2012-02-09 / Front Page

Tour of California bike race date is on for May

By Erik Skindrud, Gazette Reporter

Riders pass through Mariposa during the 2009 Amgen Tour of California bicycle race. Tour organizers have announced that the race will pass through town again this May 16. (Jill Ballinger | Gazette File Photo)Riders pass through Mariposa during the 2009 Amgen Tour of California bicycle race. Tour organizers have announced that the race will pass through town again this May 16. (Jill Ballinger | Gazette File Photo)The world’s cycling fans will watch the Amgen Tour of California pass through Mariposa this May 16.

Tour officials made final route announcements for the 2012 Tour last week.

Mariposa sits at the center of the race’s Stage 4—which starts in Sonora and passes over 130 miles of rolling terrain to the Fresno suburb of Clovis.

The race is a spectator treat for locals, but also helps boost tourism, said one restaurant owner who watched the tour pass through in 2009.

Get the full story and a route map in this week's Mariposa Gazette.

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