The City of Santa Clarita and Local Organizing Committee for the Amgen Tour of California will be hosting a free viewing party in anticipation of the world’s top cyclists heading to Santa Clarita on Monday, May 13, 2013 at Salt Creek Grille located at 24415 Town Center Drive. The viewing party will start at 7:30 p.m. with race coverage beginning at 8:00 p.m.
“This viewing party will be a nice event for cycling fans to watch the beginning of the race as the tour makes its way up to Santa Clarita,” said Mayor Bob Kellar. “The party will feature a nightly recap along with other exciting, race related news, and this really is a great way for community members to experience the Tour before arriving in our City.”
Salt Creek Grille will be broadcasting the NBC Sports Network nightly recap of the race with food and drinks available for purchase. Santa Clarita’s Local Organizing Committee for the race will be raffling off great prizes, including signed rider jerseys, limited-edition Santa Clarita Trail Packs and more.
For the first time in race history, the Amgen Tour of California will travel the entire length of California on a demanding course from south to north, beginning in Escondido and working its way up to San Francisco with the final stage ending in Santa Rosa. Scheduled over eight consecutive days from May 12-19, 2013, the race will visit 13 host cities for official stage starts and finishes, with communities along the route getting the chance to see firsthand a lineup of some of the top cyclists in the world.
Santa Clarita will host the Finish of Stage 3, one of the longest lengths of the race at 111.8 miles, on Tuesday, May 14, 2013, with the race starting from Marie Kerr Park in Palmdale and ending on Magic Mountain Parkway. The stage will feature a 22-mile climb up Lake Hughes Road and follow the route of the famous Furnace Creek 508, the ultra-endurance race through Santa Clarita. The peloton will likely break apart on the massive climb, but an 18 mile descent to the finish will give riders a chance to regroup and mount a large field sprint toward the finish line.
On Wednesday, May 15, 2013, the City will kick off Stage 4, starting on Town Center Drive in Santa Clarita and travel north to the finish location on Cabrillo Boulevard in Santa Barbara. Veteran Amgen Tour of California racers will recognize this stage from past races, but they will be riding in reverse. After the desert terrain of Stage 3, riders will welcome ocean breezes as they descend to the finish in Coastal Santa Barbara.
Spectators can expect fun activities for the whole family leading up to the race including tricycle races, autograph signings with many of the world’s top cyclists and the exciting start of the race itself. The start ceremonies will begin at 10:00a.m. with the crack of the starter’s pistol sounding at noon.
For more information on the viewing party or the Amgen Tour of California, contact Evan Thomason at (661) 286-4167 or visit Santa-Clarita.com/TourOfCA.