Amgen Tour of California
The Amgen Tour of California will return to the Santa Barbara South Coast, and what a sight to see! For eight days, some of the world’s top professional cycling teams will compete in a challenging course that includes nearly 700 miles of scenic California highways and roadways. The Santa Barbara South Coast is lucky enough to be the official host of the Stage 5 start on Thursday, May 14, 2015.
Uniquely situated between the mountains and ocean, Santa Barbara and the neighboring South Coast communities of Goleta, Montecito and Summerland, offer both cyclists and fans a true taste of California. Our clean air, beautiful beaches, sparkling waterfront and stunning mountainsides, invite visitors to enjoy the area's healthy lifestyle and endless outdoor recreational opportunities.
“Santa Barbara was part of the inaugural Amgen Tour of California 10 years ago and we are honored to be included in the 10th anniversary of this impressive and exciting California event. The race brings national and international awareness to our world-class cycling destination, as well as a boost to local hospitality businesses. We welcome both and look forward to hosting participants and teams.”
-Kathy Janega-Dykes, Visit Santa Barbara President and CEO
"The Amgen Tour of California is highly anticipated by both locals and visitors alike and we’re pleased to welcome back this cornerstone athletic event to our community. Its philanthropic nature and energetic atmosphere make it a fun, exhilarating experience of which we’re happy to be a part. I look forward to personally cheering the riders on as they take off on their Stage 5 start along the Santa Barbara waterfront!”
-Helene Schneider, Santa Barbara Mayor