Looking Forward to April 6, 2014
As it did in 2010 and 2012, the City of Thousand Oaks will host Stage 8, the overall finish for the 2014 Amgen Tour of California. The City will also be the host for the 2014 L'Etape du California on Sunday, April 6.
The 2014 L'Etape ride will cover a similar circuit that was used in 2010. Yes, that means you will be pedaling up the infamous “Rock Store” climb on Mulholland Drive. Each 20+ mile circuit will pass through the start/finish line on Townsgate Road/Village Glen in Thousand Oaks. The route will then pass through Westlake Village, Agoura Hills, past the Rock Store at the foot of the climb, and then a very technical descent back to Thousand Oaks. If the Amgen Tour race is close, this is where a yellow jersey/lead change might occur, which happened in 2010.
Come ride the route where history might be made and you can say "I was there. I did that same route!" It's a day that you will remember for years to come.
The ride is limited to the first 1,500 riders who register, so don't wait.
Host Hotel -- Hyatt Westlake Plaza
The host hotel will be the Hyatt Westlake Plaza, 880 S. Westlake Blvd. in Westlake Village. It will also be the site of the L'Etape Expo. If you want a Saturday night reservation, please tell them you are with "L'Etape" and they will give you a $139 rate. Deadline for this rate is March 10.
All riders in this year's L'Etape du California will be entered to win a trip to France courtesy of SportsPulsions.com to experience the route through the Pyrenees mountains, part of the 2014 Le Tour de France. One rider will be selected by random draw at the L'Etape ride for the "Iconic Climbs of the Pyrenees" trip, July 17-25, 2014. Terms and conditions apply.
Long Sleeve, Custom Champion System L'Etape Jerseys Now Available!
Order from the Champion System e-store
These jerseys are made from exclusive Champion System Tech fabric for superior comfort and wicking; 100% permanent UV protection yarn; three rear pockets; CS exclusive tapered collar - high enough on the sides to allow for logos but tapered at the chin so as not to pinch; separate side panels; no annoying label tags at the neck; two options of green and yellow base colors. Price: $90.
L'Etape du California Featured in Velo News
The January 2014 edition of Velo News contains a great article about last year's L'Etape.
Photos by FinisherPix
FinisherPix is the fastest growing and most innovative photo company in the world today. They work closely with some of the most prestigious sporting events around the world and we're pleased they will have photographers on the ride to capture the moments you will want to remember.
Breakaway from Cancer® Partnership
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