America’s premier cycling event, the Amgen Tour of California, is a Tour de France-style cycling road race presented by AEG that challenges the world’s top professional cycling teams to compete along a demanding course. Escondido was fortunate to host the finish of the 2009 Tour and it was a highlight in our city’s history. Tens of thousands of people enjoyed watching the race along the route and finish line in our downtown business district, wilding cheering on the cyclists. The enthusiastic reception the cyclists received from the community was extraordinary and created a lot of favorable media commentary and coverage.  So it is with great pleasure that we welcomed the news that Escondido has been selected to serve as the Overall Start of  the eight-day race that will begin on May 12, 2013.

The Amgen Tour of California is a unique opportunity to bring together not only our community, but the entire San Diego County region, for a thrilling day of world-class cycling while showcasing all that Escondido has to offer.  If you would like more information about this event, or how you can be a sponsor or volunteer, please visit  or contact Michelle Geller at 760-839-4587 or