Again this year, Exit Strategies will support the Sonoma County Backroad Challenge ride, which will take place on May 18, 2013 in Petaluma, California, one day before the Amgen Tour of California’s OVERALL FINISH next door in Santa Rosa. Visiting cyclists have a rare opportunity to experience the beauty of Sonoma County backroads and the thrill of the Tour of California professional race!
Cyclists of all levels can enjoy spectacular
Sonoma County scenery on one of three fully-supported rides (100 miles, 100 Km and 50 Km) ranging from leisurely to grueling. The acclaimed Backroad Fest takes place after the ride, with local cuisine, cold brews, live music, fun and fellowship until 6 pm. Register at www.backroadchallenge.com. Registration is limited to 1,750 riders this year.
The Amgen Tour of California is one of the nation’s largest and most recognized annual sporting events. An eight-day event, this prestigious cycling road race features elite professional teams and athletes from around the world. Known as one of the top cycling destinations in the world, Sonoma County is home to three-time Amgen Tour of California winner Levi Leipheimer, home of the US headquarters of the 2011 Tour de France winning Team BMC, and host to training camps for many elite pro-cycling teams, as well as amateur clubs and bike-passionate individuals. But it isn’t just cyclists who journey here. Sonoma County, voted the #1 US wine destination in the 2012 TripAdvisor Travelers’ Choice Awards, holds a romantic allure for anyone who gets a taste of our award-winning wines and world-class cuisine, glimpses the majestic beauty of our towering redwoods and colorful vineyards, or meanders to the coast to feel cool sand between their toes and an ocean breeze in their hair… As Levi says: “I’ve made a life out of riding and racing my bike all over the globe. With the entire world from which to choose, I opted for Santa Rosa.”
The Backroad Challenge is a fundraiser for the Petaluma Sunrise Rotary Foundation. All proceeds support worthy local and international charitable projects. Every day, Rotary members throughout the world are working to combat hunger, eradicate polio, improve health and sanitation, provide education and job training, and promote goodwill and peace. Please join Exit Strategies in supporting Rotary and the 2013 Backroad Challenge.