Amgen Tour re­turns to SCV

Cy­cling com­peti­tors set to race through Santa Clarita in 2019

The Signal - - Front page - By Tammy Murga Sig­nal Staff Writer

After skip­ping Santa Clarita last year, the Amgen Tour of Cal­i­for­nia will re­turn in 2019 and the city will host the start of the fi­nal stage for both the men’s and women’s races, city of­fi­cials an­nounced Wed­nes­day morn­ing.

“We’re ex­cited to an­nounce that the city of Santa Clarita will be a host city for the 2019 Amgen Tour of Cal­i­for­nia on Satur­day, May 18. Bravo!” said Mayor Lau­rene Weste.

The an­nounce­ment came fol­low­ing the Amgen Tour’s re­lease of the 13 host cities, start­ing with Sacra­mento on May 12 and end­ing in Pasadena on May 18. All com­peti­tors will race through the streets of Santa Clarita as they race to­ward the over­all fin­ish line in Pasadena.

The up­com­ing race is set to mark Santa Clarita’s 14th time as a host, a record of host­ing more stages in race his­tory than any other city.

The Amgen Tour of Cal­i­for­nia

is a Tour de France-style cy­cling road race that chal­lenges the world’s top pro­fes­sional cy­cling teams to com­plete a seven-day, seven-stage course that tra­verses more than 750 miles of the state’s road­ways, high­ways and coast­lines.

This year, the Amgen Tour of Cal­i­for­nia Women’s Race

em­pow­ered with SRAM, show­cas­ing the world’s elite women cy­clists, will run con­cur­rently May 1618, cov­er­ing up­wards of 180 miles over three stages, ac­cord­ing to a pre­pared state­ment re­leased by the city and the Amgen Tour.

Lo­cal women cy­clists are al­ready cheer­ing, in­clud­ing Nina Moskol, cy­clist and chair­woman of the Los An­ge­les County Bi­cy­cle Coali­tion SCV chap­ter.

“I’m re­ally ex­cited about the women’s Tour of Cal­i­for­nia to fi­nally come to South­ern Cal­i­for­nia,” she said. “We’ve been see­ing the race in North­ern Cal­i­for­nia and it’s about time to bring it down south.”

Weste said the event is a great ben­e­fit as it “brings re­gional, na­tional and in­ter­na­tional eyes to the city of Santa Clarita.”

Lo­cal busi­nesses are also known to ben­e­fit from the

tour such as lo­cal ho­tels and restau­rants. Cindy Marnoch of In­cy­cle Bi­cy­cles in Va­len­cia said rev­enue peaks “be­cause peo­ple get ex­cited about cy­cling. We missed a year last year so we re­ally no­ticed and we’re very thrilled to be in­cluded once again.”

To stay en­gaged with the race and all the events lead­ing up to the event, visit san­taclar­i­ta­tourofca.com.

Cory Ru­bin/The Sig­nal

Santa Clarita of­fi­cials an­nounced the Amgen Tour of Cal­i­for­nia will re­turn to Santa Clarita in 2019.

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