2013 Amgen Tour of California Hits South Bay

The professional road cycling race will give a boost to local businesses

By Bob Redell, Monica Garske and Brandi Powell
|  Friday, May 17, 2013  |  Updated 12:47 PM PDT
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The Amgen Bike Tour passed by in San Jose on Friday and will end in Santa Rosa on Sunday. Bob Redell reports.

The Amgen Bike Tour passed by in San Jose on Friday and will end in Santa Rosa on Sunday. Bob Redell reports.

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One of the America’s most recognized, multi-city cycling events will roll - or zoom - through the South Bay beginning today.

This stage of the Amgen Tour is called "Stage 6" and the trial kicks off at 12:45 p.m. at IBM's Silicon Valley lab on Bailey Avene in San Jose. This stage will take 113 cyclists almost 20 miles, with a final climb up Metcalf Road to the Santa Clara County's Motorcycle Park. At this stage, 14 cyclists have been eliminated from the tour.

On Saturday, Stage 7 leaves Livermore for a 91-mile haul to Mt. Diablo, which has an elevation of more than 10,000 feet.

The tour finishes on Sunday - an 81-mile ride from San Francisco to Santa Rosa.

The 2013 Amgen Tour of California kicked off last weekend with a 103-mile road cycling race around Escondido; the first time the race started in Southern California.

This year, 16 of the world’s top professional cycling teams will compete in the eight-day event, which includes approximately750 miles of roadways across the Golden State.

Full a full schedule of the routes and cities, click here.

Over the years, the Amgen Tour of California has drawn millions of spectators around the state. Last year, more than 2 million people cheered on cyclists from the sidelines, according to the tour website.

There are special spots along each route for spectators to watch the cycling race. A spectator guide featuring tips for watching the race can be found here.

For more details, including maps, on the Amgen Tour of California, visit the event website.

NBC San Diego's Monica Garske and Brandi Powell contributed to this report.

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