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UPDATE: Santa Clarita to play host to Amgen Tour

Posted: November 27, 2012 1:39 p.m.
Updated: November 27, 2012 1:39 p.m.

Santa Clarita City Mayor Pro-Tem Bob Kellar announces Santa Clarita as one of twelve cities to host the 2013 Amgen Tour of California in May 2013. The announcement was made at Santa Clarita City Hall on Tuesday afternoon.


Santa Clarita has been named as one of the host city partners for the 2013 Amgen Tour of California.

The city will partner with Palmdale for the third stage of the tour May 14 and 15, 2013. The route on those days will go from Palmdale to Santa Clarita to Santa Barbara.

Speaking at a press conference Tuesday, Councilman Bob Kellar called the event “one of the most thrilling” he has ever attended.

“All of the hours of hard work are well worth it and those who attend will not be disappointed,” Kellar said.

Considered America’s largest and most prestigious professional road cycling stage race, the eighth consecutive edition of the tour will travel approximately 750 miles from May 12-19, 2013. The race, presented by AEG, will take riders on a south-to-north course for the first time in the eight-year race history.

The tour will go from Escondido to Santa Rosa.

“Santa Clarita is proud to once again return as a host city for the Amgen Tour of California and we couldn’t be happier to partner with the great city of Palmdale for the third stage of the race,” said Santa Clarita Mayor Frank Ferry. “As race fans travel from across the United States, and all over the world, we will plan on showing them some of the very best of what Southern California has to offer.”

Santa Clarita also hosted the race in 2007, 2008, 2009 and 2011.

Rick Gould, the city’s director of parks, recreation and community services, said the experience the city has hosting the race helped play a role in its selection for this year’s event.

From here, Gould said the city’s local organizing committee will begin looking at the exact route the race will take through the city.

This process includes working with the Los Angeles County Fire and Sheriff’s departments, relevant transportation authorities and meeting with private entities as needed. Gould estimated that the route would be finalized in late January or February.

“This event has a significant local impact on our community,” Gould said. “It is, in many ways, a recognition of the vitality of our city.”





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