Amgen Seeks Volunteers For Stage 4 Finish In San Jose

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AMGEN Tour of California on February 22, 2009 near Escondido, California.

Rory Sutherland of Australia riding for Ouch presented by Maxxis, Grischa Niermann of Germany riding for Rabobank and George Hincapie of USA riding for Columbia-Highland compete in Stage 8 of the AMGEN Tour of California on February 22, 2009 near Escondido, California. (Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

SAN JOSE (BCN) — One of cycling’s most important stage races in the U.S. is looking for volunteers to help inspire thousands of Silicon Valley residents to ride bikes.

The 2011 Amgen Tour of California announced Thursday that volunteer opportunities for the mid-May Stage Four finish in San Jose are now posted at the official race website.

The race will travel through more than 800 miles, beginning with its first-ever visit to Lake Tahoe and finishing in the Southern California community Thousand Oaks, where Amgen is based.

For the stage finishing in San Jose on May 18, cyclists will depart that morning from Livermore and climb a final ascent to the summit of Sierra Road, which represents the race’s first mountaintop finish.

“Just as we couldn’t have a race without the participation of top professional cycling teams from around the world, we simply could not operate this event without the support of the thousands of volunteers who help make this world-class race a reality,” tour organizer Andrew Messick said in a statement.

More than 4,500 volunteers statewide participated in last year’s event, with 300 of those providing support in San Jose.

“Our volunteers have been an outstanding group of people who are…committed to making San Jose shine,” San Jose Sports Authority Executive Director Patricia Ernstrom said.

More information about volunteer opportunities and the race, which will cross the state from May 15 to 22, can be found at www.amgentourofcalifornia.com.

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