Amgen Tour of California 2013 Host Cities Announced

27 Nov

For the First Time Ever, Race will Travel from South to North, Starting in Escondido

Here’s the press release — Karen Kefauver

 LOS ANGELES (November 27, 2012) – Twelve cities have been named official Host City partners for the 2013 Amgen Tour of California by AEG, presenter of the race, helping to make up the route which will take riders on a South to North course for the first time in the eight-year race history. Considered America’s largest and most prestigious professional road cycling stage race, the eighth consecutive edition of the Amgen Tour of California will travel approximately 750 miles from May 12-19, 2013.


“Taking the Amgen Tour of California from South to North is something we always knew we wanted to do, and we are thrilled with the way things have come together for 2013,” said Kristin Bachochin, executive director of the Amgen Tour of California and senior vice president of AEG Sports. “We think this will bring a whole new element to the competition for the elite cyclists who participate, not to mention some striking California scenery for our worldwide audience. California provides a variety of beautiful yet challenging terrain, helping us achieve our goal of creating a challenging route year after year while showcasing the very best this state has to offer.” 

The official race start, Stage 1, will begin and finish in Escondido, a city located in northern San Diego that had previously hosted 2009’s spectacular overall finish. The next day, Stage 2 will take riders through the hot desert terrain from Murrieta to Greater Palm Springs, two cities making their race debut. For Stage 3, the race will return to Palmdale for a stage start and then travel approximately 100 miles west to the city of Santa Clarita. The city, which hosted the race in 2007, 2008, 2009 and 2011, will also serve as the start of Stage 4. From there, the cyclists will ride north toward the Pacific Coast and picturesqueSanta Barbara, which last hosted the race in 2008, for the Stage 4 finish.

“I’m very excited to hear about the new South – North route for the 2013 Amgen Tour of California,” said Chris Horner, 2011 Amgen Tour of California champion. “After growing up in San Diego, I love seeing the race back on the roads I’ve ridden for the past 25 years. Being welcomed by thousands of fans in Escondido in 2009 was a highlight of my career, and I’m sure the crowds will be even more amazing for the 2013 edition. The Amgen Tour of California is one of my favorite races of the year, and I’m already looking forward to battling it out on the California roads again this May!”

The race will remain in Santa Barbara for the start of Stage 5 of the 2013 Amgen Tour of California. Ocean views will provide the perfect backdrop for racers and spectators alike as the route heads north to Avila Beach for the Stage 5 finish. San Jose will play host to Stage 6 and the Individual Time Trial, marking the eighth consecutive year the race has visited the city. San Jose is the only city to participate in all eight editions of the race.

Stage 7 will start in Livermore and head to Mt. Diablo for an intense mountaintop finish. The eighth and final stage of the 2013 Amgen Tour of California will start in San Francisco and finish in Santa Rosa, which played host to the official race start last year.

Commenting on the 2013 route, Tejay van Garderen of the BMC Racing Team, who won the best young rider classification at this year’s Tour de France and placed fourth overall at the 2012 Amgen Tour of California said, “Santa Rosa had big crowds and a huge reception last year for the start, so it will be exciting to go back to the hometown of the BMC Racing Team. I also spent a little time last winter in Santa Barbara, so that should be a fun town to finish in as well. As an American cyclist, the Amgen Tour of California is always a priority for me and our team, and I am looking forward to racing in California again in 2013.”

“Each of the Host City partners announced today is unique in its own way and brings character to our race,” continued to Bachochin. “We are looking forward to another exciting year and another intense competition.” 

Amgen returns as the race title sponsor for the eighth consecutive year, continuing to leverage the event to raise awareness of the important resources available to people affected by cancer through its Breakaway from Cancer® initiative. (For more information,

“The Amgen Tour of California has provided a platform for us to extend the reach of Breakaway from Cancer, a collaboration between Amgen and four nonprofit organizations dedicated to empowering patients through education, resources, and hope,” said Bob Azelby, vice president and general manager, Amgen Oncology. “Given Amgen’s mission to serve patients, we look forward to honoring cancer survivors and their loved ones in the host communities as the race travels throughout California.”

Carrying an elite distinction, the Amgen Tour of California is listed on the international professional cycling calendar (2. HC, meaning “beyond category”), awarding important, world-ranking points to the top finishers.

The Amgen Tour of California continues to draw global attention as one of the most anticipated cycling events of the year – one that attracts Olympic medalists, World Champions and the top Tour de France competitors.

“As an American pro cyclist and recent California transplant, I am extremely excited to see where the 2013 Amgen Tour of California route will run,” said Peter Stetina of Team Garmin-Sharp-Barracuda. “Being on an American team, Garmin-Sharp-Barracuda, with American sponsors, The Amgen Tour of California is one of the most important races of the year for us.”


