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Amgen Tour unveils route through Santa Clarita

Stage 7 cycles from Town Center to the Rose Bowl

Posted: December 4, 2008 9:53 p.m.
Updated: December 5, 2008 4:30 a.m.

Bicyclists whiz down McBean Parkway towards Valencia Boulevard during the Amgen Tour of California last February.

Amgen Tour of California officials announced Thursday the course the world-class cycle race will take out of Santa Clarita, a host city for the third consecutive year.

The nine-day, eight-stage, 750-mile race winds through 16 California cities from Feb. 14 to Feb. 22.

Starting at noon Saturday, Feb. 21, the Santa Clarita-to-Pasadena Stage 7 is the second-to-last stage of the race and the only leg in the Los Angeles area.

The first 25 miles of Stage 7 will be a gradual climb from Santa Clarita through Acton.

Cyclists will ride from Town Center Drive onto McBean Parkway in Valencia, then travel to Newhall Ranch Road and onto Bouquet Canyon Road.

The cyclists will continue up Bouquet Canyon Road to Vasquez Canyon Road heading east and then onto Sierra Highway and Sand Canyon Road as they prepare to leave Santa Clarita.

After Soledad Canyon Road, participants wind their way to the first "sprint" of the stage.

When the riders reach Acton, they will head southeast to Aliso Canyon and onto Angeles Forest Highway, where they will encounter a "King of the Mountain" hill climb.

The route continues uphill into the San Gabriel Mountains to the Millcreek Summit, the second-highest elevation ever reached by the Amgen Tour of California.

Descending with a 15-mile run to Angeles Crest Highway, the route takes a fast plunge to the Rose Bowl in Pasadena. After more than 65 miles from Santa Clarita to Pasadena, riders will complete the stage with five laps on a five-mile circuit through the area surrounding the Rose Bowl.

The city of Santa Clarita is planning several events leading up to the race, including a Jan. 24 community bike ride and rally and "Hit the Trail," a guided community bike ride ending at a rally at Bridgeport Park in Valencia.

Residents can stay up-to-date on Amgen Tour of California by checking


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