20 October 2014

Route of 2015 Amgen Tour of California announced

North to south route with 8 Stages for 2015

Update 2016 Tour of California route maps and race details: Stage Route and Maps Tour of California 2016

Mens Stage Race dates: May 10-17, 2015
Womens Stage Race and ITT dates: May 8-10, May 15, 2015. Sponsored by SRAM

* IMPORTANT NOTICE - the 2015 Men's and Women's Individual Time Trail has been moved from Big Bear to Santa Clarita (the finish of Thursday's Stage 5). The route maps will be announced on Thursday, May 14th. Official Press Release

Official website: amgentourofcalifornia.com/host-cities

The 2015 Amgen Tour will include both an 8-day men's stage race and a 3-day womens stage race plus invitational ITT. The men's stage race will cover nearly 700 miles of California scenery, beginning again in the State Capital of Sacramento and finishing in Pasadena after a final Stage 8 start in downtown Los Angeles. The women's stage race will visit South Lake Tahoe and Sacramento in northern California before traveling south to Big Bear Lake for the final time trial.

Those who love beauty and beaches in their stage races, will be happy to see Santa Barbara and Avila Beach again listed as host cities. Those who love mountain climbs, will be treated to the Los Angeles/San Bernadino mountains, with finishes in Big Bear (individual time trial at altitude) and the awesomely tough Mt. Baldy. Those who value loyalty will support the stage in San Jose, a city which has hosted the tour every year. This year marks the 10th Tour of California - quite an achievement in American Tour racing.

The Host City partners for the 2015 Amgen Tour of California include:

Men's Race:
  • Stage 1: Sunday, May 10 – Sacramento
  • Stage 2: Monday, May 11 – Nevada City to Lodi
  • Stage 3: Tuesday, May 12 – San Jose
  • Stage 4: Wednesday, May 13 – Pismo Beach to Avila Beach
  • Stage 5: Thursday, May 14 – Santa Barbara to Santa Clarita
  • Stage 6: Friday, May 15 – Big Bear Lake (ITT) Santa Clarita (location change)
  • Stage 7: Saturday, May 16 – Ontario to Mt. Baldy
  • Stage 8: Sunday, May 17 – L.A. LIVE (Downtown Los Angeles) to Pasadena
For stage descriptions, please read: AMGEN TOUR OF CALIFORNIA GUIDE PAGE

Women's Race:
  • Stage 1: Friday, May 8 – South Lake Tahoe
  • Stage 2: Saturday, May 9 – South Lake Tahoe
  • Stage 3: Sunday, May 10 – Sacramento
  • Invitational Time Trial: Friday, May 15 Big Bear Lake (ITT) Santa Clarita (location change)
2015 route map of Amgen Tour of California

The race route host cities will be announced today live in Sacramento, California at 10:30am (PST) amgentourofcalifornia.com/news/press-conference-live

Update 02/19/15: Detailed Route for 2015 to be presented 02/19/15 in California at 11:30a.m. PST: Press Conference Live Link 

Pedal Dancer® 2015 Posts about the race:
Remember who won last year - Bradley Wiggins!

Bradley Wiggins in yellow in California, 2014  Photo by Karen Rakestraw of Pedal Dancer®
You can stand out on the road and see this quality of racing pass by. Photo by Karen Rakestraw of Pedal Dancer®
Wiggins and Cavendish chatting before a stage start.  Photo by Karen Rakestraw of Pedal Dancer®
Say a friendly hello to the top pro cyclists in the world at ATOC 2015. WE won't know which teams or riders will be racing until next April, but it will be worth the wait.  Photo by Karen Rakestraw of Pedal Dancer®

Because of the timing and route quality of this race, the Amgen Tour continues to attract the best racers you will see gathered in competition in the United States. At least until September, when UCI World Championships comes to Richmond, Virginia.