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Amgen Stage 4 in Monterey County – May 18, 2016

Amgen Tour of California will return to Monterey County in 2016!

You may be aware, e.g., that Amgen TOC’s  Stage 4 Start was in Monterey on May 14, 2014, and Stage 5 Start was in Seaside on May 19, 2011.

May 18, 2016,

for the Stage 4 Conclusion,

Amgen will be at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca

for the first time ever!

Many bike lovers and race fans know this raceway as the home of the Sea Otter Classic, Monterey County’s annual Celebration of Cycling. SOC is not only a bike festival for all ages and abilities, it is world-renowned for bicycle racing! And yes, this is the same Mazda Raceway that is world-renowned for auto and motorcycle racing as well.

Lots of visitors and locals love challenging themselves on the racetrack’s infamous Corkscrew during the monthly Twilight Rides (click here for tips about these monthly rides). Those rides provide an opportunity for all ages and abilities to ride their bikes in the same setting as famous and favorite racers. Click here to visit the Mazda Raceway website and learn more about the May 18, 2016 Twilight Cycling.

Imagine the excitement when Amgen racers hit the Corkscsrew on May 18, 2016! Click here to visit the Mazda Raceway website and learn more about Amgen 2016.

This popular Monterey County raceway, at a rural location, has an official address of Salinas, the Monterey County seat. Celebrate Amgen week by biking Salinas to explore the heart of Steinbeck country, as well as enjoying other Steinbeck country favorites, including  Cannery Row in Monterey. Visit Monterey County, or if you’re a resident, make Amgen week a special biking staycation.

Coming from out-of-town? Since May 18, 2016 is a Wednesday, consider staying over in Monterey County.  On Thursdays year-round, males and females who bike can get discounts on lodging, educational and entertainment spots, restaurants, spas, wineries, and more, courtesy of the hundreds of businesses and organizations participating in the HER Helmet Thursdays project.

For more tips, refer to the 20-section Tips for Bicycling Monterey County guide.

Amgen-ComingPhoto above, taken at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, announced the 2011 visit to Seaside.

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