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Some of the world’s top cyclists will face off once again this May during the exhilarating Amgen Tour of California. This Tour de France style race is America’s most prestigious cycling event, and the world-class athletes will return to Conejo Valley during the 11th annual eight-stage race across the state!
Conejo will be the starting point for the critical Queen Stage of the race from Thousand Oaks to the Gibraltar Road Summit in Santa Barbara. Biotechnology company Amgen – the title sponsor of the esteemed race – calls Thousand Oaks home, so it is only natural that the internationally acclaimed race will roll through town.
But it’s not just the professional athletes who have the opportunity to ride Stage 3 of the Amgen Tour; fans and bicycle enthusiasts can ride the very same route as Olympic hopefuls three weeks before the pros burn rubber. Fans can sign up for L’Etape California 2016 and experience a first-time climb up the recently resurfaced Gibraltar Road to soak in 180 degree views of Santa Barbara and the Pacific Ocean.
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Visit Thousand Oaks the week of May 16 for the festivities and see the kick-off of the third stage of the race on Tuesday, May 17. If you don’t feel like fighting the crowds, you can go online to purchase VIP hospitality tickets for the event. These tickets include a premium location, full food and drinks, lounge style seating and live race coverage. Show up nice and early to get the prime seats and the full experience before the racers take off.
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Stay a few days in Conejo to really experience the passion the area has for cycling. Conejo Valley has quickly become a popular training location for professional and weekend cyclists alike due to the many miles of trails and challenging hills. Visit the Trails and To-Do sections of our website to plan your outdoor adventure for your trip to Conejo during the Amgen Tour.