The Amgen Tour of California has visited the Monterey Peninsula several times, beginning with the debut event in 2006. And when officials announced the 2014 route on Tuesday, the course included a return trip to Monterey next May.
But while the announcement will mark a welcomed return to the picturesque ocean community, the news came as a surprise to Monterey city officials.
Tommy Wright, a staff writer for the Monterey County Herald, reported in Wednesday’s edition that the city didn’t put in an application to be a part of next year’s race.
“We have not been contacted at all by anyone from (the tour) about this. This is the first that the city has heard of it,” Anne McGrath, a spokeswoman for the City of Monterey, told the newspaper.
The fourth stage of the race is scheduled to start in Monterey on May 14.
John David Van Kirk, communications coordinator for the Monterey County Convention & Visitors Bureau, said race organizers contacted the bureau about returning to Monterey, according to The Herald.
“They came to us asking if we were interested in participating,” Van Kirk said. “We let them know that we had no dollar amount or personnel that we could put towards it and they basically came back saying that they are very interested in coming here and they would work with us and the city to cover the financial burden of it.”
The ninth edition of the Tour of California is scheduled to start May 11 in Sacramento. Additional host cities include: Folsom, Mt. Diablo State Park (Danville), San Jose, Monterey, Cambria, Pismo Beach, Santa Barbara, Mountain High (Wrightwood), Santa Clarita, Pasadena and the overall finish May 18 in Thousand Oaks.
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