31 May 2012

2012 Amgen Tour of California - Fan Guide Page

REPORTS FROM - 2012 Amgen Tour of California - by PEDAL DANCER

2012 Results

General Classification after Stage 8 - FINAL
1  Robert Gesink (NED) Jersey yellow.svg Rabobank 30h 42' 32"
2  David Zabriskie (USA) Garmin-Barracuda + 46"
3  Tom Danielson (USA) Garmin-Barracuda + 54"
4  Tejay van Garderen (USA) BMC Racing Team + 1' 17"
5  Fabio Duarte (COL) Colombia-Coldeportes + 1' 36"
6  Levi Leipheimer (USA) Omega Pharma-Quick Step + 2' 13"
7  Wilco Kelderman (NED) Jersey orange.svg Rabobank + 2' 30"
8  Christopher Horner (USA) RadioShack-Nissan + 2' 49"
9  Tiago Machado (POR) RadioShack-Nissan + 2' 54"
10  Pieter Weening (NED) Orica-GreenEDGE + 3' 05"

2012 Pedal Dancer™ stories from the tour
2012 Pedal Dancer™ Amgen Tour of California - Travel Series
2012 posts by Pedal Dancer™ before the Amgen Tour of California


2012 Amgen Tour of California 
Dates: May 13-20, 2012
  • Official Website 
  • Fan Apparel
  • Buy VIP Packages 
  • Volunteer at the Race  
  • Spectator Guides Amgen Tour of California 
  • Watching the Tour of California 
  • Team Rosters and Sponsors 2012 Tour of California
  • 2012 National Champions and their jerseys
  • 2012 ProTour Team Jerseys
  • 2012 ProTeam Bikes - in pictures
2012 Amgen Tour of California - Dates and Host Cities

Map of 2012 Amgen Tour of California stage map

2012 Amgen Tour of California: Dates, Host Cities, Stage Maps, Stage Profiles

Stage 1: Sunday, May 13 – Santa Rosa - Santa Rosa
Stage Map, Stage Profile, Stage Timetable, 
Stage 2: Monday, May 14 – San Francisco - Santa Cruz County
Stage Map, Stage Profile, Stage Timetable,  
Stage 3: Tuesday, May 15 – San Jose - Livermore
Stage Map, Stage Profile, Stage Timetable,  
Stage 4: Wednesday, May 16 – Sonora  - Clovis
Stage Map, Stage Profile, Stage Timetable,  
Stage 5: Thursday, May 17 – Bakersfield (Individual Time Trial)
Stage Map, Stage Profile, Stage Timetable,  
Stage 6: Friday, May 18 – Palmdale - Big Bear Lake
Stage MapStage Profile, Stage Timetable,  
Stage 7: Saturday, May 19 – Ontario - Mt. Baldy
Stage MapStage Profile, Stage Timetable,  
Stage 8: Sunday, May 20 – Los Angeles/L.A. Live
Stage Map, Stage Profile, Stage Timetable,  
Miles and elevation gain for each stage in 2012, +62,909ft total
Pedal Dancer - Spectator Guides for the 2012 Amgen Tour of California 
Teams of the 2012 Amgen Tour of California

UCI ProTeams
  • BMC Racing Team (USA)
  • Rabobank Cycling Team (NED)
  • Garmin- Barracuda (USA)
  • RadioShack-Nissan-Trek (LUX)
  • Liquigas-Cannondale (ITA)
  • Omega Pharma - QuickStep (BEL)
  • AG2R La Mondiale (FRA)
  • GreenEDGE Cycling Team (AUS) Orica-GreenEdge (new team name in May 2012)
UCI Professional Continental Teams
  • Team Spidertech Powered By C10 (CAN)
  • UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team (USA)
  • Project 1t4i (NED) Team Argos-Shimano (new team name April 2012)
  • Colombia-Coldeportes (COL)
UCI Continental Teams
  • Team Optum Presented By Kelly Benefit Strategies (USA)
  • Bissell Pro Cycling (USA)
  • Team Exergy (USA)
  • Bontrager Livestrong Team (USA)

