The best cyclists in the world will face off in California May 12–18 for the 14th edition of the Amgen Tour of California, North America’s largest bike race. Each year, the multi-stage race takes riders on some of the Golden State’s most beautiful roads en route to exciting finishes with a festival atmosphere in each host city. The 2019 men’s route will cover more than 750 miles over seven stages, and the women’s race will cover some 180 miles over three stages.
If you’ve never experienced the thrill of a world-class peloton zipping past you in real life, the Amgen Tour of California is your chance to get in on the action. It might even inspire you to bike around California yourself—in which case, start with these 8 tips for cycling in California and then check out the best routes according to pro cyclists.
With more than 68,000 feet of elevation gain and 25 King of the Mountain (KOM) climbs, including a stage finish on fan-favorite Mt. Baldy, this is the most challenging (and longest) course in Amgen Tour of California history. It all starts with a spectator-friendly route in Sacramento and heads south to Pasadena for the fast-and-furious race finish. Read on for the details of each stage.
Stage One – Sunday, May 12
Sacramento, 88.8 miles/143 km
Stage Three – Tuesday, May 14
Stockton to Morgan Hill, 128.6 miles/207 km
Stage Six – Friday, May 17
Ontario to Mt. Baldy, 78.9 miles/127.5 km
Stage One – Thursday, May 16
Ventura, 59.6 miles/96.5 km
Stage Two – Friday, May 17
Ontario to Mt. Baldy, 45.9 miles/74 km