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2nd AmgenTour of California News 9 February 2007
 
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Date: 2/9/2007
2nd AmgenTour of California News 9 February 2007
 

Tour of California News
CSC Birds Eye View of the 2007 Amgen Tour of California, Maxxis Sponsors, Volunteers.

 

CSC OFFERs FANS A ‘Bird’s EyE’ view of the 2007 Amgen Tour of California
Computer Sciences Corporation (NYSE: CSC), the official information technology (IT) sponsor and a "founding partner" of the 2007 Amgen Tour of California, announced that it will provide wireless global positioning system (GPS) object field tracking to help fans follow riders and teams throughout the race. The Amgen Tour of California is a Tour de France style cycling road race which will feature 18 of the world’s top professional teams competing along a demanding 650-mile course from San Francisco to Long Beach, Calif. this February 18-25.

The GPS capability is part of CSC's new OmniLocation suite of location awareness technologies designed to provide safety, security, and accountability services to its clients worldwide. The tracking technology will provide cycling fans with a near real-time detailed view of select race leaders and vehicles at www.amgentourofcalifornia.com. Using GPS and general packet radio service (GPRS) technology, the tracking solution will offer a “bird’s eye” view of multiple objects moving at speed and in close proximity along with information detail previously available only at ground level.

CSC will supply the data, which will allow the entire field to be seen visibly moving over the race course. Tagged riders will carry 90-gram field trackers, which communicate data through the T-Mobile GSM network. Yahoo! Maps geographic information system will display rider locations through Adobe Presentation media. CSC will also provide a Google Maps view of the riders and race vehicles at www.csc.com/toctracker.

CSC also will present stage five of the Amgen Tour of California, the Solvang time trial on Friday, Feb. 23, and receive enhanced on-site and broadcast exposure on network partner VERSUS that day, including promotional announcements, company themed interviews, active participation in the awards ceremony and course signage.

“The Amgen Tour of California is the perfect vehicle for CSC to showcase some of the things we’re most proud of,” said CSC President and Chief Operating Officer Mike Laphen. “These include our leading edge technology solutions, the number one cycling team in the world – Team CSC – and the state of California, which is home to our headquarters.”

Team CSC, the number one pro-cycling team and winner of the team competition in the inaugural Amgen Tour of California in 2006, will return to compete in the 2007 race. Throughout the eight days of the race, the riders will compete against 17 other world-class teams as they seek victory for a second consecutive year.

"We are looking forward to defending our great results from last year at the Amgen Tour of California and perhaps even more,” said Bjarne Riis, owner and manager of Team CSC. “We definitely made our mark in the premiere edition and we are very motivated to come back and ride in the front. It is a great race and we intend to make CSC and our other US-based sponsors proud.”

"Our goal is to build upon the Amgen Tour of California fan experience year after year, and we are thrilled that CSC will be employing its innovative technology to us to help accomplish that, especially by enabling fans to get even more involved in the race by being able to pinpoint how the race leaders are doing from their desktops," said Shawn Hunter, president of AEG Sports, presenters of the race.

For more information about the 2007 Amgen Tour of California, please visit www.amgentourofcalifornia.com.

About CSC: Computer Sciences Corporation is a leading global information technology (IT) services company. CSC’s mission is to provide customers in industry and government with solutions crafted to meet their specific challenges and enable them to profit from the advanced use of technology.
With approximately 77,000 employees, CSC provides innovative solutions for customers around the world by applying leading technologies and CSC’s own advanced capabilities. These include systems design and integration; IT and business process outsourcing; applications software development; Web and application hosting; and management consulting. Headquartered in El Segundo, Calif., CSC reported revenue of $14.7 billion for the 12 months ended Dec. 29, 2006. For more information, visit the company’s Web site at www.csc.com.

Volunteer 2007 Amgen Tour of California
With More than 1 Million People Expected to Attend, 4,000 Volunteers
Needed to Staff this Year's Professional Cycling Race
Race organizers announced that volunteer opportunities for the 2007 Amgen Tour of California cycling road race are now posted online at the official tour Web site www.amgentourofcalifornia.com. Volunteers can apply online for positions ranging from course marshal and hospitality host, to security, media relations and medical support.

"Volunteers are vital to making a race of this caliber a success," said Shawn Hunter, president of AEG Sports, presenters of the race. "Without the support of the communities we travel through, the Amgen Tour of California wouldn't be able to accommodate the more than 1.3 million fans and world-class roster of athletes that are part of the race."

