Men's race dates: May 10-17, 2015
Women's race dates:  May 8-10, 2015 and May 15th
L'Etape California date: May 16, 2015 

2015 Amgen Tour of California
10th edition
American Tour
8 stages
18 teams men's race
14 teams women's race

2015 Posts by Pedal Dancer®
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 (Individual Time Trial)
  • Stage 7: Saturday, May 16 – Ontario to Mt. Baldy
  • Stage 8: Sunday, May 17 – L.A. LIVE (Downtown Los Angeles) to Pasadena
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
2015 Tour of California route map

2015 Jerseys

Some creatively designed classification jerseys this year made by Champion System custom technical apparel. 

Amgen Race Leader Jersey
Amgen Race Leader Jersey

Amgen Breakaway from Cancer Most Courageous Rider Jersey
Amgen Breakaway from Cancer® Most Courageous Rider Jersey

Lexus King of the Mountain (KOM)/Queen of the Mountain (QOM) Jersey
Lexus King of the Mountain (KOM) Jersey

Visit California Sprint Jersey
Visit California Sprint Jersey

SRAM Best Young Rider Jersey
SRAM Best Young Rider Jersey
Photo by Willie Riechenstein for Pedal Dancer®

Mens - 18 Pro Teams Announced for 2015 Amgen Tour Of California

UCI ProTeams (8):
  • BMC Racing Team, USA
  • Etixx – Quick-Step Pro Cycling Team, Belgium
  • Team Cannondale-Garmin, USA
  • Team Giant-Alpecin, Germany
  • Team LottoNL-Jumbo, Netherlands
  • Team Sky, Great Britain
  • Tinkoff-Saxo, Russia
  • Trek Factory Racing, USA
UCI Professional Continental Teams (4):
  • Drapac Professional Cycling, Australia
  • MTN-Qhubeka p/b Samsung, South Africa
  • Team Novo Nordisk, USA
  • UnitedHealthcare Professional Cycling Team, USA
UCI Continental Teams (6):
  • Axeon Cycling Team, USA
  • Hincapie Racing Team, USA
  • Jelly Belly p/b Maxxis, USA
  • Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies, USA
  • Jamis-Hagens Berman p/b Sutter Home, USA
  • Team SmartStop, USA
Womens - 14 teams announced for 2015 Amgen Tour of California (Racing May 8-10, 2015)

Women's Elite Teams:
  • Alé-Cipollini 
  • BMW p/b Happy Tooth Dental 
  • Canada National Team 
  • Colavita|Bianchi p/b Fine Cooking 
  • Grassi Pro Cycling Team Mexico 
  • Itau Shimano Ladies Power Team 
  • Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies 
  • Pearl Izumi Sports Tours International 
  • Pepper Palace Pro Cycling p/b The Happy Tooth 
  • Team TIBCO-SVB 
  • Twenty16 p/b Sho-Air 
  • UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team 
  • Velocio-SRAM 
  • Xirayas de San Luis
Official Press Release on 01/23/15:

"Without a doubt, the 2015 race stacks up as the most dynamic Amgen Tour of California ever. Eighteen of the world's most decorated and esteemed teams will compete for one of the sport's most coveted titles. When the international field of Pro riders begins its eight-day journey in the state capital of Sacramento, eight top-ranking UCI ProTeams will lead the pack, including Tinkoff-Saxo, whose sprinter Peter Sagan (SVK) will return to California to try to add to his race record of 11 stage wins; Team Giant-Alpecin, who will challenge Sagan's hopes with Marcel Kittel (GER), one of the few cyclists to win sprints in all three Grand Tours; Santa Rosa, Calif.-based BMC Racing Team, an 8-time participant that swept the overall race and team classification in 2013 and is ranked second in the world; and Trek Factory Racing, which fielded a top-5 finish in last year's competition"
2015 ATOC mens team jerseys
2015 ATOC mens team jerseys

Men's Stage Race Details:

Stage 1, Presented by Visit California
Sunday, May 10 – Sacramento
Start/Finish Location: State Capitol Building, L Street & 11th Street
Start Time: 11:00 a.m.
Stage Length: 127 miles
Landmarks: Crossing the Sacramento River over the Tower Bridge Passing through the cities of  Clarksburg, Courtland, Walnut Grove, Davis, Woodland to the State Capital Building for the final sprint finish.

