SOURCE: City of San Jose, California

January 10, 2008 12:24 ET

2008 Amgen Tour of California Education Curriculum Released to San Jose Schools for 4th-6th Grade Instruction

Endorsed by Governor Schwarzenegger, Curriculum Contains Lessons to Encourage Students to Live Healthy Lifestyles and Practice Bike Safety

SAN JOSE, CA--(Marketwire - January 10, 2008) - In preparation for the highly anticipated return of the Amgen Tour of California professional cycling road race in February, a specially developed classroom curriculum has been distributed to fourth- through sixth-grade instructors and students in the San Jose Unified School District.

Now in its third year, the Amgen Tour of California has become the largest sporting event in California and the largest cycling event in the country. The Tour de France-style, eight-day professional cycling race presented by AEG will showcase the world's top professional cycling teams competing along a demanding course from Palo Alto-Stanford University to Pasadena, Calif. from February 17-24, 2008. On Wednesday, February 20, San Jose hosts the Stage 3 Modesto-to-San Jose Finish directly in front of San Jose City Hall.

Through interactive lessons, the 2008 curriculum educates students about the history of cycling and includes bike safety and maintenance tips.

According to San Jose Mayor Chuck Reed, teaching youth about the history of cycling and of proper bicycle use and safety is important. "We want to encourage residents to adopt bicycling as an everyday mode of transportation and contribute to San Jose being America's center for green innovation," said Mayor Reed. "We applaud the Amgen Tour of California for developing these materials and welcome the race to our City for the third year in a row."

Provided to more than 12 schools in San Jose and more than 200 schools throughout the state, the booklet also provides information about the state of California, including targeted lesson plans that use cycling as a means to teach core subjects such as math, science and geography.

"We are proud to work with the Amgen Tour of California in bringing you an educational booklet for students in grades four through six," said Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger in his opening note to teachers. "Our hope is that you will use this handbook to increase your awareness of cycling and to encourage your students to start riding a bicycle for exercise, recreation and lifelong health."

"We saw an incredible level of support from young people in every community we visited during the past two Amgen Tour of California races," said Kristin Bachochin, senior director of AEG Sports, presenter of the race. "This curriculum is designed to further engage young Californians and not only get them excited about cycling, but also educate them about how to lead an active lifestyle and the benefits of developing healthy habits at a young age."

In addition to informative lessons about bike safety, team sports, the history of cycling and the geography of California, classroom activities such as weather charting, crossword puzzles and word searches allow educators to reach students with engaging material developed specifically for students in grades four through six.

Building on last year's second annual stage race, which attracted 1.6 million spectators, the 2008 Amgen Tour of California will visit 12 host cities for official stage starts and finishes, with communities along the route getting the chance to see firsthand a lineup of some of the best and most recognizable teams in the world. Host cities for the eight stages include: Palo Alto-Stanford University (new in 2008), Sausalito, Santa Rosa, Sacramento, Modesto (new in 2008), San Jose, Seaside, San Luis Obispo, Solvang, Santa Barbara, Santa Clarita and Pasadena (new in 2008).


The largest cycling event in America, the 2008 Amgen Tour of California is a Tour de France-style road race presented by AEG that will challenge the world's top professional cycling teams to compete along a demanding 650-mile course from Palo Alto-Stanford University to Pasadena from February 17-24, 2008.


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