Team Jerseys

See the new Leaders jerseys for the 2012 Tour of California: Jerseys of the 2012 Tour of California. Learn the teams jerseys and more about the teams:
2012 team jerseys
Classification Jerseys

New jersey designs for 2012
The Amgen Tour of California has new jersey designs for 2012 created by Hincapie. A gold Amgen sponsored Leaders jersey, avocado green Visit California sponsored Sprinters jersey, orange Rabobank sponsored Young Riders jersey, and a good-looking Nissan sponsored King of the Mountain (KOM) polka-dot jersey. The jerseys are available for purchase online now at the official Tour of California website: buy ATOC jersey

New 2012 Tour of California jerseys
Leader jersey - 2012 Amgen Tour of California
Sprint jersey - 2012 Amgen Tour of California
KOM jersey - 2012 Amgen Tour of California
Best Young Rider jersey - 2012 Amgen Tour of California
Most Aggressive Rider jersey - 2012 Amgen Tour of California
Breakaway from Cancer Most Courageous Jersey - 2012 Amgen Tour of California
VIP Passes 
VIP Experiences are also for sale now on the Amgen Tour of California website. Prices range from $200 for a standard VIP tent pass to $1800 for a time trial car ride, or up to $40,000 for a 200 person private hospitality suite - who's in? For more information on VIP packages contact Melissa Gruber 213.763.5489 mgruber@aegworldwide.com Jordan Goldberg 213.763.2652 jgoldberg@aegworldwide.com
©Photo by PedalDancer.com
Stages and maps ATOC 2012
A quick summary of stage dates, locations, distances, route maps and stage profiles for the Amgen Tour of California, the 2012 professional cycling race in California in May 2012. I really enjoy seeing the race live in California, the weather is typically good, the stages easy to attend, and the list of riders on each team's roster is top quality. In 2011 Chris Horner (Radioshack) won the overall race, who will be the winner in 2012 - go see for yourself. It is great fun to attend the race, for one day, or for all 8 stages. 


