From the Tour website:
"About the Amgen Tour of California
The largest cycling event in America, the 2009 Amgen Tour of California is a Tour de France-style cycling road race presented by AEG that challenges the world’s top professional cycling teams to compete along a demanding, recently expanded, 800-mile course from Sacramento to Escondido from February 14-22, 2009."
For the past ten years, I've volunteered with the Fresno Cycling Club for the Climb to Kaiser event. After riding in the event in '96 & '97, I worked as SAG support - support vehicles for the riders - between 1998 & 2007. I was the first person to use a motorcycle as a SAG vehicle in this event and that number has grown from one motorcycle on the course to as many a 15. (In 2008 I worked in the kitchen feeding the riders as the came in from the course.) I'm hoping that I'll be able to use some of that experience here.
See: http://www.amgentourofcalifornia.com/ for info.
Dates of the 2009 Amgen Tour of California:
Stage 1: Saturday, Feb. 14 – Sacramento
Stage 2: Sunday, Feb. 15 – Davis to Santa Rosa
Stage 3: Monday, Feb. 16 – Sausalito to Santa Cruz
Stage 4: Tuesday, Feb. 17 – San Jose to Modesto
Stage 5: Wednesday, Feb. 18 – Merced to Clovis
Stage 6: Thursday, Feb. 19 – Visalia to Paso Robles
Stage 7: Friday, Feb. 20 – Solvang (individual time trial)
Stage 8: Saturday, Feb. 21 – Santa Clarita to Pasadena
Stage 9: Sunday, Feb. 22 – Rancho Bernardo to Escondido
The 2008 Tour went through Modesto