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City Officials Are Bringing Major Cycling Race Back To Santa Clarita

The Amgen Tour of California will be spending two days in Santa Clarita as it rolls through California next May.

The internationally recognized, 750-mile, 8-stage race will begin its third stage May 14 in Palmdale and end the same day in Santa Clarita around 3:45 p.m. The following day, the fourth stage will start in Santa Clarita and finish that same day in Santa Barbara.

"The race is one of the most thrilling events I've ever been to," said City Councilman Bob Kellar, who announced the event Tuesday at a City Hall news conference Tuesday. "We are so proud to play host to the Amgen Tour of California."

The details of where the local part of the route will take cyclists is still under negotiations with officials and sponsors, according to Rick Gould, director of parks, recreation and community services. However, the race is likely to travel alongside the path of Highway 126 when it leaves Santa Clarita on May 15, Gould said.

The route is likely to be released some time in January, according to Gould, who has coordinated local hosting efforts for the five times that the city has played host to the eighth annual event.

Past city  studies have indicated about a $1 million boon to local businesses from the rave, due to more than 900 event employees who stay in local hotels, as well as countless tourists who travel to the area to view the race.