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The Tour of California

For the fourth straight year, the Tour of California professional bicycle race is coming to San José. On May 18, some of the best cyclists on the planet will climb to a breath-taking mountain-top finish up Sierra Road – a 3.9 mile climb at an average grade of 12 percent.
Yet the real climb was made by Mayor Reed and the San José City Council, to keep the race in San José during difficult budget times.
To underwrite the race, the city sought a public-private partnership – in this case with the Silicon Valley Leadership Group – to raise roughly half the money.
Such is the respect among Valley employers for the mayor, the council and the city, that in one email to a small segment of our member companies, more than $150,000 was pledged – most from Valley firms not headquartered in San José, but part of the Silicon Valley family.
The Tour of California is much more than a bicycle race, it is a celebration of health and fitness. It also represents a viable option to the automobile and is a great example of the private sector stepping up to the plate to work with our public sector partners.
It’s not possible to fund every worthy request, but these partnerships – whether through time, talent or treasure – will further strengthen the bonds that make our Valley a community.

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