Just a few more days until the AMGEN Tour of California, America’s largest and most prestigious professional road cycling stage race, starts in Escondido. On May 12, 2013 16 professional racing teams will face a 107-mile loop for Stage 1, which will start and finish on Grand Avenue in historic Downtown Escondido.

Overview of events:

Friday, May 10: Cruisin’ Grand (Free);Team Presentation Gala ($125); Kick Off After-Party ($20)

Saturday, May 11: L’Etape du California – “Rules of the Road” Ride

Sunday, May 12: Race day events start at 9:30 a.m. You can experience the opening ceremonies and the official start of the race at 11 a.m…. then stay downtown for the day-long events, watch the race on jumbo screens, and be there for the exciting finish (approximately 3:30pm).Here are some of the events: Good Morning Amgen!; Lifestyle Festivals and Kids’ Zone; Food Truck Village, Mother’s Day Home Tours; Music by “Dead Feather Moon” at 11:30 a.m. and “Sue Palmer and Her Motel Swing Orchestra at 1:30 in Grape Day Park; Honor Ride: Ride 2 Recovery; Break Away From Cancer® Mile; and the Amgen Tour of California – Stage 1 Finish!

For a full list of race day events and updates visit http://visitescondido.com/ and www.amgen2013escondido.com