Stage 2, Presented by Breakaway from Cancer®
Monday, May 11 – Nevada City to Lodi
Start Location: Broad Street & Pine Street
Finish Location: Hutchins Street & Walnut Street
Start Time: 11:00 a.m.
Stage Length: 120 miles
Landmarks: across Rattlesnake Road and Dog Bar Road, over the Auburn-Foresthill Bridge, the tallest bridge in California, over the American River, up Highway 49 climb to KOM, past zinfandel vineyards of Lodi, more finishing circuits in downtown Lodi with another sprint finish.

Stage 3
Tuesday, May 12 – San Jose
Start Location: Berryessa Community Center
Finish Location: Motorcycle County Park
Start Time: 11:15 a.m.
Stage Length: 105 miles
Landmarks: visiting San Jose for the 10th time, the race will cross Calaveras Road, through Livermore to the back-side of 4,216-foot Mount Hamilton, descent and up to fifth KOM on Quimby Road, San Felipe Road to reach Metcalf Road (10% grades), to the finish at Motorcycle County Park.

Stage 4
Wednesday, May 13 – Pismo Beach to Avila Beach
Start Location: Pismo Beach Pier
Finish Location: Front Street & San Antonia Street
Start Time: 11:30 a.m.
Stage Length: 107 miles
Landmarks: A long route departing Pismo Beach through Grover Beach, Guadeloupe, Highway 1 to Orcutt, Santa Maria, (my favorite!) Foxen Canyon Road past the vineyards, to Tepusquet and finally the finish in Avila Beach where either the break will stick or a sprinter will again win. 

Stage 5, Presented by Visit California
Thursday, May 14 – Santa Barbara to Santa Clarita
Start Location: Cabrillo Boulevard & Garden Street
Finish Location: Magic Mountain Parkway
Start Time: 11:45 a.m.
Stage Length: 98 miles
Landmarks: Another picturesque start next to the ocean under the palms trees of Santa Barbara. The riders pass through Montecito and Carpinteria with a KOM at Lake Casitas, descending into Ojai. Antoerh KOM at Dennison Grade, into Santa Paula, up the very steep Balcom Canyon (expect fans here!). Descnet down Grimes Canyon to Piru and into Santa Clarita for yet another sprint finish.

Stage 6, Presented by Lexus
Friday, May 15 – Big Bear Lake Individual Time Trial
Start Location: Village Drive & Pine Knot Avenue
Finish Location: Pine Knot Marina
Start Time: 1:00 p.m.
Stage Length: 15 miles
Landmarks: The ITT will begin in Big Bear Village, along the shores and the Stanfield Cutoff across the lake, through Fawnskin and back into Big Bear to finish at the Marina. Very flat and fast course - times will be close.

Stage 7, Presented by Lexus
Saturday, May 16 – Ontario to Mt. Baldy (Queen Stage)
Start/Finish Location: Mt. Baldy Ski Area
Start Time: 11:35 a.m.
Stage Length: 80 miles
Landmarks: The Queen Stage, the climb to Mt Baldy is so hard! the stage begins at Citizens Business Bank Arena in Ontario, north to Rancho Cucamonga and then west to Upland, and then finally up Mt Baldy Village, Glendora Ridge Road, down the backside of Glendora Mountain Road, backside of Glendora Mountain Road, Highway 39 to Azusa and Glendora. Up Glendora Mountain Road (GMR) and back to Baldy Village and then a gain of 1,000 feet in just three miles, up Ice House Canyon, up the switchbacks to the top.

