Give an Official Amgen Tour of California Holiday Gift to the Cycling Fan in Your Life

Give your favorite cycling fan the holiday gift of his or her dreams with just-released 2008 Amgen Tour of California official merchandise. Orders submitted by Thursday will arrive in time to place under the tree.

The largest cycling event in America, the Amgen Tour of California is a Tour de France-style cycling road race with the world's top professional cycling teams competing along a demanding 650-mile course from Palo Alto-Stanford University to Pasadena from February 17-24, 2008. On Wednesday, February 20, the Amgen Tour of California makes its way to San Jose after passing the most challenging portion of the entire race via Mt. Hamilton. Over 1.6 million fans attended last year's event with more than 20,000 expected to welcome the racers in San Jose.

Log on to to purchase an official 2008 Amgen Tour of California yellow leader's jersey ($90), or choose from a selection of newly designed, customized race gear representing the 12 participating host cities for 2008, such as hats ($20), t-shirts ($20) and pins ($5), by clicking on "Local Merchandise." Additional jerseys and merchandise will be added to the online store early next year.

For the most fervent cycling fan, give the gift of access to the inner world of world-class racing with the following VIP experiences:

--  Team Dinner - Not only meet, but EAT with the top cyclists in the
    world.  After each stage of the race, your gift recipient and a guest
    will attend a dinner for all the world-class athletes competing in the
    race and their support staffs.  A limited time Holiday Pack is
    available through December 31 ($500), which includes:
    --  Team Dinner VIP experience
    --  Two yellow leader's jerseys
    --  Two commemorative inaugural year posters
    --  15 percent off any additional experience, hospitality or
        merchandise purchase for 2008

--  Cyclist Meet & Greet - Introduce your cycling fan to his or her racing
    hero with access to a VIP area before the race start where riders will
    greet guests, sign autographs, etc.  The package includes one yellow
    leader's jersey ($500).

--  Ride Along - This is as close to the action as your cycling fan can get
    without actually riding for one of the teams.  Sit back and enjoy the
    ride in an Amgen Tour of California official car, and join the riders
    at their nightly team dinner after the day's race ($2,000).

--  VIP Hospitality - The best way to see the most incredible racing action
    on the continent is in one of the VIP Hospitality tents.  Located at
    the finish line of each stage, this includes unlimited food and
    beverage, live race feeds and exclusive road-side viewing as the best
    cyclists in the world battle for a stage win.  Individual passes are
    available on a per-city basis for just $200 each.  Limited availability
    exists in each finishing city of the 2008 Amgen Tour of California.

    Dates and locations include:
    February 17: Palo Alto - Stanford University
    February 18: Santa Rosa
    February 19: Sacramento
    February 20: San Jose
    February 21: San Luis Obispo
    February 22: Solvang
    February 23: Santa Clarita
    February 24: Pasadena

Please visit for more information about 2008 Amgen Tour of California VIP experiences. Or contact Teresa Torres at 213-742-7145 or, or Brian Watson at 213-742-7388 or


The largest cycling event in America, the 2008 Amgen Tour of California is a Tour de France-style road race presented by AEG that will challenge the world's top professional cycling teams to compete along a demanding 650-mile course from Palo Alto-Stanford University to Pasadena from February 17-24, 2008.


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The Amgen Tour of California is produced in San Jose by The City of San Jose's Office of Economic Development. The Office of Economic Development is committed to a vital, competitive San Jose economy that increases prosperity for people and companies and enhances City revenues. The Office guides the City's economic strategy, provides assistance for business success, helps connect employers with trained workers, and provides art and cultural resources to our community. For more information, please visit,

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