Curtiss-Wright’s Defense Solutions division, a trusted leading supplier of rugged systems for aerospace and defense, has announced that it is the proud sponsor of the Santa Clarita-to-Pasadena leg of the Amgen Tour of California 2019, which took place on 18 May.

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.

Curtiss-Wright Defense Solutions division senior vice-president and general manager Lynn Bamford said: “We are very excited to sponsor the Santa Clarita-to-Pasadena leg of the Amgen Tour of California race.

“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.”

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.