Stage 8, Presented by Amgen
Sunday, May 17 – L.A. LIVE (Los Angeles) to the Rose Bowl Stadium (Pasadena)
Start Location: L.A. LIVE (Chick Hearn Court)
Finish Location: Pasadena Rose Bowl Stadium
Start Time: 9:15 a.m.
Stage Length: 60 miles
Landmarks: Start in downtown Los Angeles at L.A. LIVE with a five-mile circuit passing the Biltmore Hotel, Pershing Square, City Hall, Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels, the Los Angeles Music Center, STAPLES Center, after an hour of circuit racing, the peloton will go north passing Downtown L.A., Chinatown, Lincoln Heights, Cypress Park, Mount Washington, Montecito Heights, Highland Park, Eagle Rock, and Arroyo Seco Park to the city of Pasadena and the Rose Bowl Stadium. the riders will do a 3.1-mile circuit around the Rose Bowl before reaching another circuit course of 7 laps to complete before the finish line on West Drive.

I hope someone will be there to keep track of all these different lap locations for the riders. I can imagine there will be plenty of screaming through the team radios, "This is not the finish - you have seven more laps to go!"

L'Etape California

A challenging fun day for cyclists.

It is a tradition that AEG organizes a timed ride in which amateur riders can ride one complete stage of the Tour of California. Typically they select the hardest stage, and this year that would be the Queen Stage of Stage 7 up to Mt Baldy, an incredibly steep and difficult final climb. Test your metal alongside retired pro Jens Voigt, who is this year's ambassador for L'Etape 2015.

Two courses are offered in 2015: a shorter 40-mile more direct route to Mt Baldy (5,000 feet of elevation gain over a 13-mile climb) and a traditional longer 80-mile loop course climbing to Mt. Baldy Village, along the scenic Glendora Ridge and Glendora Mountain Roads, and then up the final climb to Mt Baldy.

What is special about this year, is that L'Etape is ON THE SAME DAY AS THE PRO RACE, which means once you cross the finish line, you will join other L'Etape participants inside the finish line barriers for special viewing of the final climb where ONLY L'Etape riders will be allowed for the conclusion of the professional race. ONLY L-Etape riders will be allowed to ride their bikes across the finish line barriers; ONLY L'Etape rider will be treated to a BBQ while waiting for the pros to arrive; ONLY L'Etape riders earn the really cool Shut up Baldy tshirt (below).

Enjoy the celebration at the finish line with fellow L'Etape California participants. 

Before departing the start area in the morning, you will be given a specific event bag into which you may load any items you want at the finish area. This bag will be transported to the top for you. A jacket, warmers, replacement drinks, clothes and walking shoes are recommended items to include in your bag. All items must fit into the one event bag (not your own bag). All L'Etape rider services will be within the last 1-mile of the finish. There will also be festival booths at the top of the mountain.

The last time ATOC included a stage finish atop Mt Baldy was in 2012, when the pros were estimated to finish between 3:17-3:56pm (I was there, I rode my bike to the top, but I was in an exhausted excited daze and cannot remember the exact time of arrival).  This year they again expect the pros between 3:00-3:30pm. The podium presentation will take place within 20-30 minutes after the finish (of the first pro riders to arrive).

After the conclusion of the professional race, L'Etape riders will descend Mt. Baldy Road (along with spectators and many of the pros) 20-miles down the mountain back to the ride start. Mt. Baldy Road will reopen to all cyclists at approximately 4:00PM. If you want to descend the mountain before the pros (and the road closes) you must descend before (at least) 2:00pm. It will indeed be a very long exciting day for L'Etape participants (plan on 6:00am - 5:00pm total).

