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CPA President Gianni Bugno praises AMGEN Tour of California organizers for their management of extreme weather conditions

Estavayer, Switzerland-- "On behalf of the peloton I thank the AMGEN Tour of California organizers for their excellent management when faced with extreme weather conditions at Big Bear Lake," said CPA President Gianni Bugno.

The stage 6 time trial was re-located from Big Bear Lake to Santa Clarita due to the forecast of snow, freezing temperatures, and unsafe race conditions.

"This episode should serve as a model for all race organizers to keep participants informed and to make tough decisions as early as possible," said Bugno.

The race organizers AEG and Medalist Sports monitored the weather forecast, formed a contingency plan, made the decision to re-locate the stage on Wednesday (more than 36 hours in advance of the time trial), and seamlessly executed the alternative plan.

"The Tour of California is a world-class event, and they showed it again with their handling of the Big Bear weather situation," said American Ted King of Cannondale-Garmin, who competed in his final AMGEN Tour of California.

The CPA has lobbied their fellow pro cycling stakeholders to take rider safety into greater consideration when races face extreme weather conditions. The CPA is part of the UCI's Working Group to create an Extreme Weather Protocol.

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Dempsey Challenge Announces New Two-Day Ride For 2015

Scenic ride October 17-18 to raise funds for The Patrick Dempsey Center for Cancer Hope & Healing

LEWISTON, ME. – [04/29/15] The Patrick Dempsey Center for Cancer Hope & Healing has announced a new addition to the 2015 Dempsey Challenge Weekend –  The Dempsey Challenge Two-Day Ride presented by Specialized. The ride will take place on Saturday and Sunday, October 17-18, beginning and ending at Simard-Payne Memorial Park in Lewiston.

The Two-Day Ride will challenge participants in new ways, with back-to-back days of cycling new routes that include some great climbs through rolling hills and spectacular views of Maine’s legendary rugged coast. This exclusive, intimate ride is limited to 75 riders and geared toward the accomplished cyclist. The Ride will offer a taste of Maine hospitality and authenticity while raising funds for those impacted by cancer and participants will experience autumn in Maine, enjoy great food and drink, generate lasting memories, and be a part of the inspiring community that is the Dempsey Challenge.

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Tour of Alberta presented by ATB Financial's 2015 Host Communities Announced

January 15, 2015 

SPRUCE GROVE, ALBERTA – The Tour of Alberta, presented by ATB Financial, scheduled for September 2-7, 2015, will make stops through seven official host communities this year, with support from the Municipal District of Greenview and Parks Canada. Previously announced, the City of Grande Prairie and County of Grande Prairie will host the first two days of the 2015 event. New communities on board that will either host a start or finish are Grande Cache, JasperEdson, and Spruce Grove, with Edmonton back as a host for its third year.

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Amgen Presents Inaugural "Crush Challenge" In Napa Valley

Hosted by Patrick Dempsey and ZD Wines, Brings Together Food, Wine & Charity

San Francisco, Calif. (September 10, 2014) – A collaboration between Patrick Dempsey and ZD Wines, the inaugural “Crush Challenge,” presented by Amgen, is a fundraising cycling, wine and food experience which will descend upon Napa Valley on October 18th, 2014. The event will benefit three important organizations, Amgen's Breakaway from Cancer® non-profit partners, the deLeuze Family Endowment for the Non-Toxic Cure for Lymphoma, and the Patrick Dempsey Center for Cancer Hope & Healing. Patrick Dempsey and the deLeuze family of the Napa Valley will act as hosts for this food, wine and cycling event. 100-percent of the proceeds generated from the Crush Challenge will be donated to the charitable organizations.

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Saint Francis Tulsa Tough Teams with Medalist Sports to Improve Gran Fondo Rider Experience

TULSA, OKLA (March 17, 2014) - Gran Fondo riders at Saint Francis Tulsa Tough will enjoy yet another significant improvement in their event experience this year.

Adding to a tradition of ongoing enhancements, Saint Francis Tulsa Tough has teamed with industry leader Medalist Sports to bring greatness to their fondos. Medalist Sports has managed some of North America’s most prestigious elite and signature events in the past two decades including the Tour DuPont, USA Cycling Professional Championships, Amgen Tour of California, Larry H. Miller Tour of Utah, USA Pro Challenge and Tour of Alberta just to name a few.

