USA Cycling Names Team for Amgen Tour of California

Published : Monday, April 29, 2019 | 5:32 PM

USA Cycling, the national governing body for the sport of cycling in the United States, has announced the 10 riders on the long team to compete on the U.S. National Team at the 2019 Amgen Tour of California, which starts on May 12 in Sacramento and finishes May 18 in Pasadena.

This year marks the first time since the inaugural race in 2006 that AEG, the Tour of California organizers, have invited a U.S. national team, which is allowed under UCI (Union Cycliste Internationale) regulations that provide host countries of WorldTour races the opportunity to give a spot to the home team.

Among the riders are National Champions Travis McCabe, Alex Hoehn, and LA’s Justin Williams.

“The Amgen Tour of California is the biggest race on U.S. soil and we are happy to be able to give the opportunity to some of our up-and-coming riders to compete alongside the best in the world and gain valuable experience,” said Jeff Pierce, USA Cycling’s Director of Elite Athletics, Road and Track.

“As we ride towards the 2020 Olympics, we will be looking for more opportunities like the Amgen Tour of California to showcase the U.S. National Team and the amazing depth of talent we have in our riders,” USA Cycling President and CEO Rob DeMartini said. “There is nothing more inspiring than seeing our riders on the attack in their Red, White and Blue kits.”

The other members of the USA Cycling Long Team include Brendan Rhim, Keegan Swirbul, Michael Hernandez, Miguel Bryon, Sam Boardman, and Tanner Putt.

Throughout the seven-day stage race, Amgen Tour riders will traverse California on highways, coastlines and mountain roads. This year’s course features over 68,000 feet of elevation gain and an iconic Mt. Baldy summit finish on Stage 6.

For more information about the race, visit www.amgentourofcalifornia.com.