by Kylee Jepsen, Digital Media Coordinator, Visit San Luis Obispo County

May is Bike Month in San Luis Obispo County: Celebrate by welcoming the Amgen Tour of California!

In honor of May’s National Bike Month, there are various events throughout San Luis Obispo County celebrating the occasion. On May 1, there is a kick off event in Downtown San Luis Obispo with SLO Regional RideShare and Bikes Happening beginning at 7pm at Lincoln Street Deli. Events will continue throughout the month with May 16th featuring a Bike to Work Day. Celebrate National Bike Month and check out all the great events:

http://www.rideshare.org/BikeMonth2014/BikeMonth2014Events.aspx

This month, San Luis Obispo County will also be welcoming the Amgen Tour of California, one of the most exciting events to hit the state for the cycling enthusiast, on May 11-18, 2014. Once a year, this Tour de France-style cycling race graces California with its presence and stops along various hosting cities and towns. The courses are demanding and extend along hundreds of miles of California’s iconic highways and coastlines. Top cyclists participate in the race including Olympic medalists, Tour de France contenders and World Champions.

The Amgen Tour of California is a unique experience, whether you are cycling, watching as a bystander or representing a host city. This year, two of San Luis Obispo County’s own were chosen as ending and starting points for various stages of the Amgen Tour.The town of Cambria will see the ending of Stage 4 of the Amgen Tour on Wednesday, May 14. The following day, Thursday May 15, Pismo Beach will kick off Stage 5.

The video below was released by Amgen Tour of California and highlights the various host cities with their diverse attributes. We hope you enjoy this short exploration of our coastal communities. Visit San Luis Obispo County hopes to see you at either the ending of Stage 4 in Cambria or the beginning of Stage 5 in Pismo Beach. For more information on the Amgen Tour of California please visit www.amgentourofcalifornia.com or if you would like to plan to visit one of the hosting cities visit www.visitsanluisobispocounty.com.