Curtiss-Wright’s Defense Solutions division, a trusted leading supplier of rugged systems for aerospace and defense with a facility in Santa Clarita, will be a sponsor of the Santa Clarita-to-Pasadena leg of the Amgen Tour of California on Saturday, May 18.
The Amgen Tour of California is a Tour de France-style cycling road race created and presented by AEG that challenges the world’s top professional cycling teams to compete along a demanding course that traverses hundreds of miles of California’s iconic highways, byways and coastlines each spring.
The teams chosen to participate have included Olympic medalists, Tour de France contenders and World Champions.
This year, the course runs from May 12-18, and includes the Host Cities of Sacramento, Rancho Cordova, South Lake Tahoe, Stockton, Morgan Hill, Laguna Seca, Morro Bay, Pismo Beach, Ventura, Ontario, Mt. Baldy, Santa Clarita, and Pasadena.
“We are very excited to sponsor the Santa Clarita-to-Pasadena leg of the Amgen Tour of California race,” said Lynn Bamford, senior vice president and general manager, Defense Solutions division. “It’s a great event and a great opportunity for us to support the local community, as our Santa Clarita facility has designed and manufactured state-of-the-art rugged systems for aerospace and defense customers for several decades.”
Glenn Curtiss in France, 1909.
Curtiss-Wright’s Roots in the History of Cycling
Curtiss-Wright’s own history is linked to the earliest days of cycling in America, as the Company’s founders, aviation pioneers, Glenn Curtiss, and the Wright Brothers, Wilbur and Orville Wright, began their own historic careers in the bicycle business early in the 20th Century.
Glenn Curtiss was a noted bicycle racer and designer in Hammondsport, New York, before turning his attention to aviation. And the Wright Brothers, based their historic experiments in manned flight from their bicycle shop in Dayton, Ohio. In fact, their breakthrough “wing warping” solution for flight control was inspired by twisting a bicycle inner tube box.
Wilbur Wright (left) and his brother Orville with glider at Kitty Hawk, North Carolina, 1901.
About Curtiss-Wright Corporation
Curtiss-Wright Corporation is a global innovative company that delivers highly engineered, critical function products and services to the commercial, industrial, defense and energy markets. Building on the heritage of Glenn Curtiss and the Wright brothers, Curtiss-Wright has a long tradition of providing reliable solutions through trusted customer relationships. The company employs approximately 9,000 people worldwide. For more information, visit www.curtisswright.com.
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