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

In celebration of the Host Cities announcement, the newly designed 2013 race Leader Jersey, produced by the new, official Amgen Tour of California jersey supplier Champion System, is now available for purchase online at Also on sale is a special, Limited Edition Jersey, perfect for the cycling fan on your holiday gift list. More details on the Champion System partnership will be released next month. For further information on the 2013 Amgen Tour of California, and to view the 2013 Amgen Tour of California map, visit


About the Amgen Tour of California

The largest cycling event in America, the 2013 Amgen Tour of California is a Tour de France-style cycling road race, created and presented by AEG, that challenges the world’s top professional cycling teams to compete along a demanding course from May 12-19, 2013.


About Amgen

Amgen discovers, develops, manufactures, and delivers innovative human therapeutics. A biotechnology pioneer since 1980, Amgen was one of the first companies to realize the new science’s promise by bringing safe, effective medicines from lab to manufacturing plant to patient. Amgen therapeutics have changed the practice of medicine, helping millions of people around the world in the fight against cancer, kidney disease, rheumatoid arthritis, bone disease and other serious illnesses. With a deep and broad pipeline of potential new medicines, Amgen remains committed to advancing science to dramatically improve people’s lives. To learn more about our pioneering science and vital medicines, visit Follow us on

About AEG

AEG is one of the leading sports and entertainment presenters in the world. AEG, a wholly owned subsidiary of The Anschutz Company, owns or controls a collection of companies including facilities such as STAPLES Center, The Home Depot Center, Sprint Center, The O2, Nokia Theatre L.A. LIVE and Best Buy Theater Times Square; sports franchises including the Los Angeles Kings (NHL), two Major League Soccer franchises, two hockey franchises operated in Europe, management of privately held shares of the Los Angeles Lakers, the ING Bay to Breakers foot race, and the Amgen Tour of California cycling road race; AEG Live, the organization’s live-entertainment division, is a collection of companies dedicated to all aspects of live contemporary music performance, touring, and a variety of programming and multi-media production. For more information, visit AEG today at


Big Bike Sale at Watsonville Bike Shack Saturday, Oct. 13

9 Oct

In an effort to reach out to farmworkers, youth, homeless and anyone else who may be in need of a used bicycle, the Watsonville Bike Shack will host a Big Bike Sale on Saturday, October 13,  from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m.  Keep reading for details. — Karen Kefauver

The event will also feature a “Tianguis Graits” (free market) where farmworkers and homeless can take home up to six items of clothing, household items, etc. free of charge. A turquoise Fuji road bike will be raffled off: $5 per ticket. All of the proceeds from this event support the Bike Shack program.

The Watsonville Bike Shack is 100% community driven and sustained.

About the Watsonville Bike Shack

Bike Shack’s normal operating hours are Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m., and Fridays at the Farmers’ Market. We also offer service hours to youth who want to learn more about bike maintenance and repair, and to work in exchange for a bike, or get credit for high school graduation or community hours towards probation. At the Bike Shack, youth learn useful skills, focusing their energy on something creative and productive, and get mentoring from lead mechanics who share similar life stories.

Event Details
Who: The Watsonville Bike Shack

What: Big Bike Sale

When: Saturday, October 13 12- 6 p.m.

Where: at Warehouse located behind the Ramos Furniture Store at 555 Main St.

Contact: Lorenzo Holguin, Phone: 831-206-2955 Email:

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Cyclists for Cultural Exchange Honored by CASA as Organization of the Year

15 Aug


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Cyclists for Cultural Exchange is Honored as
CASA Organization of the Year
Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) annually honors an outstanding organization, educator and individual in Santa Cruz County whose special efforts help support children in the county’s foster care system. Over the past four years, CCE has made grants to CASA that have made it possible to purchase bicycles for 50 foster kids.

The project granting money to CASA was led by CCE board member Patrick Kretsch, pictured below with some of the bikes given to foster kids. Patrick explains his passion for the project in a recent article in the Watsonville Patch (read it here). There’s also more about the CASA project on our website here.

Every year CCE grants funds to projects around the world that support ourmission statement. Grant applications are considered in March and September. For more information visit our grants page.


A Big Thank You to our Sponsors! 

Our generous sponsors helped make Strawberry Fields Forever a huge success in 2012. Please consider repaying their generosity by patronizing these local businesses:

  • Gizdich Ranch
  • Glaum Egg Ranch
  • New Leaf Community Markets
  • Beckmann’s Bakery
  • Lakeside Organic Gardens
  • Calfee Design
  • Gianna’s
  • Aptos Bike Station
  • Driscoll’s
  • California Giant Berry Farms
  • Bicycle Trip
  • Monterey Mushrooms
  • Pacific Coffee Roasting
  • Swanton Berry Farm
  • Big Sur Bar
  • Trader Joe’s
  • Mica Cellars
  • Deluxe Foods of Aptos


New Mountain Bike After School Programs in Santa Cruz

3 Aug

What do your  kids do after school until you get home from work? The owners of Bike Dojo in downtown Santa Cruz have a new option for parents to consider for their kids.