Mt Baldy it the highest peak in the San Gabriel Mountains, in San Bernardino County, Southern California, USA
It hurts. The peloton suffering on Mt Baldy in 2013. Photo by Willie Weichenstein for Pedal Dancer®
Fans watching the race on the last swithback to the top of Mt Baldy in 2012. Photo by Karen Rakestraw of Pedal Dancer®
L'Etape California FAQs:
  • Date: Saturday, May 16, 2015
  • L'Etape Stage: Stage 7 (Queen Stage) of the 2015 Amgen Tour of California
  • Distance (2 distances): 40 and 80 miles
  • Descent Distance: 20 miles
  • Route: L'Etape California 2015 Route Map
  • Start: San Dimas/Claremont
  • Start time: 7:00am 80-milers, 8:00am 40-milers
  • Finish: Mt. Baldy
  • Required finish time: 2:30pm
  • Schedule: time schedule of events for the day
  • Information: Read more here
  • Amgen Tour of California ambassador: Jens Voigt
  • Registration: Register for L'Etape
  • Cost: ,
  • Biggest Challenge: averaging a nearly nine percent gradient for the final 4.3 miles
  • Return to the start: No riders will be allowed to descend between 2:30pm and 4pm as the course will be fully closed.
Registration includes:

- “Shut Up Baldy” Jens Voigt T-shirt
- Food/Hydration/Mechanical Support from SRAM (food stops on route)
- Exclusive ride through the Amgen Tour of California Finish (not open to the public)
- Complimentary photography
- Timed Mt. Baldy climbs
- Post-ride BBQ and viewing area along the final climb
- Bag transport to the finish
- Bike valet (they will safely store your bike at the finish while your watch the pro race!)

L'Etape Rider's Schedule for the day: Saturday, May 16:
  • 5:00 AM Registration Opens (Pickup ride materials)
  • 6:45 AM Registration Closes
  • 6:45 AM Bag drop off for transport to finish line
  • 6:50 AM Athlete Briefing and Opening Remarks
  • 7:00 AM 80-mile ride start
  • 8:00 AM 40-mile ride start
  • 10:30 AM First rider arrives at Mt. Baldy Finish Line 
  • 10:30 AM Post-Ride BBQ Begins (1/2 mile below finish line)
  • 10:30-2:00 PM L'Etape riders may descend to bottom of mountain 
  • 10:30-4:00 PM Bike Valet provided at finish line area (store your bike)
  • 2:30 PM Last rider arrives at Mt. Baldy Finish Line
  • 2:30 PM Road closes to all moving traffic
  • 3:00 – 3:15 PM Professional race finishes
  • 4:00 PM Spectators and participants (cyclists) may descend Mt. Baldy back to the start

Tshirt and Jersey of 2015 L'Etape California
Tshirt and Jersey of 2015 L'Etape California
Route of 2015 L'Etape California
Route of 2015 L'Etape California. Download course map
Profile of L'Etape California 2015
Profile of L'Etape California 2015
Red = steep!
Ride it and you will get special finish line viewing!

Finish barrier for Etape California
Finish barrier for L'Etape California partipants - BBQ, bike valet, exclusive final 1/2 mile viewing!!!

Some Pedal Dancer® photos from 2014

2014 Amgen Tour of California, 9th edition, American Tour. Dates: May 11-18, 2014. 

Bradley Wiggins - Pedal Dancer
Bradley Wiggins won the 2014 Amgen Tour of California. Photo by Willie Richenstein for Pedal Dancer®
Bradley Wiggins - Pedal Dancer
Bradley climbing in Westlake Village/Thousand Oaks.  Photo by Karen Rakestraw for Pedal Dancer®
Bradley Wiggins and Mark Cavendish - Pedal Dancer
Bradley Wiggins and Mark Cavendish at the 2014 Tour of California.  Photo by Karen Rakestraw for Pedal Dancer®
Mark Cavendish - Pedal Dancer
Mark Cavendish exhausted after Stage 6.  Photo by Karen Rakestraw for Pedal Dancer®
Peter Stetina - Pedal Dancer
Peter Stetina being interviewed.  Photo by Karen Rakestraw for Pedal Dancer®
Jens Voigt - Pedal Dancer
Jens Voigt.  Photo by Karen Rakestraw for Pedal Dancer®
Tour of California - Pedal Dancer
Peloton at ATOC 2014.  Photo by Willie Richenstein for Pedal Dancer®
Taylor Phinney - Pedal Dancer
Taylor Phinney
Final Podium - Pedal Dancer
Classification jerseys
Peter Sagan - Pedal Dancer
Peter Sagan
Danny Von Popple - Pedal Dancer
Danny Von Popple
Bradley Wiggins and Mark Cavendish - Pedal Dancer
Bradley Wiggins and Mark Cavendish before the final stage start in Westlake Village
Ben King - Pedal Dancer
Ben King leads the circuit into Pasadena
Thor Hushovd - Pedal Dancer
Thor Hushovd
Mark Cavendish - Pedal Dancer
Bradley Wiggins and Mark Cavendish - Pedal Dancer
Brad and Mark
Mark Cavendish Podium Girls - Pedal Dancer
podium kisses


