The Bakersfield Sports Foundation is pleased to announce it has submitted a proposal to bring a stage stop of the 2010 Amgen Tour of California bicycle race to Bakersfield. The proposal is currently being reviewed by AEG, the producer of the Amgen Tour of California. It is anticipated AEG will award the stage cities for the 2010 Tour in July of this year.
If awarded a stage Bakersfield stands to receive unparalleled positive domestic and international media exposure as well as an influx of race fans to the city resulting in a positive economic impact.
"The largest bike race in America, the best cyclists in the world, international television broadcasts...all here in Bakersfield," said Bakersfield Sports Foundation President Kerry Ryan. "We feel our proposal exceeds the host city requirements set forth by AEG and look forward to bringing this first-class event to Bakersfield."
AEG recently announced the 2010 Tour is scheduled to take place May 16 - 23 of next year. As of this announcement no racing route has been determined for Bakersfield.
"This is an once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to showcase our great city and county to the world," said Bakersfield Convention & Visitors Bureau Manager Don Cohen. "The outpouring of local support has been amazing especially since we haven’t been awarded a stage yet."
The most recent report shows local organizations and individuals have committed over $162,000 to the Foundation. The funds are specifically allocated for logistical and support services related to the promotion and production of the event in Bakersfield.
Anyone interested in becoming a sponsor of the Bakersfield Stage or would like more information on available marketing opportunities should call Don Cohen at the Convention & Visitors Bureau at (661) 852-7234. http://www.visitbakersfield.com.