During what promises to be one of the most scenic stages on the tour, riders will start in two-time host city Pismo Beach, a funky Central Coast surf town. Heading south and inland on Highway 1, the peloton will pass the beaches and vineyards of Guadalupe and Orcutt before looping back north to Nipomo and San Luis Obispo to make their way to the short, steep final climb up to the seaside Morro Bay. The 119.6-mile route is mostly flat with an uphill finish, so you’ll see the sprinters battling to the end.
Where to watch
“With the start and finish 30 minutes apart you can really go explore the sights of beautiful SLO County,” Klein says. “You’ll then have time to get to Morro Bay, explore the harbor and make it to the finish.”
May 15 at 11 a.m., finish at 3:45 p.m.; 119.6 miles/192.5 kilometers
Where to stop
Start the morning with a drool-worthy donut—Peanut Butter Oreo, anyone?—and a Stumptown coffee at Surfside Donuts, then head down to the Pismo Beach Pier to watch surfers after the cyclists take off to head north. Grab farm-fresh salads and baked goods to go at SLO Provisions in San Luis Obispo, or spend a full day in Morro Bay, where you can rent a kayak to paddle the calm waters near the famous Morro Rock.