2020 Amgen Tour of California Canceled for Business Reasons

The Amgen Tour of California has passed through Santa Barbara many times since it started 14 years ago.

The 2020 Amgen Tour of California bicycle race that has moved up and down the Central Coast since 2006 has been canceled – perhaps for good – according to a statement by Kristin Klein, president of event organization, released by parent company AEG late Oct. 29. 

The statement said it is hoped the tour is on hiatus and not at a dead end. However, organizer admitted it’s getting harder to finance such a spectacle. 

“This has been a very difficult decision to make, but the business fundamentals of the Amgen Tour of California have changed since we launched the race 14 years ago,” Klein said. 

The Amgen Tour draws some top riders. For example, Colombian Egan Bernal won the Amgen Tour in 2018 and went on to win the Tour de France this year. 

“We are very proud of the work we have done to increase the relevance of professional cycling, particularly in the United States, it has become more challenging each year to mount the race,” Klein said. “We are actively assessing every aspect of our event to determine if there is a business model that will allow us to successfully relaunch the race in 2021.” 

American Cycling Federation President Bob Stapleton said, “We stand ready to help rally additional support and resources in the hopes of resuming this event in 2021.” 

Amgen is a huge pharmaceutical company in based Thousand Oaks. 

The fifth stage of the 2019 Amgen Tour moved through Santa Barbara County in May, using portions of the state highway system during daytime hours. 

On May 16, the cyclists left Pismo Beach, using Highway 1 before riding on portions of State Routes 154 and 192 in Santa Barbara County. The cyclists ended their day in Ventura County.

Posted Oct. 30, 2019.

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