L'Etape du California returns in 2012

Amateurs to tackle Mt. Baldy again

Organisers of the Amgen Tour of California have announced the return of the amateur sportif, the L'Etape du [Tour of] California, which will take place on Saturday, April 28, 2012.

L'Etape debuted this year, taking on the parcours of stage 7 to Mt. Baldy, and will return to the same finish line again in 2012. This time the ride will begin in the town of Ontario, which also hosts the professionals on May 19.

The details of the course will be announced in the new year, but will likely take in a similar route to the top of Mt. Baldy to that of 2011, which began in nearby Claremont.

The field for the 2012 L'Etape du California will again be limited to 2,500 riders.

"We are excited to be bringing this once-in-a-lifetime experience to amateur cyclists and applaud AEG for continuing this cycling tradition," said Jack Caress, President and CEO of Pacific Sports, producer of L'Etape du California. "Stage 7 of the 2011 Amgen Tour of California was one of the most talked about stages, and it was watched by people from around the world, so we know interest for this year's L'Etape du California will be even greater. We're looking forward to a fantastic race."

For more information, please visit www.letapeducalifornia.com.

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