The City of Escondido, host of the overall start of the Amgen Tour of California cycling stage race on May 12, announced the specific route of Stage 1 of the race this morning. Stage 1 of the eight-day professional cycling race should prove to be one of the most challenging starts since the race began in 2006.

The announcement took place at Bike Bling, an independently owned bike shop and local race sponsor, located at 333 E. Grand Avenue in Downtown Escondido. Local officials and race sponsors were in attendance. Route information, including a new video produced by the Tour, is online at . For more information contact Michelle Geller at (760) 839-4587.