2014 Route of the Amgen Tour of California
Tour of California 2015 route
Route map of 2014 Amgen Tour of California

2014 Host Cities of Tour of California:

• Stage 1: Sunday, May 11 – Sacramento
• Stage 2: Monday, May 12 – Folsom (Individual Time Trial)
• Stage 3: Tuesday, May 13 – San Jose to Mount Diablo (mountain top finish)
• Stage 4: Wednesday, May 14 – Monterey to Cambria (coastal)
• Stage 5: Thursday, May 15 – Pismo Beach to Santa Barbara (vineyards & San Marcos)
• Stage 6: Friday, May 16 – Santa Clarita to Mountain High (mountain top finish)
• Stage 7: Saturday, May 17 – Santa Clarita to Pasadena
• Stage 8: Sunday, May 18 – Thousand Oaks (circuit climb)
Facebook: @amgentourofcalifornia #ATOC2014
Twitter: @amgentourofcali
Instagram: @amgentourofcali

Posts by Pedal Dancer about the 2014 Tour of California:

Posts by Pedal Dancer about a few riders racing in the 2014 Tour of California:
Laurens Ten Dam is featured in one of my all time favorite video clips on Alpe'd'Huez. Laurens is the Dutch rider who loves California and said he hopes to live in Santa Cruz someday with his family.

The fans want Podium Girls?  - meet Joanna and Allison the 2012, 2013, and 2014 Tour of California Podium Girls.

Posts by Pedal Dancer - Travels in California:

California Here I come - seeing the race and being a tourist in Santa Barbara.

Pedal Dancer at the race in 2014:

May 2014 will be a very special month for me. I am attending the Giro Start in Belfast, Northern Ireland, before returning to California for the Amgen Tour of California. I will be coveraing the last three stages of this year's tour only. I plan to bring you stories from the race and have been approved for Photo Credentials.

I am certainly missing out by not attending the earlier stages. Monterey is a beautiful area. The town of Cambria is one of my favorites places to relax, ride, eat and drink local wine. Santa Barbara is a city I would enjoy visiting any time of year, for any reason, but with this bike race in town - all the better.

The race returns to Santa Clarita this year for two stage starts. Being at the race in Pasadena will be new to me. Thousand Oaks is about 20-minutes from my parents house, so the final stage should be an easy fun-filled day.

The line-up of riders in this year's 2014 ATOC is especially exciting. Californians (and visiting fans) will be treated to watching the very best in the sport of professional cycling.

What is new for 2014

Amgen has resigned as title sponsor; many of the same sponsors have returned for 2014 with some added new sponsors; Ride 2 Recovery will offer four non-competitive cycling events; AEG Global Partnerships continues to organize the American Tour stage race; and the exact dates and host cities for the 2014 race will be announced today.

