as many Cinco de Mayo parties as possible? The Blue Agave, Tahoe Biltmore Lodge & Casino and the Crystal Bay Club Casino are all hosting festive parties to commemorate the launch of the 2011 Amgen Tour of California.

 

Nine (May 6)…

Sammy Hagar and the Wabos will be playing at Harrah’s South Shore Room on Friday, May 6 and Saturday, May 7, while the historic Bar of America in Truckee will host DJ Zeb Early. 

 

Eight (May 7)…

Tahoe’s nightclubs will be stocked and ready for weekend partiers. Opal, Vex and Crystal Bay Club, along with the Village at Squaw Valley, will keep the beats bumping May 6-7 and 13-14.

 

Seven, Six, Five (May 8-10)…

At South Shore casinos throughout the week, visitors and locals can view One Voice Starring Bethany Owen at the Horizon, The Improv at Harveys with host and emcee Howie Nave, and the infamous Party with Arty at Harrah’s South Lake Tahoe. 

 

During the 10-day countdown, live music can be found at various venues around the lake, including: Cabo Wabo Cantina, Mc P’s Pub, Crystal Bay Club Casino and Bar of America. 

 

Four (May 11)…

The Biking for a Better World Winemaker Dinner is Wed., May 11 at PlumpJack Squaw Valley Inn. Dinner will support an organization that brings accessibility to communities in need around the world.

 

Three (May 12)…
The Slow Rollers Bicycle Club presents the Spirit Bike Parade where all types of bikes and costumes are encouraged – almost mandatory. Bikes will be rolling from the “Y” (the intersection of HWY 89 and HWY 50) across town to the Stage 1 Start at MontBleu Resort Casino & Spa, on May 12.

 

In North Lake Tahoe, the Squaw Valley Institute hosts “Soulcycler, Around the World Bike Tour” with local photographer/cycling enthusiast, Rick Gunn.

Barton Health 2011 Lecture Series features topics ranging from nutrition, preventing injuries, maximizing performance and more. A local professional trainer will present ‘Pedaling to Peak Performance,’ at Embassy Suites, May 12, 6 – 8 p.m.
 

 

Two (May 13)…

The Opening Gala and Official Team Introduction is Friday, May 13 at MontBleu Resort Casino & Spa. For a black tie evening attendees will get to rub elbows with the pros, indulge in a four-course meal, host bar and silent auction. For tickets and details: 2011 Race Opening Gala.

 

The Village at Squaw Valley will hosts a free outdoor cycling movie, Breaking Away (1979), directed by Peter Yates and starring Dennis Quaid.  And at the Crystal Bay Club, Jackie Greene and Band will have you moving and grooving until the early morning hours.

 

One (May 14)…

The inaugural Start at the Top – Lake Tahoe Legends Ride, allows cycling enthusiasts to ride the Stage 1 first lap and compare their time to the pros, Saturday, May 14.   

 

The North Lake Tahoe Bike Swap, the Tahoe City Street Dance: right downtown, right under the stars and the 3rd Annual Wellness Weekend at the Hyatt Regency Lake Tahoe all take place on May 14.

 

Eric Burdon & the Animals will be playing at Harrah’s South Shore Room on the eve of the Stage 1 start, Saturday, May 14.  

 

Throughout the first day of the race, various events will be taking place between the north and south shores of Lake Tahoe. For full details and a schedule of events.

 

Amgen Tour of California Overall Start…(May 15)

Stage 1 of the 2011 Amgen Tour of California is Sunday, May 15. The peloton begins at its highest start elevation in six years, 6,300 feet above sea level in South Lake Tahoe. After a lap and a half around the Lake, Stage 1 finishes at Northstar-at-Tahoe Resort. Stage 2 starts at Squaw Valley USA on Monday, May 16.

 

As part of the Stage 1 start on May 15, a special program, Breakaway from Cancer, will honor a Lake Tahoe cancer survivor, patient, caregiver or advocate who has made a difference within their community or proved an inspiration. In addition to leading the walk just prior to the Stage 1 finish at Northstar-at-Tahoe Resort, Lake Tahoe’s designee, a resident of the area, will receive special access to the tour, podium recognition and presentation ceremony involvement. Nominations from the public will be accepted online through Tuesday, March 22.

 

The Lifestyle Festival is May 15, 11 a.m. – 6 p.m., at the Stage 1 Finish at Northstar-at-Tahoe, and will feature a health and fitness expo, cancer awareness education, cycling gear, family activities, bike safety, food and entertainment.

 

Find the best viewing points, where to catch the riders up close, a complete list of events and lodging accommodations.  Follow us on Twitter and Facebook. For details about the Tour and information about volunteering, visit Amgen Tour of California.

Nominate a Breakaway from Cancer Champion

Friday, March 4th, 2011

Breakaway from Cancer is looking for nominations for “Breakaway from Cancer” Champions for 2011. Five individuals – one from each of the 2011 Amgen Tour of California communities of Lake Tahoe, Sacramento, Modesto, Paso Robles, and the Conejo Valley (Thousand Oaks, Westlake Village, and Agoura Hills) – who have made a positive impact and acted as an inspiration to those affected by cancer within their community will be selected as the “Breakaway from Cancer” Champions.

 

“Breakaway from Cancer” Champions are granted special access to the 2011 Amgen Tour of California, award a jersey to a professional cyclist, be recognized on stage, and lead the Breakaway Mile through their community. Sponsored by Amgen, the Breakaway Mile takes place at the finish line of the Amgen Tour of California to honor the millions of cancer survivors worldwide.

 

Read more about Breakaway from Cancer and nominate a Champion here.

 

Beginning with the inaugural race in 2006, the Amgen Tour of California quickly became the most successful race in the United States with economic benefits to the state, global recognition and a high level of competition. The race also set records in attendance for a single sporting event in California, as well as any cycling event ever held on U.S. soil, with more than 2 million spectators in previous years.

 

The North Lake Tahoe Resort Association and the Lake Tahoe Visitors Authority are spearheading promotional and sponsorship efforts for the Lake Tahoe Stage 1 Start, Stage 1 Finish and Stage 2 Start, and serve on the Amgen Tour of California Lake Tahoe Local Organizing Committee. Stage 1 of the race is presented by Michelob Ultra, and Stage 2 is presented by the California Travel & Tourism Commission (CTTC).

 

In previous years, the race has drawn some of the world’s most recognizable and respected riders, such as top Tour de France competitors, world champions and Olympic medalists including Tom Boonen, Oscar Freire, Paolo Bettini, Fabian Cancellara, Carlos Sastre, Ivan Basso, George Hincapie, Mark Cavendish and Andy Schleck.

 

Learn about the best viewing points, where to catch the riders up close, a complete list of events (including the Tahoe 10-Day Countdown leading up to the race) and lodging accommodations.