Amgen Tour of California May 13-20, 2012 - Stage maps and profiles 
2012 ATOC:  2012 Overall Map  Official race website (click any image to enlarge)
2012 Amgen Tour of California route map
Sunday, May 13 - Stage 1: Presented by Rabobank,  Distance: 115.9 miles
Stage 1 Route Map |  Stage 1 Profile Map | Stage 1 Log (time table) 
START: Santa Rosa at 10:50am Neutral Race Start at Santa Rosa Ave. and 3rd St.
FINISH: Santa Rosa approx 3:06-4:16pm (depending on speed) at Santa Rosa Ave. and 3rd St.
1 SPRINTS: W 3rd St, Santa Rosa, CA 1, at 12:28pm.
4 KOMs: Cazadero Hwy. at 1:17-1:56pm; Ft. Ross Rd. (1st x) at 1:27-2:09pm; Ft. Ross Rd. (2nd x) at 1:34-2:19pm; and Coleman Valley Road at 2:16-3:12pm.
Festival: 9:30-4:30pm, 610 3RD ST., Santa Rosa
Local Event: Santa Rosa The Life Time Gran Fondo 8:00am, May 12, 2012
Local Race: Team Swift Junior State Criterium Championships 4:00-800pm, May 12, 2012
Local Walk: Breakaway Mile May 13, 2012
Local Events: City of Santa Rosa events planned surrounding the Amgen Tour of California May 10-13th.
Stage 1 Video stage preview
Santa Rosa City Tour of California 2012 official city website
Santa Rosa City Road and Street Closures May 11-13th
Tour of California Stage 1 map
Monday, May 14 - Stage 2: Presented by Visit California,  Distance: 117.1 miles
Stage 2 Route Map | Stage 2 Profile Map | Stage 2 Log (time table) 
START: San Francisco at 11:05am Neutral Race Start at Marina Green
FINISH: Santa Cruz County at (? sometime after 4:26pm, the .pdf file is incomplete)
3 SPRINTS: Pacifica at 11:50-12:00pm; Half Moon Bay at 12:10-12:23pm; Summit Rd. at 3:08-3:53pm.
2 KOMs: Empire Grade at 2:08-2:43pm; and Bear Creek 2:52-3:45pm
Festival: 11:00-4:30pm, 6500 SOQUEL DRIVE, Aptos
Stage 2 video stage preview
Pacifica road closures
Road Closures near Santa Cruz, CA for Amgen Tour of California on May 14th.
ATOC Stage 2 route map
ATOC Stage 2 route profile
Tuesday, May 15 - Stage 3  Distance: 115.3 miles 
Stage 3 Map |  Stage 3 Profile |  Stage 3 Log (time table) 
START: San Jose at 11:15am Neutral Start at Berryessa Community Center
FINISH: Livermore at 3:24-4:32pm Race Finish at M and 1st St.
1 SPRINT: Livermore 12:17-12:35pm on 1st ST in Livermore.
3 KOMs: Calaveras Rd. 11:28-11:32am; Mt. Diablo(!!) 1:13-1:46pm;  Patterson Pass 3:04-4:06pm.
Festival: 11:00-4:30pm, 59 SOUTH L. ST., Livermore
Local Ride: King of the Mountain Charity Cycling Challenge San Jose, Sierra Rd, May 15, 2012.
Local Walk: Breakaway Mile Livermore, May 15, 2012
Stage 3 video stage preview
San Jose road and street closures May 15th
Dowtown Road Closures for Livermore May 15th. Rolling Road Closures near Livermore.
ATOC Stage 3 route map
ATOC Stage 3 route profile
Wednesday, May 16 - Stage 4   Distance: 130.2 miles  
Stage 4 Map |  Stage 4 Profile | Stage 4 Log (time table)
START: Sonora at 10:35am Neutral Start at Yaney and Washington St.
FINISH: Clovis at 3:39-5:10pm Race Finish at Bullard Ave. and Pollasky Ave.
2 SPRINT: CA 49/1401 in Mariposa 12:37-1:14pm;  Crane Valley Rd Oakhurst at 1:39-2:34pm.
6 KOMs: 5 locations along CA49 Mariposa (please see log above); Crane Valley Rd 1:52-5:51pm.
Festival: 11:00-4:30pm, 522 POLLASKY AVE., Clovis
Local Event: Mayor's Reception Sonora, 5:30pm, May 12, 2012
Local Event: Mayor's VIP Brunch Sonora, May 16, 2012
Local Walk: Breakaway Mile Clovis, May 16, 2012
Stage 4 video stage preview
Old Town Clovis race information website and downtown map
City of Clovis street closures on May 16th (.pdf file)
ATOC stage 4 route map
ATOC stage 4 route profile
Thursday, May 17 - Stage 5 Distance: 18.4 miles (Individual Time Trial)
Stage 5 Map |  Stage 5 Profile  | Stage 5 Log (time table)
START: Bakersfield at 1:00pm Race Start at Mt Vernon Ave. onto Alfred Harrell Hwy.
*Tip: Riders begin 1-minute apart until the last 10 riders, who begin 2-minutes apart. The rider in last place will start first, the rider in 1st place (in current overall standings) will start last. Print out the results list from Stage 4 and bring it with you so you will know the order of the riders. Also learn the jerseys so you will recognize the approaching rider as they sometimes change order while racing the course (faster riders overtaking others).
FINISH: Bakersfield at approximately 4:00pm, Race Finish on Panorama Dr. at College
Festival: 10:00-4:30pm, 1801 PANORAMA DR., Bakersfield
Stage 5 video stage preview
Bakersfield road closures near College on May 17th
Amgen Tour of California Women's Time Trial presented by AEG and SRAM, May 17, 2012, Women's start time 11:10am. 10 women to compete in this invitational event with $10,000 prize, 18.4km (on the same course as men's stage which follows at 1:00pm).
ATOC stage 5 route map (ITT)
ATOC stage 5 route profile ITT
Friday, May 18 - Stage 6  Presented by Visit California,  Distance: 115.7 miles
Stage 6 Map |  Stage 6 Profile | Stage 6 Log (time table) 
START: Palmdale at 10:25am Neutral Start at Marie Kerr Park
FINISH: Big Bear Lake at 2:59-4:21pm Race Finish on Summit Blvd. at Switzerland Dr.
2 SPRINTS: Crestline 1:33-2:29pm; Fawnskin 2:44-4:02pm
4 KOMs: Mt. Emma 11:03-11:15am;  Wrightwood 12:11-12:43pm;  CA 138 (near Old Mill Rd) 1:23-2:17pm; CA 18 near Rimforest 1:50-2:51pm.
Festival: 11:00-4:30pm, 880 SUMMIT BLVD, Big Bear Lake
Local Ride: King of the Mountain Experience Bear Lake, May 18, 2012
Local event: School Kid Races, Bear Lake, May 18, 2012
Local events: Schedule of events in Big Bear on race day

