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The City of Palmdale is honored to host the Stage 3 start of the eight-day Amgen Tour of California. The Palmdale to Santa Clarita race will offer a challenging course for the racers, and spectacular viewing for cycling enthusiasts.
Nestled in the picturesque and expansive Antelope Valley, Palmdale is located just 60 miles north of Los Angeles. Over the past decade, it has emerged as one of the fastest developing communities in California while maintaining its wholesome, small-town charm. As the birthplace of stealth technology, Palmdale is home to the world’s largest aerospace companies: Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Company, Northrop Grumman, The Boeing Company and NASA.
With an abundance of fresh clean air, beautiful blue skies, breathtaking sunsets and over 300 days of sunshine a year, Palmdale provides the perfect backdrop to healthy living. There are endless opportunities for fun in Palmdale, with the City’s beautiful outdoor parks, endless trails and championship golf courses. Attractions such as DryTown Water Park provide wet and wild fun during summer months; Joe Davies Heritage Airpark at Palmdale Plant 42 is a great destination for history buffs and anyone who enjoys looking at “cool” airplanes; and Best of the West Softball Complex offers year-round play. The Palmdale Playhouse provides a connection to community performing arts, while the Palmdale Amphitheater, a 10,000-seat outdoor concert venue, offers music lovers the opportunity to hear a wide variety of entertainers under the beautiful desert skies.
Palmdale anticipates a great deal of enthusiasm and tremendous local support for the Palmdale stage of this world-renowned event. Cycling enthusiasts enjoy the many route options available, from long slow rides offering panoramic vistas along wide open roads, to challenging climbs for those seeking a serious workout.
For more information about the beautiful City of Palmdale, please visit www.cityofpalmdale.org or call 661/267-5115.
"It's said that ‘the third time is a charm,' and I know that everyone in the City of Palmdale is thrilled and proud that we’re a host city for the third time for the prestigious Amgen Tour of California. Our experiences in 2010 and 2012 really energized and brought our community together in a spirit of volunteerism and camaraderie. People of all ages lined our streets to enjoy this demonstration of high-level athleticism and competition. We are honored that we can once again invite an international audience to witness a world class event like this in Palmdale."
— Palmdale Mayor Jim Ledford
As a founding sponsor, Visit California is pleased to be a part of the 2013 Amgen Tour of California. For insider trip ideas, cruise over to visitcalifornia.com.
PALMDALE / STAGE 3 Start, May 14
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