Published : Friday, March 22, 2019 | 4:46 AM
In celebration of the 14th edition of the Amgen Tour of California as well as the accompanying Amgen Tour of California Women’s Race, both of which will culminate in finish line crossings in Pasadena in May, volunteers will gather at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena on Friday, April 26, to form a huge human bicycle sculpture.
This will be Pasadena’s first “human sculpture,” organizers said.
The Amgen Tour of California and the California Women’s Race, will both end in Pasadena on Saturday, May 18, although they start on different dates at different points in the state.
The men’s race takes off from Sacramento on Sunday, May 12, and will go through seven stages. The women’s race begins in Ventura on Thursday, May 16, and includes three stages.
For the human bicycle sculpture event, volunteers are urged to come out before the Rose Bowl Stadium’s Final Fridays Foodtruck Festival on April 26 and to be part of the Amgen Tour of California’s human sculpture.
“A drone will fly over and take an aerial shot to capture this unique form of art,” the organizers, which includes the Pasadena Convention and Visitors Bureau, the Rose Bowl Stadium, and CICLE (Cyclists Inciting Change Thru Live Exchange), a Los Angeles nonprofit that promotes the use of bicycles for everyday transportation.
“Pasadena has never created a bike sculpture quite like this. Be a part of history. The first 100 participants will be given free VIP passes to the festival where they can enjoy food, drinks, entertainment, and more,” the announcement said.
The human bicycle sculpture will be formed between 3 and 4 p.m. Afterwards, a festival celebrating the 2019 Amgen Tour of California begins, which could last up to 8 p.m.
Registering for the event is free. To register, visit www.eventbrite.com/e/amgen-
The annual Amgen Tour is the only U.S. men’s and women’s races on the UCI (Union Cycliste Internationale) World Tour calendar and have helped launch some of today’s best known and most decorated international cyclists, at the same time attracting the most talented competitors and teams in the world.
This year, the event will hold special significance as it will include Olympic hopefuls gearing up for the Tokyo Olympics in 2020.