Stage 6 video stage preview
Amgen Tour of California Big Bear Race Day Spectator Guide 

Road Closures into Big Bear - Traffic advisory Stage 6: State Routes 2, 138, 18, 38, and roads in Big Bear.  Rolling Closures and some full Road Closures (see definitions below).
ATOC stage 6 route map
ATOC stage 6 route profile
Saturday, May 19 - Stage 7  Distance: 78.3 miles
Stage 7 Map |  Stage 7 Profile | Stage 7 Log (time table) 
START: Ontario at 12:00pm Neutral Start at Convention Center
FINISH: Mt. Baldy at 3:17-3:56pm Finish at Mt. Baldy(!!) Ski Area (Category HC)
1 SPRINT: Glendora 2:09-2:35pm
2 KOMs: Glendora Ridge Rd at Mt Baldy Rd 12:43-12:51pm;  Glendora Mt. Rd., Finish 2:34-3:04pm.
Festival: 11:00-4:30pm, 8401 MT. BALDY ROAD, Mt Baldy
Stage 7 video stage preview
Glendora Mountain Rd blog use as a rough guideline for 2012 - good road description of parking and road closures from race day in 2011.
ATOC stage 7 route map
ATOC stage 7 route profile
Sunday, May 20 - Stage 8 Presented by Amgen, Distance: 44.7 miles
Stage 8 Map |  Stage 8 Profile  | Stage 8 Log (time table)
START: Beverly Hills, Rodeo Dr. at 10:10am FINISH: Los Angeles (L.A. LIVE), 11th and Figueroa at 11:42-11:58am.
1 SPRINT: as they begin lap #1 of 5 laps near the finish at 10:53-11:01am.
Festival: 8:30-1:00pm 1111 SOUTH FIGUEROA ST., Los Angeles
Local Walk: Breakaway Mile Los Angeles, May 20, 2012
Local Ride: Nissan Ride Before the Pros' start at 11th & Figueroa, 8:00-9:30am, route is 1 lap of the last circuit near L.A. LIVE, Free but must register
Stage 8 video stage preview 
Road Closures: The citizen's event ride begins on the circuit loop at 8:00am, this section will likely be completely closed in the morning. Police and crossing guards will allow traffic to cross (but not drive on) the route from Beverly Hills to L.A. LIVE at certain points during early morning hours. The real race begins at 10:10am, the route will be completely closed perhaps 15-30 minutes before the race and remain closed for the duration of the race. During the race, pedestrians on foot will be allowed to cross the course at designated crossing points monitored by police or volunteers, you may have to walk 4-8 blocks between crossings.
ATOC stage 8 route map
ATOC stage 8 route profile

Route of 2012 Nissan Ride Before the Pros and detail of last 5 laps of Stage 8

ATOC 2012 Press: 

2012 l'Etape du California - Ontario to Mt Baldy, Saturday, April 28, 2012 
L'Etape du California will again offer the chance for amateurs to complete a stage of the Tour of California in a closed course race setting. This year riders will tackle Stage 7 from Ontario to the mountain top of Mt Baldy. The citizens race is organized by Pacific Sports and approved by AEG, the organizers of the Amgen Tour of California. 
The details of the exact route will be out next year, but with the race (and yes, it is a timed event) starting in Ontario and finishing on Mt Baldy, should have a guesstimated route just over 100 miles and 10,000ft elevation gain. The city of Ontario is only 14 miles from the summit of Mt Baldy and 10 miles further south from Claremont, so again it is likely that the route will be similar to the 2011 route, winding back and forth along the foothills before the last final steep climb to the summit of Mt Baldy.

