Gayle Anderson was live in Santa Clarita to check on the progress of the Amgen Tour of California, described by the organization as “America’s Greatest Race.”
As America’s most successful cycling race, the Amgen Tour of California is one of the nation’s largest and most recognized annual sporting events. An eight-day event, this prestigious cycling road race features elite professional teams and athletes from around the world. One of only two American races listed as a UCI 2.HC event on the international professional cycling calendar, the Amgen Tour of California awards important, world-ranking points to the top finishers. The Amgen Tour of California brings the drama and excitement of professional cycling to California for the eighth consecutive year in 2013.
This year, 16 of the world’s top professional cycling teams will compete in the most challenging course that includes approximately 750 miles of scenic California highways and roadways. With a reputation for attracting prominent teams, the 2013 race includes UCI ProTeams such as BMC Racing Team [USA], Cannondale Pro Cycling [ITA], Omega Pharma – Quick-Step Cycling Team [BEL], ORICA GreenEDGE [AUS], RADIOSHACK LEOPARD TREK [LUX], Team Garmin-Sharp [USA], Team Saxo-Tinkoff [DK], Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team [NL] .The Pro Continental and Continental Teams are represented by Champion System Pro Cycling Team [CN], Team NetApp-Endura [DE], UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team [USA], 5-hour ENERGY presented by Kenda Racing Team [USA], BISSELL Pro Cycling [USA], Bontrager Cycling Team [USA], Optum Pro Cycling presented by Kelly Benefit Strategies [USA], Team Jamis – Hagens Berman [USA].
The 2013 Amgen Tour of California once again included a broadcast partnership with the Amaury Sports Organization (ASO), owner of the Tour de France. ASO brought its Tour de France television production team to California and shot the entire race in HD. Additionally, the Amgen Tour of California was broadcast live in HD on NBC and NBC Sports Network, the race was seen in more than 216 countries and territories worldwide through more than 28 hours of coverage.
The 2012 Amgen Tour of California drew more than 2 million spectators during the annual eight-day race, which featured a talented field of international and domestic professional cycling teams. The cyclists competed over a challenging, nearly 750-mile course from May 13-20, 2012.
The creator, owner and producer of the Amgen Tour of California is California-based sports and entertainment presenter AEG Sports. Management and cycling specialists Medalist Sports serves as the logistical arm of the race, with California-based Amgen serving as the event’s title sponsor. All three of these race partners have held these roles since the inception of the Amgen Tour of California in 2006.
AEG remains committed to presenting the Amgen Tour of California as a free sporting event that is a dedicated to promoting the great sport of road cycling, healthy living and bicycle safety. AEG is also committed to the local communities that host the race as a means of increasing tourism and economic development throughout the state of California, as well as educating Californians and enthusiasts worldwide about maintaining a healthy lifestyle.
To learn more about the tour and watch the progress of the professional bike riders, take a look at the Amgen Tour of California website.
By the way, KTLA continues its “Lose 5 with 5″ campaign. May is National Bike Month and this week is National Bike to Work Week, both focus on the health, economic and environmental benefits of biking. National Bike to Work Week is part of National Bike Month, a month long celebration sponsored by the League of American Bicyclists since 1956 that encourages Americans to bike to work or school. Try bike commuting this week in honor of National Bike to Work Week or just for a day during Bike to Work Day on Friday, May 17th!
According to the League of American Bicyclists, more than two-thirds of the U.S. adult population is overweight or obese, costing our nation more than $68 billion in healthcare and personal costs annually. In addition, more than one in four kids are overweight. Biking provides the opportunity to lose weight and get fit since May is also National Physical Fitness and Sports Month!
Biking is a great way to squeeze regular exercise into a hectic schedule. A study of nearly 2,400 adults found that those who biked to work were fitter, leaner, less likely to be obese, and had better triglyceride levels, blood pressure, and insulin levels than those who didn’t actively commute to work. Because of the health benefits, cyclists on average take 15% fewer days off from work for illness than non-cyclists.
Besides health and fitness, biking reduces your carbon footprint. Cars are the single largest source of U.S. air pollution. Did you know that short trips are up to three times more polluting per mile than long trips? When bicycling is substituted for short auto trips, 3.6 pounds of pollutants per mile are not emitted into the atmosphere.
Biking also reduces traffic congestion and saves you money. Bicycle commuting saves on parking fees, parking tickets, fuel costs, auto maintenance costs and transit fares. According to analysis by the League of American Bicyclists, Americans saved more than $4.6 billion by bicycling instead of driving in 2012 alone. Bicyclists are also less likely to be affected by traffic congestion. Whether they ride on bike paths or roads, bicycles are much more maneuverable than automobiles. Wide lanes, shoulders and bike lanes provide space for bicyclists to ride right past traffic and on to work.
With increased interest in healthy, sustainable and economic transportation options, it is not surprising that the number of bicycle commuters in the United States grew by more than 47% from 2000 to 2011 according to the U.S. Census Bureau’s American Community Survey. Biking builds morale, encourages camaraderie, and is a great way to get active in your community.
The League of American Bicyclists represents the interest of the nation’s 57 million cyclists. With a current membership of 300,000 affiliated cyclists, including 25,000 individuals and 700 affiliated organizations, the League works to bring better bicycling to your community. The League of American Bicyclists was founded in 1880 as the League of American Wheelmen, whose advocacy on behalf of early bicyclists led to our national highway system. For more information, visit www.bikeleague.org
Don’t forget to tune into KTLA every day in May for every newscast for tips on health and fitness. You too can “lose 5 with 5″!
Remember this is National Bike to Work Week
May 13th through Friday, May 17th
National Bike to Work Day
Friday, May 17th
National Bike Month
The League of American Bicyclists
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