Mark Cavendish to skip Giro d'Italia to focus on Tour de France (and race in California!)
Hosting race comes at a cost- Thousand Oaks

Teams for the 2014 Tour of California:  see Team jerseys

WorldTour teams:
Garmin Sharp
Trek Factory Racing,
Omega Pharma-QuickStep
Team Sky

Domestic Pro Continental teams:
Team Novo Nordisk
German Team NetApp-Endura 

Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies
Jamis-Hagens Berman p/b Sutter Home
Jelly Belly (team of US Pro champion Fred Rodriguez)
Bissell Development Team

Riders for 2014 Amgen Tour of California

Peter Sagan, Jens Voigt, Bradley Wiggins, Mark Cavendish, Matthew Busche, Laurens Ten Dam, Lawson Craddock, Joe Dombrowski, Peter Stetina, Christian Knees, John Degenkolb, Ted King, Haimar Zubeldia, Taylor Phinney, Jasper Stuyven, Tom Danielson, Rohan Dennis.  Final startlist to be released in May 2014, preliminary startlist by ProCycling Stats

Road Closures & City Guides for the Tour of California

Please refer to the information provided by each city. At the bottom of the Official Amgen Tour of California host city pages you can find links to the cities websites with more information about traffic and road closures if offered. 

Stage 1    5/12    Sacramento
Stage 2    5/13    Folsom
Stage 3    5/14    San Jose to Mount Diablo
Stage 4    5/15    Monterey to Cambria
Stage 5    5/16    Pismo Beach to Santa Barbara
Stage 6    5/17    Santa Clarita to Mountain High
Stage 7    5/18    Santa Clarita to Pasadena
Stage 8    5/19    Thousand Oaks

Which roads will be used for the Tour of California? For an estimation of when the riders will be on which roads, please see the detailed timetable (below) of when and where the race will progress and on which local streets (route map below). More information can be found under the individual city websites.

2014 Amgen Tour of California Route maps, profiles, guides, start time, miles

Stage 1 : Route Map  |  profile - 10:50 AM Start, 120 miles; Neutral Start at 11th and L Street, Sacramento
Stage 2 : Route Map  |  profile - 1:05 pm Start, 12.6 miles; Start on Sutter St. between Wool and Riley, Folsom ITT
Stage 3 : Route Map  |  profile - 10:45 am Start, 108.5 miles; Neutral Start at Raging Waters, San Jose
Stage 4 : Route Map  |  profile - 11:50 am Start, 102.6 miles; Neutral Start on Alvarado St, Monterey
Stage 5 : Route Map  |  profile - 11:45 am Start, 108.1 miles; Neutral Start at Pismo Beach Pier
Stage 6 : Route Map  |  profile - 11:35 am Start, 94.4 miles; Neutral Start on Main at 6th St, Santa Clarita
Stage 7 : Route Map  |  profile - 11:40 am Start, 88.7 miles; Neutral Start on Town Center Dr., Santa Clarita
Stage 8 : Route Map  |  profile - 8:45am! Start, 83.5 miles; On Townsgate Rd at Village Glen Dr., Thousand Oaks

Helpful Information

Download the Official Start list (PDF) 
Download the Amgen Tour of California Rider and Team Twitter Guide (PDF) 
Download the Women's Circuit Race Roster (PDF) 
Full route timetables for each stage

My 2013 guide to Santa Barbara applies for 2014

California Here I come

Three stages that will change the face of this race in 2014

1. Stage 2 - Folsom Time Trial: short traditional individual time trial at 20.1km. The yellow jersey will change from a sprinter's back to be worm by a time trial specialist.
2. Stage 3 -A 174.6km long road stage with Mt Hamilton and then Mt Diablo. With 10,900 feet of climbing, the jerey will change hands again to the climber who breaks away in the last couple kilometers or few meters.
3. Stage 6: Santa Clarita has played host many times in past years, but the final high altitude climb, with a steep last few miles to Mountain High ski resort, will likely announce the winner of this tour.

The stages into Santa Barbara and Pasadena are two Peter Sagan type stages. By now Californians are very familiar with this talented sprinter.

Two Womens Races at the Tour of California in 2014

Sunday, May 11, 2014 - Women's Circuit Race, Sacramento, CA
Monday, May 12, 2014 - Women's Time Trial Presented by SRAM, Folsom, CA

A womens criterium race was featured in conjunction with the Tour in 2008, 2009, 2010. A womens time trial was featured in 2011, 2012, 2013. (Results of those races). This year women will race in both a circuit race and a time trial, but not necessarily the same women. Crits and time trials tend to be specialties with different riders excelling in each sport.