This was the L'Etape du California map from 2011, the route might be similar with added distance - (the city of Ontario is south of Claremont the start of last year's Etape). Read more about last year's L'Etape du California 2011
The 2012 Etape may be similar to the 2011 route, Ontario is South of Claremont
This is the map of Ontario, California in relation to Mt Baldy:
Southern California - L'Etape du California 2012, Ontario to Mt Baldy
The 2012 event will again have a cap of 2,500 riders. You may register on the official L'Etape du California website, or read more information on the race's home page. This is the second year for the event, thousands of riders suffered through the steep ascent to Mt Baldy last year (my brother was one of them) 

Read the post I did last year about L'Etape du California 2011 with pictures, maps and more. Or another post about L'Etape race day in 2011 L’Étape du California.
Stage 7 of the Amgen Tour of California will take place on Saturday, May 19. Read about the route of the 2012 Amgen Tour of California, scheduled for May 13-20, 2012, 2012 Tour of California route announced
The tradition of the Etape is based on the long-running event L'Etape du Tour in France every year, allowing citizens to ride a choice of two complete stages of the Tour de France, in which over 10,000 riders from around the world participate. Read 2012 l'Étape du Tour Mondovelo.

Looking back at the race (archived) - 2011 and 2010 Amgen Tour of California - Fan Guide Page

Pedal Dancer Photos from 2012

Recognizing your favorite rider is a big part of the fun of being a fan the races..... learn these faces.  All photos ©By Karen at Pedal Dancer® 

Tejay van Garderen  ©Photo by Karen at Pedal Dancer®
Joanna, Tejay and Allison on the podium in 2012  ©Photo by Karen at Pedal Dancer®
This is one of those pictures when I do a photo search for "tejay" in my photo files and then say ... Did I take that picture of Tejay? ... cool!
Tejay in the white jersey at Tour de France 2012  ©Photo by Karen at Pedal Dancer®
And I'll put my money on Peter Sagan again (easy bet), it is so much fun to watch this kid race a bike.
Peter Sagan in Beverly Hills  ©Photo by Willie Reichenstein for Pedal Dancer®
Peter Sagan at ATOC sign in 2012.   ©Photo by Willie Reichenstein for Pedal Dancer®
Peter Sagan at ATOC ITT 2012.  ©Photo by Karen at Pedal Dancer®
I wish them both well.
Peter Sagan and Tejay van Garderen at ATOC 2012  ©Photo by Karen at Pedal Dancer®
Oh how I wish Tom Boonen was able to come, maybe next year.
It is always a thrill for me to see Tom Boonen rolling under the palm trees of California.
©Photo by Willie Reichenstein for Pedal Dancer®
David Zabriskie
David Zabriskie at 2012 Tour of California  ©By Karen at Pedal Dancer®
Ted King
Ted King at 2012 Tour of California  ©By Karen at Pedal Dancer®
Timmy Duggan
Timmy Duggan at 2012 Tour of California, (who now rides for Saxo Bank-Tinkoff)  ©By Karen at Pedal Dancer®
Brent Bookwalter
Brent Bookwalter at 2012 Tour of California  ©By Karen at Pedal Dancer®
Bert Grabsch
Bert Grabsch at 2012 Tour of California  ©By Karen at Pedal Dancer®
Jens Voigt - a fan favorite!
Jens Voigt at the 2012 Tour of California  ©By Karen at Pedal Dancer®
2012 winner - Robert Gesin
Robert Gesink won the 2012 Tour of California 
©Photo by Karen at Pedal Dancer®
Jersey winners (and podium girls Joanna and Allison) of the 2012 Tour of California 
©Photo by Karen at Pedal Dancer®
Robert Gesink at 2012 Tour of California, with Joanna and Allison, who will be back as Podium Girls for 2013

Looking back at the race (archived) - 2011 and 2010 Amgen Tour of California - Fan Guide Page