The 10th edition of the Amgen Tour of California will bring the world’s top cyclists to Southern California, but with fewer Valley area stops than in years past, according to route details released on Thursday.
The eight-day tour, sponsored by Amgen Inc. of Thousand Oaks, begins in front of the State Capital in Sacramento on May 10. The 724-mile race will spin through locations such as Lodi, Big Bear and Nevada City before wrapping up on May 17 with a trip between L.A. Live in downtown Los Angeles and the Rose Bowl in Pasadena.
The riders will visit the Valley on May 14 with a 98-mile reprise of a 2008 stage, starting in coastal Santa Barbara and ending at the Magic Mountain Parkway in Santa Clarita. Last year, the tour passed through several Valley-area locations, including Santa Clarita, Newhall, Palmdale, Westlake Village, Thousand Oaks and Agoura Hills.
This year, for the first time, the race will feature a concurrent event showcasing fourteen top women’s cycling teams competing in a three-day competition and a time trial on May 8, 9,10 and 15.
“We’re thrilled to provide the women with a bigger platform this year as we continue to expand our commitment to women’s professional cycling,” said Kristin Bachochin Klein, executive director of the Amgen Tour of California and senior vice president of AEG Sports in Los Angeles, owner of the race.
The 158-mile women’s race travels mainly through the Lake Tahoe and Sacramento areas before heading to Big Bear for a time trial event in tandem with the men’s event on May 15.
Spectators can view the race along the course for free, and VIP passes can be acquired for access behind the scenes and at the start and finish line, depending on the leg.