Palmdale ATOC t-shirts discounted through April 11

PALMDALE – The City of Palmdale is offering residents the opportunity to purchase commemorative Amgen Tour of California (ATOC) t-shirts at the reduced price of $12, now through Wednesday, April 11.

The shirts, which feature a customized Palmdale ATOC logo, will cost $20 on the day of the race, scheduled to start at Marie Kerr Park in Palmdale on Friday, May 18.

“We want to let the community take advantage of a great price on these beautiful custom shirts,” said Palmdale’s Sponsorship and Marketing Specialist Stella Knight. “They’ll be available at the event, but by ordering now, you’ll save $8—a whopping 40 percent off!”

Full payment in advance is required. Customers will need to order directly from the City’s parks and recreation office, located at 38260 10th St. West. Hours are Monday through Thursday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.  The deadline for the discount is Wednesday, April 11 at 6 pm.  The $12 price includes tax and shipping.

For details and information, call 661-267-5611.

Stage 6 of Amgen Tour of California comes to Palmdale on May 18. The race, the largest in North America, will open with festivities beginning at 8:30 a.m. at Marie Kerr Park.

Once the official start gun has been fired, riders will leave Marie Kerr Park and head east on Rancho Vista Blvd., a flat straightaway past the heart of Palmdale’s busy retail center and Antelope Valley Mall, under the 14 Freeway, and past iconic Joshua trees in springtime bloom. This section of the race will provide outstanding viewing opportunities for bicycling enthusiasts and residents to catch the peloton as it travels through the heart of Palmdale.

The race begins in earnest when the riders take a hard right onto historic Sierra Highway. Formerly the El Camino Sierra Trail used by prospectors and adventurers in the 19th century, Sierra Highway is part of Historic Route 6. Riders will race along this nostalgic thoroughfare, passing Palmdale’s state-of-the-art Transportation Center, beautiful desert landscape, and picturesque Lake Palmdale at 2,980 feet above sea level before turning onto Pearblossom Highway. As the riders veer left onto Angeles Forest Hwy. from Pearblossom Highway, they will begin their arduous ascent into the San Gabriel Mountains, the first of two grueling uphill climbs of the day.

For further information on the 2012 Amgen Tour of California, and to view the 2012 Amgen Tour of California Host Cities video, visit For information on the race in Palmdale, visit

(Information via press release from the City of Palmdale.)