More than 4,000 volunteers in communities throughout the state participated in last year’s inaugural race, helping make the largest sporting event in the state of California a seamless and successful race from start to finish. In each of the host cities, as many as 350 local volunteers were recruited to help staff the race.

The majority of volunteers are needed to serve as course marshals, providing support for the 75 professional course marshals that travel with the tour and the local law enforcement authorities in each city. Course marshal volunteers have an opportunity to be on the race route, close to the cyclists, with responsibility for monitoring pedestrian traffic, barricades and street closures.
Volunteers must be over 18 or accompanied by an adult. The online sign-up form offers volunteers the opportunity to rank their top-three job preferences and every attempt is made to match volunteers to their area of interest.

For further information on volunteering for the 2007 Amgen Tour of California, please visit www.AmgenTourofCalifornia.com/Tour/volunteer  or go to local host city Web site

Maxxis Becomes Sponsor of the 2007 Amgen Tour of California
Maxxis will be a sponsor of the 2007 Amgen Tour of California, lending its support to an event which combines world-class cycling with the scenic wonders of California. The tour, expected to attract 18 internationally known teams plus more than 1 million spectators, will be held February 18-25.

Maxxis will again be the official automotive and bicycle tire of the eight-day tour, which in its second year is the largest professional cycling event in North America. The Amgen Tour of California will follow a 650-mile route through 12 host cities, including San Francisco, San Jose, Santa Barbara, and Long Beach.

As during last year’s inaugural event, Maxxis also will sponsor the “Maxxis Stunt Rider Central” in the Lifestyle Festivals presented by HealthNet to be held in the eight finish cities. Fans can take advantage of health and fitness tests at the Lifestyle Expos, collect great swag from sponsors and participating companies, learn about bicycle safety, and catch all the day’s action on the finish line big screen. And when not busy watching the world’s best riders compete, spectators can see the DK BMX stunt team perform jaw-dropping tricks at each Lifestyle Festival, courtesy of Maxxis.

“As the second Amgen Tour of California approaches, the excitement at Maxxis is palpable,” said Bicycle Assistant Manager Brad Klipping. “In just one year, the tour has broadened our expectations for how cycling can touch the lives of millions of fans, inspiring each of us to push harder. The tour is an incredible way to spread the message of how thrilling a healthy lifestyle can really be, because cheering on the professionals encourages everyone to participate in cycling, whatever their level. Maxxis is proud to be the official tire of the Amgen Tour of California for the second year. We hope that fans everywhere will share in the excitement.”

About Maxxis International: Maxxis International is a producer of high quality automotive, light truck, motorcycle, ATV, bicycle, lawn & garden and industrial tires. Maxxis has delivered quality tires to original equipment and aftermarket customers for over 39 years. For more information on Maxxis and Maxxis products, please visit maxxis.com.

ABOUT AEG: AEG is one of the leading sports and entertainment presenters in the world. AEG, a wholly owned subsidiary of The Anschutz Company, owns or controls a collection of companies including facilities such as STAPLES Center, The Home Depot Center, Toyota Park, Toyota Sports Center, Anaheim Convention Center Arena, El Rey Theatre, Colosseum at Caesars Palace, NOKIA Theatre at Grand Prairie and NOKIA Theatre Times Square; sports franchises including the Los Angeles Kings (NHL), Los Angeles Riptide (MLL), four Major League Soccer franchises, two hockey franchises operated in Europe, management of privately held shares of the Los Angeles Lakers (NBA) and Los Angeles Sparks (WNBA), the ING Bay to Breakers foot race and the Amgen Tour of California cycling road race; AEG LIVE, the organization’s live-entertainment division, is a collection of companies dedicated to all aspects of live contemporary music performance, touring and a variety of programming and multi-media production. Additionally, the company has begun fully developing London’s 28-acre Millennium Dome which includes a 23,000-seat arena, the O2 and over 650,000sf of leisure and entertainment use within the ‘Dome’ and additional arenas; The O2 World on a 45-acre site in the heart of Berlin; Citizen’s Business Bank Arena in Ontario, California; Sprint Center in Kansas City, Missouri; as well as Red Bull Park, a soccer stadium in Harrison, New Jersey; and L.A. Live, a $2.5 billion sports and entertainment district in downtown Los Angeles. For more information, visit AEG today at www.aegworldwide.com
 

 
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