The 2013 Amgen Tour of California, a major cycling race, will stop at the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway, organizers announced today.
The race, which starts in Escondido and ends in Santa Rosa, will enter the Coachella Valley on May 13.
Cyclists will ride from Murrieta up into Idyllwild and down into Palm Desert, Rancho Mirage and Cathedral City, ending at the Palm Springs tram.
Palm Springs is one of 13 host cities and the end point of the race’s second stage, according to organizers.
“The stage will finish spectacularly as riders climb Tramway Road to the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway parking lot. The last 3.8 miles of the race will gain 1,880 feet of elevation — one of the toughest climbs anywhere,” organizers said in a statement.
The eight-stage, 750-mile race is scheduled for May 12-19. Cyclists will ride south to north for the first time in the Amgen Tour’s eight-year history.
The race is considered the largest cycling event in America and draws Olympic medalists, Tour de France competitors and world champions, among other cyclists, according to organizers.
The Amgen Tour is accepting applications for race volunteers.
For information, go to www.amgentourofcalifornia.com.