 Bike Dojo now offers mountain biking after school!

“Mountain biking offers a plethora of physical, emotional and social benefits to kids and we are excited to help them have a fun activity to do after school,” said Rob Mylls, owner of the Bike Dojo.

The program is an extension of Bike Dojo’s summer camp program and kids will be biking through the Santa Cruz mountains leaning basic riding skills.

“This summer we found kids where having such a great time and so many parents told us their child got so much out of the camp so we decided we should continue the program after school,” stated Mylls. “Mountain biking is a great way to enjoy an individual sport in a team atmosphere.”

Bike Dojo wanted to make the program easy for parents so they have given parents a simple way to enroll their kids.

“We have a punch card system so parents can pick the days they want their child to ride. You can also buy a day pass and we have included a special price for Wednesday half days,” said Mylls.

For more information call Bike Dojo at 831-713-5475 and visit:

— Karen Kefauver

Trail Work at Wilder Ranch State Park on Saturday, August 4 thru

3 Aug

English: Wilder Ranch State Park Beach/Cliffs

NEW! At Wilder Ranch State Park join a work crew the first Saturday of the month. Here’s Harvey Hartman’s report. Contact him for questions at

Saturday, August 4 at Wilder Ranch State Park:

We’re planning something a little different this month. Instead of trying to dig in the dry, hard dirt or even cutting back brush, we are going to spend the day doing tool tune-ups. We’ve been using mostly the same tools for over ten years now, and they have never received any attention beyond field dressing the cutting edges and sometimes a water rinse after a particularly muddy project. So we will be doing some cleaning and sharpening.

If you’d like to participate in this special project, please sign up online, and join us in the main parking lot at 9:45AM. Let the person at the entry kiosk know that you’re a volunteer for the trail crew, and you can park for free.

We will be handling the sharp, steel business ends of trail tools that have been used to cut poison oak. For this reason, it will be especially important to wear gloves.

Be sure to bring your own food and water. You can reply to this message with any questions that you may have.

Clips of Faith Beer and Film Festival features Handmade Films and Handmade Beers tonight in Santa Cruz

20 Jul

Clips of Faith film festival is THE place to be tonight, July 20th, 2012, for cyclists in Santa Cruz!
Doors open at 7:30

Films begin at dark
FREE Admission
Free bike valet
100% of proceeds goes towards opening a brand new
Bike Tech classroom at Santa Cruz High School!

Fore more info on the event, go to

~We’ll be setting up a giant outdoor movie theater for your fun and enjoyment.
~Bring a blanket or camp chairs to make yourselves comfortable.
~Bring a picnic basket, if you like, with some snacks for the fam.
~All ages welcome.
~No outside alcohol, please – leave the alcohol to the experts…New Belgium Brewing, that is.
~New Belgium Brewing will have beers on tap from their hard to find Lips of Faith series.
~100% of beer and raffle sales will be donated to Project Bike Trip’s Bike Tech Program!

DATE: Friday, July 20th, 2012

TIME: Doors open at 7:30 – Films begin at dark

PLACE: Wrigley Building parking lot (MAP) (Corner of Western & Mission)

THE FILMS: The selected films include comedic shorts, adventure documentaries, and music animation.


COST: Admission is FREE! Food and beer available by cash or check only.

GETTING THERE: High fives to those who ride! Valet bike parking provided by People Power and Green Ways to School.

Trail Work – Volunteers Needed to Help Build Pogonip Bike Trail

26 Jun

Here’s an update from the Pogonip trail building coordinator, Drew Perkins. Photos by trail builder Tim Park.

On Sun, Jun 24, 2012 at 10:09 PM, Drew Perkins wrote:

Thanks to the 23 volunteers we had out there today, [Sunday, June 24. We dialed in the redwood grove switchback (thanks Sebastian for the panorama) and finished up over 500 feet of trail.

Thanks to Matt Lezin for providing pizza and ABS, Spokesman, Bicycle Trip, Sprockets, Epicenter, Caletti Cycles, and Santa Cruz Mountains clothing for providing raffle prizes for volunteers.

The trail is shaping up nicely, but there is still much more work to do.

Weekday evening work continues on Wednesdays and Thursdays, meet at 5:30 pm at the bottom of U-Con.

Next weekend workday is Sunday July 8th.

If you are available during the day on weekdays we will be running the trail machine most days this week and could use help. – Drew Perkins

Email Drew Perkins for more info:

All donations made through this site will be dedicated to the Pogonip trail

Trail volunteer schedules and further information can be found at

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