Every May, some of the world’s best cyclists descend upon the Golden State for the challenging, multi-day Amgen Tour of California. Riders get a front-row seat to some of California's most beautiful and iconic destinations as they cover more than 600 miles. “California offers some of the best opportunities to train with a mix of mountains with steep climbs, flat terrain, and rolling hills,” professional rider Peter Sagan told us in an exclusive interview earlier this year. “You can start in the Pacific Ocean and within a few hours reach a mountain summit, going through some stunning scenery.”

Amgen Tour of California host cities play a huge part in creating an exciting and celebratory environment during each stage, from the start and finish line festivals to the special events at each location. Race organizers announced the 2019 host cities today, featuring a collection of veteran locations (Pasadena, Sacramento, and Santa Clarita) and new towns—including a first-time start in Rancho Cordova.

“The Amgen Tour of California continues to serve as an international postcard for the state, showcasing the beauty and diversity of California—and the 2019 host cities certainly reflect that,” said Kristin Klein, president of the Amgen Tour of California and executive vice president of AEG Sports, in a press release. “We look forward to hosting another truly dynamic and engaging race, which will feature an all-star peloton, continuing the tradition of delivering one of the most exciting sporting events in the country.”

Here's where the race will take the cyclists in 2019:

Men's Race

Sun., May 12
Stage 1: Sacramento
Mon., May 13
Stage 2: Rancho Cordova to South Lake Tahoe
Tues., May 14
Stage 3: Stockton to Morgan Hill
Wed., May 15
Stage 4: WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca to Morro Bay
Thurs., May 16
Stage 5: Pismo Beach to Ventura
Fri., May 17
Stage 6: Ontario to Mt. Baldy
Sat., May 18
Stage 7: Santa Clarita to Pasadena

Women's race

Thurs., May 16
Stage 1: Ventura
Fri., May 17 
Stage 2: Ontario to Mt. Baldy
Sat., May 18
Stage 3: Santa Clarita to Pasadena

In the past, the men have raced seven stages for a total of around 650 miles, and the women’s field have tackled around 200 miles in three stages. The routes will likely be announced in February 2019.

Check back for continued coverage on the Amgen Tour of California. In the meantime, get inspired by these 8 Tips for Cycling in California, check out the best bike routes according to pro cyclists, or consider joining Peter Sagan for the Sagan Fondo “Truckee Dirt Edition” on May 5.