May 12-18, 2019
In the annual cycling event which takes place on 750 miles of California roads makes use of 4,000 volunteers along the route, passing through 12 host cities. Amgen Tour of California presented by AEG is a Tour de France-style cycling road race. The teams chosen to participate have included Olympic medalists, Tour de France contenders and World Champions. The peloton (main group of riders in the race) is tested with more than 40,000 feet of climbs, including a categorized climb on every road stage.
In a road bicycle race, the peloton is the main group of riders who may save energy by riding close (drafting or slipstreaming) near and mostly behind other riders. The reduction in drag is dramatic; in the middle of a well-developed group drag can be reduced to as little as 5%-10%. Exploitation of this potential energy saving leads to very complex cooperative and competitive interactions between riders and teams in race tactics.
Host Cities for Amgen Tour of California include:
The 2019 Amgen Tour of California covers a variety of terrain showcasing many of California's most well-known and iconic settings and landmarks allowing different types of specialists in the peloton to shine throughout the week. With several fast and flat sections on tap in Sacramento, Morgan Hill and Pasadena catering to sprinters (not to mention a start overlooking the famous WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca motor speedway), climbers will face challenges in South Lake Tahoe, the Diablo Mountain Range outside Stockton where they will reach an elevation of 4,625 feet, and on multiple climbs between Pismo Beach and Ventura.
Men's and women's Queen Stages from Ontario to Mt. Baldy, feature a 26-mile fan-favorite climb to the summit finish, a day that typically shakes up the leader board. The Amgen Tour of California Women's Race runs concurrently May 16-18, 2019, covering upwards of 180 miles over three stages. Owned and presented by AEG, both races conclude with same-day finishes in Pasadena
Amgen Tour of California has been in existence since 2006.
Events are not guaranteed. It is your responsibility to confirm before going.