The multistage Amgen Tour of California is the largest cycling event in North America, and every May the course brings new challenges—gruelling mountain passes, epic coastline views, and dramatic sprint finishes—as well as the opportunity to explore California during the week of the event.
“I encourage everybody to come catch a glimpse of what a professional, world-class bike race looks like,” says Kristin Klein, race president and executive vice president of AEG Sports. “But in addition to that, there’s so much to see and do throughout all the host cities—from enjoying the local flavour within these communities to taking part in the festivities and ancillary events.”
Both professional men and women race all over California to more than a dozen host cities, all of which showcase their locale with a lifestyle festival. Watching the race in person means you’ll get an up-close view of Olympic medallists, World Champions, and Tour de France competitors. The comprehensive Amgen Tour of California website has every resource you need to learn more about the race (such as detailed stage info, live updates, explanation of the coloured jerseys, and daily race results), as well as exclusive opportunities to go behind the scenes with a ride in a peloton car or a front-row VIP spot at the finish line.
The 2018 men’s race starts on Sunday, May 13, with a spectator-friendly circuit in Long Beach and ends in Sacramento on Saturday, May 19. The men race for 645 miles over seven days, making their way north through cities Ventura, Santa Barbara, King City, Monterey, San Jose/Morgan Hill, Stockton, Elk Grove, Folsom, South Lake Tahoe, and Sacramento. The final day will also feature a multi-lap course that rolls by the California State Capitol. The women begin their three-day race in Elk Grove on Thursday, May 17, and continue on to South Lake Tahoe and Sacramento for the remaining stages.