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Two States and 12 Host Venues Enhance Larry H. Miller Tour of Utah Professional Cycling Race for Full Week in August

Six Teams Confirmed for 10th Edition of "America's Toughest Stage RaceTM

SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH (February 4, 2014) – Along with the expansion to seven full days of racing this August, the Larry H. Miller Tour of Utah professional cycling event will broaden its geographical footprint to 12 host cities and venues across two western states. At a press conference today on the campus of University of Utah, organizers of the Tour of Utah announced three first-time venues for the 10th anniversary of the event, including an inaugural expansion beyond the borders of Utah. This year’s week-long sporting event will extend from the red rock spires of Cedar City in southern Utah to the peaks of the Uinta Mountains outside Evanston, Wyoming.

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Amgen Tour of California Welcomes 12 Host Cities For 2014

Challenging Route to Take the World's Top Cyclists Across More Than 700 Miles of Striking California Terrain During America's Premier Professional Cycling Race May 11–18, 2014 

SACRAMENTO (Nov. 5, 2013) – The Amgen Tour of California will return to Sacramento, the Capital of California, for the start of the ninth edition of America's largest cycling race announced AEG, presenter of the race. The eight day stage race will return to a route traveling north-to-south from May 11-18, 2014 along more than 700 miles of scenic roads through some of California's most picturesque backdrops. Considered America's largest and most prestigious cycling event, the overall start of the Amgen Tour of California will begin in front of the state's Capital Building and travel through 11 host cities during the eight day event including Folsom (first time host city), San Jose, Mount Diablo State Park, Monterey, Cambria (first time host city), Pismo Beach (first time host city), Santa Barbara, Santa Clarita, Mountain High (first time host city), Pasadena and Thousand Oaks. 

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USA Pro Challenge Announces 2014 Host Cities and Mountaintop Finish

Host Cities and Mountaintop Finish Announced for 2014 USA Pro Challenge Professional Cycling Race

Fans Can Help Choose the Final Stage of America’s Most Difficult Cycling Race

Denver (Nov. 4, 2014) – After receiving interest from cities throughout the state, race officials have unveiled eight of the host cities that will serve as starts and finishes for the 2014 USA Pro Challenge, Aug. 18-24, 2014. Several new additions will mark a pinnacle year for the professional cycling race, including the first-ever mountaintop finish during Stage 3 on Monarch Mountain. And with stages one through six in the books, organizers are looking to fans to provide feedback on four different options for the final stage.

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Route Announced for Inaugural Year of Tour of Alberta

May 3, 2013

Strathcona County … Some of the world’s top professional cyclists will soon be racing close to 900-kilometres across Alberta, from the streets of its capital city, Edmonton, through the province’s heartland, across prairies, badlands and majestic Rocky Mountains to a fast-paced finish circuit in the streets of Calgary in the first and largest stage race ever held in Canada -- the Tour of Alberta, September 3 to 8, 2013. 

The organizers of the Tour of Alberta, the Alberta Peloton Association (APA) unveiled the official stages and route that will connect 11 communities and pass through over a dozen more, for when the eyes of the world of professional cycling focuses on Alberta this fall.

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Medalist Sports Introduces “Randonnée Cycliste – Adirondacks” As New Mass Participation Cycling Experience in New York this September

ATLANTA, GA. - With the support of local tourism officials and the Warren County Treasurer’s office, Medalist Sports has taken the first steps to activate a multi-day, mass-participation bicycle experience in Lake George, New York this fall. Randonnée Cycliste – Adirondacks is scheduled to take place Friday, September 27 to Sunday, September 29, to promote tourism and outdoor recreation for the great Warren County area.

The Warren County Occupancy Tax Committee awarded a grant this month to Medalist Sports, a full-service sports management company based in Georgia, to support Randonnée Cycliste – Adirondacks as a fall event to promote tourism in the Lake George area. The occupancy tax is collected and regulated by the Warren County Treasurer’s office.

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