America’s largest bicycle race is returning to the South Coast in 2013, after bypassing the region this year.
The Amgen Tour of California will include a stop in Santa Barbara in 2013. The eighth annual race will go from south to north for the first time, starting in Escondido, and ending in Santa Rosa. The tour runs from May 12th through May 19th. On Wednesday, May 15th, the cyclists will ride from Santa Clarita to Santa Barbara, where they will spend the night. Then the following morning, they’ll take off on the next leg of the competition, from Santa Barbara to Avila Beach.
Past tour stops in the region have included Solvang, Santa Barbara and Thousand Oaks, but the race bypassed the South Coast this year.
The Amgen tour attracts some of the world’s top cyclists, and is televised internationally.