Host Cities Gear Up
For Cycling Events

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The Amgen Tour of California debuted a women’s race in 2015 and will feature a women’s competition again in 2016. Presented by Visit California, the tour will head south to north for only the second time.
Photo courtesy of Paul Kitagaki Jr/Sacramento Bee/Zuma Wire

By John Vivirito

Speed and endurance are marquee attributes of competitive cyclists. And they’re what fans come to see at the organized cycling races contested nationally and internationally each year in a variety of disciplines including road, mountain, track and BMX.

Both major and minor events bolster enthusiasm for the sport, which continues to draw the attention of pro and amateur cyclists as well as a budding legion of cycling fans. “It is the DNA of cycling: The fans can really experience what the champions feel,” said Jérôme Lacroix, business development manager for Union Cycliste Internationale, or UCI, the sport’s international governing body. “You may never know what it means to score a touchdown in an 80,000-seat stadium or to score a three-point buzzer-beater during the playoffs, but you can experience what it means to go full speed on a cycling track or climb a mountain like cyclist champions. You can experience it, and when you see the champions, you know what it means.”

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