Every year Amgen holds the Tour of California cycling race. The race starts at Lake Tahoe and ends in Thousand Oaks. This year the race will be held from May 15-22. 2011 and will be coming through the Central Coast on May 19th!! The race will be on its fifth stage, and it is sure to be intense. During this stage the racers ride from Seaside to Paso Robles. The racers will be cycng an impressive 138.9 miles throughout the whole day! They take Highway 1 through Monterey, Carmel, Pacific Grove and Big Sur, and then along the coast through San Simeon, home of Hearst Castle, and Cambria before turning inland to the climb up Santa Rosa Creek Road and end in Paso Robles. There are many places to watch the racers ride by and it can be an exciting race to watch, there are also opportunities to volunteer in different parts of the race that can get you even closer to the action! This stage is the longest day of the race with the most technically challenging course. There is everything a racer loves about cycling in this stage of the race; sprints, climbs, hairpin turns and a celebration at the finish line in downtown Paso Robles. They racers finish on Spring Street and there will be booths and a celebratory welcoming to all of the athletes participating in the race. I have always wanted to go to France to watch the Tour de France, and this is basically the same thing, except it came to me, which is even better!! There are sixteen professional teems that are participating in the race, and it is sure to be a competitive and exciting race to watch! You can check out more information at http://www.amgentourofcalifornia.com. Now all there is to do is plan a trip to watch the tour at each stage of the race; you can stay in Paso Robles and watch as the competitors' race to the finish line and then celebrate with them after!

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