The Amgen Tour of California cycle race, which included Santa Clarita as a host city for 13 stages since it began in 2006 but skipped the city in 2018, will apparently return to the SCV in May 2019.
Tour of California owner-presenter AEG representatives and members of the Santa Clarita City Council are set to reveal dates and details in a “breaking news” press conference at City Hall set for Wednesday morning, Dec. 5. Members of the SCV Bicycle Coalition are also slated to attend.
Whether the race’s 2019 Santa Clarita stop will be a finish, a start, or both, will be announced then, Carrie Luhan, city spokesperson, said Monday.
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.
Santa Clarita’s 13 stages, most recently the 2017 Stage 4 finish on May 17, total more than any other host city in the ATOC’s 13-year history.
“We did a study years ago that showed we got an estimated $1 million in economic impact for a finish in our city,” Evan Thomason, Santa Clarita economic development associate, said in 2017. A start would generate a little less, he said. Either way, he said, “It’s a big benefit to the local economy.”
Find out more at the official TOC website.