Free bike workshop in conjunction with Amgen Tour of California

Bike workshopPALMDALE – Sports Chalet in Palmdale will host a free bike workshop this Saturday (April 20) in conjunction with Amgen Tour of California coming to Palmdale.

The bike workshop will be from 2 to 4 p.m. at Sports Chalet, located in the Palmdale Marketplace at 39180 10th Street West.

Certified bike technicians will be on hand to demonstrate basic bike maintenance and safety checks. Attendees will receive a free Amgen Tour of California gift tote. One tote per family while supplies last.

For more information on this event, call 661-266-3232.

Stage 3 of the 2013 Amgen Tour of California is coming to Palmdale on Tuesday, May 14. The festivities will begin at 8:30 a.m. at Marie Kerr Park, with the starting pistol being fired at 11:20 a.m. to begin a 110 mile journey from Palmdale to Santa Clarita.

Some of the top cyclists in the world, including Olympic athletes and Tour of France competitors, will compete.

After leaving Marie Kerr, the cyclists will head west on Rancho Vista Boulevard all the way up until they reach Avenue N.

At Avenue N, the cyclists will make a left and head west all the way up to 70th Street West. From there, they head north to Avenue I, where, if conditions are good, they will see  an amazing display of poppies along the way.

From Avenue I, the racers turn left and head west to Munz Ranch Road and up the hill for the first of four King of the Mountain stages of the race.

Once they finish the hill, they’ll head east on Lake Elizabeth Road until reaching San Francisquito Canyon, where they will embark on the first of three canyon routes.

Twelve cities have been named official Host City partners for the 2013 Amgen Tour of California, which will take riders on a south-to-north course for the first time in the eight-year race history.

The 12 Host City partners for the 2013 Amgen Tour of California include:

  • Stage 1: Sunday, May 12 – Escondido
  • Stage 2: Monday, May 13 – Murrieta to Greater Palm Springs
  • Stage 3: Tuesday, May 14 – Palmdale to Santa Clarita
  • Stage 4: Wednesday, May 15 – Santa Clarita to Santa Barbara
  • Stage 5: Thursday, May 16 – Santa Barbara to Avila Beach
  • Stage 6: Friday, May 17 – San Jose (Individual Time Trial)
  • Stage 7: Saturday, May 18 – Livermore to Mt. Diablo
  • Stage 8: Sunday, May 19 – San Francisco to Santa Rosa

Sponsorship opportunities with the City of Palmdale are available.

“Sponsorships are an important and unique way to connect businesses to consumers, all in the name of fun,” said Palmdale’s Marketing and Sponsorship Specialist Stella Knight. “These partnerships ranging from $100 to $20,000 can be leveraged by businesses to connect with consumers all in the name of fun. With the international attention that the Amgen Tour of California attracts, sponsorships will be of great value to any business as well as an investment in our community. In 2011 alone, the race generated 3.5 billion online, print and television impressions locally and worldwide.”

For sponsorship information, contact Knight at or 661-267-5599.

For more information on the 2013 Amgen Tour of California, and to view the 2013 Amgen Tour of California map, visit, the City of Palmdale’s Web site and, or on Facebook at