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Route details announced for Santa Clarita stages of the 2014 Amgen Tour of California

City will host two stage starts

Posted: February 20, 2014 10:35 a.m.
Updated: February 20, 2014 10:35 a.m.

Competitors in the 2013 Amgen Tour of California turn the corner from McBean Parkway onto Newhall Ranch Road in Valencia at the start of Stage 4 of the bicycle race on May 15. Photo by Dan Watson.

 

Santa Clarita, CA – Specific route details for the 2014 Amgen Tour of California professional cycling race were revealed today by AEG, presenter of the ninth annual event which will once again feature top professional teams and athletes from around the world.   The City of Santa Clarita returns as a host city for the Amgen Tour of California on Friday, May 16 and Saturday, May 17, 2014. This year marks the sixth time that Santa Clarita will serve as host city for the world-class event, and will be the first city in race history to host two stage starts.  

Westfield Valencia Town Center will be a familiar location for the Amgen Tour of California, but a notable difference in this year’s race is Santa Clarita will also showcase Old Town Newhall for the first time in race history.  The newly-revitalized Main Street will be front and center for the first of two stage starts in Santa Clarita, drawing in an international community of cycling fans.  Riders can expect a fresh start and intimate experience in one of Southern California’s most unique communities, featuring historic points of interest and a premier arts and entertainment district. 

On Friday, May 16, 2014, Santa Clarita will kick off Stage 6, starting on Main Street in Old Town Newhall, where riders will travel for approximately 95 miles until reaching the finish stage at Mountain High North, the second true mountaintop finish of 2014. 

The teams will return to Santa Clarita the morning of Saturday, May 17, 2014 for the Start of Stage 7 at the popular Westfield Valencia Town Center Mall, kicking off an 89 mile journey to the finish line in Pasadena, but not before passing the Rose Bowl and the iconic Colorado Street Bridge.   

According to economic impact studies, the 2013 race alone generated approximately $1 million dollars towards the local economy. The 2014 Amgen Tour of California is also anticipated to bring a similar significant positive economic impact to Santa Clarita.

A series of local events will be held in the lead-up to the race, including the return of the popular Hit the Trail community bike ride.  For more information on the Amgen Tour of California, volunteer and sponsorship opportunities, as well as events, visit Santa-Clarita.com/TourofCA

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Comments

Unreal: Posted: February 20, 2014 11:35 a.m.

Are they going through the roundabout? I bet if we had a new art piece there the world would be impressed and flock to downtown Newhall.


chefgirl358: Posted: February 20, 2014 12:05 p.m.

Oh joy. I am laughing so hard about the city trying to force people to go to downtown newhall any way they can. After this event, and everyone getting a good hard look at "main street", I think we can finally kiss this race goodbye, because who would want to come back to that? I live here and I don't even want to see it, in fact I do everything possible to avoid driving anywhere near the vicinity.


Unreal: Posted: February 20, 2014 1:58 p.m.

Me too. After seeing lovely Main Street do they get to ride up beautiful San Fernando Road? Oh, I forgot they renamed it to Newhall Road or something right.
I am sure the lovely train tracks and the low rent motel's will be something they remember.

Maybe they are going to route them up Lyons past the hospital so they miss the rest of Newhall.


Sam2222: Posted: February 20, 2014 2:04 p.m.

You have to wonder if there is enough parking in Newhall for this event and the Friday commuters who use the Metrolink.


lars1: Posted: February 20, 2014 2:47 p.m.

This is not free. Every taxpayer is paying BIG TIME for this event.


According to economic impact studies, the 2013 race alone generated approximately $1 million dollars towards the local economy. Where is the study?

Other cities have spent upwards of a half million dollars on getting this event. The city pays for rooms and meals for the race officials.

http://www.escondido.org/ ccagendas/MG152868/AS152884














/AI152912/DO152920/DO_152920.PDF The city has little concern with dropping $30 Million on the Internet Cafe, and $2+ Million on the roundabout. How much is the city spending on this?

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chefgirl358: Posted: February 20, 2014 4:05 p.m.

Can you imagine the people coming here from far away that aren't familiar with the area that probably stayed at the beautiful Hilton across from the mall before, and now book a room at the Santa Clarita Motel or whatever the heck that hole is on (what I will always refer to as) San Fernando Road? UGH! I feel bad for any tourists to our city, especially that have never been here before, and downtown Newhall is going to be their first impression? That's going to be both visits here for them...first and last.


Vtown123: Posted: February 20, 2014 6:27 p.m.

So much negativity here.


SingleMomOfOne: Posted: February 21, 2014 9:48 p.m.

I for one love and appreciate cycling and tend to watch the tour of France in its entirety. Some of the racers in that annual race come here to for this one and its amazing to see just how fast they whiz by...not so keen on the traffic and street closures brought by this event, guess its all part of the fun...

I do agree with the roundabout comment, that might make it more I dont know...familiar to some of the participants...


alex01: Posted: February 21, 2014 5:59 a.m.

why not six flags instead?????


ricketzz: Posted: February 21, 2014 6:06 a.m.

"Revitalized" meaning devoid of any human activity (besides a Pawn Shop and a couple greasy spoon restaurants). How can anyone with a straight face call it "revitalized' the same week the only grocery store within miles packs it in??



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