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The Amgen Tour of California will once again be cycling thru Auburn and volunteers are needed to assist as the tour passes thru the city during Stage One. The nation’s largest and most prestigious professional cycling race, the 2014 Amgen Tour of California (ATOC), kicks off in Sacramento on May 11th and will travel nearly 750 miles in eight days before ending in Thousand Oaks, CA May 18th
The Opening Stage will begin and finish at the steps of the State Capital on L Street and race a large loop out and back from Sacramento. As it passes thru the City of Auburn at least 100 local volunteers are needed to provide support and monitor pedestrian traffic, barricades and road closures as well as keeping spectators informed as the race progresses. This “volunteer course marshal” role works to support local law enforcement and the ATOC professional course marshals who travel with the tour. Volunteers must be over the age of 18 or accompanied by an adult.
Cycling fans and community members that volunteer will have the opportunity to experience the race from the inside – standing up close as the peloton and all 16 eight-member teams and their support crews pass by. These assignments are critical to insuring a safe and spectacular fast course. Auburn’s great volunteers and historic city charm played a large role in ATOC selecting its route. This will be the third time in the race’s nine-year history that the streets of Auburn will come alive with the tour. ATOC first passed through in 2010, and then returned in 2011, with Auburn being the host city as the tour kicked off its third stage in Central Square.
Those interested in volunteering can email the Auburn Police Department’s ATOC Volunteer Committee at firstname.lastname@example.org. An informational meeting and brief training will be held in late April.