List of womens teams to compete in 2014 at Tour of California.

Q: What is the difference between a circuit race and a criterium? A: distance and time

While both types of races involve going round and round on the same course. A criterium is a shorter course (2km or less), typically around city blocks, with the last lap determined by a preset time period of 40-60mins. A bell is rung to announce the last lap. A circuit race is raced on a longer course with repeated laps typically totaling 40-80 miles. The number of laps are predetermined ahead of time, for example, four laps of 20-miles each.

Tour of Californa race leader jerseys
Read more about the Classification jerseys for ATOC

Amgen Tour of California Gala Tickets

May 9, 2014 in Sacramento, $150.00 each: Buy Tickets
Sacramento Memorial Auditorium
1515 J St, Sacramento CA 95814
Friday, May 9, 2014 from 6:00 PM to 11:00 PM (PDT)

VIP Hospitality Ticket

Hospitality tents at the race, $150-$275 More information and buy tickets
Experiences packages or VIP car rides $1000-$7000: buy Tickets

Citizen's Ride

2014 L'Etape du California - Thousand Oaks, California, By Pedal Dancer
Ride 2 Recovery

Race Coverage

TV Schedule for Tour of California:

Amgen Tour of California Tour Tracker app:

Watch it live Download the official Amgen Tour Tracker app for real race viewing and standings: Daily streaming available - get it on Google play or download from the Apple App Storewith a ticker updates, gps tracking of riders, and fan chat. Free worldwide. The app is slightly delayed! So becareful not to use it for your timing to come out of that shaded cafe where you are enjoying your beer before the race arrives outside - you'll miss it. Also don't read Twitter until you have watched the finish yourself

International race viewing:

For international fans, please visit Steephill.TV and the list of live or recorded links to view the Tour of California in Europe. Last year the Tour of California was shown on Eurosport and on SBS in Australia. (1 mile = 1.60934 km). International links to coverage (bottom of page):

Previous Winners:

2013 | VAN GARDEREN Tejay
2012 | GESINK Robert
2011 | HORNER Chris
2010 | ROGERS Michael
2009 | LEIPHEIMER Levi
2008 | LEIPHEIMER Levi
2007 | LEIPHEIMER Levi


Pedal Dancer posts from the 2013 ATOC - post-race

Photo of the Day: Two well-traveled fans

Pedal Dancer Cruisin' California 2013 - at the race 
Pedal Dancer Cruisin' California fan travel series and daily Results from the 2013 Tour of California. A full week of covering the race is complete for 2013.

Pedal Dancer Stage 1 results: Amgen Tour of California - Stage 1 Results
Pedal Dancer Stage 1 highlights: California Cruisin' - Stage 1, Tour of California
Pedal Dancer Stage 2 results: Amgen Tour of California - Stage 2 Results 
Pedal Dancer Stage 2 highlights: California Cruisin' - Stage 2, Tour of California
Pedal Dancer Stage 3 results: Amgen Tour of California - Stage 3 Results 
Pedal Dancer Stage 3 highlights: California Cruisin' - Stage 3, Tour of California
Pedal Dancer Stage 4 results: Amgen Tour of California - Stage 4 Results
Pedal Dancer Stage 4 highlights: California Cruisin' - Stage 4, Tour of California
Pedal Dancer Stage 5 results: Amgen Tour of California - Stage 5 results
Pedal Dancer Stage 5 highlights: California Cruisin' - Stage 5, Tour of California

Pedal Dancer Stage 6 results: Amgen Tour of California - Stage 6 results
Pedal Dancer Stage 7 results: Amgen Tour of California - Stage 7 Results
Watch the Final Stage of Tour of California Live
Pedal Dancer Stage 8 results: Amgen Tour of California - Stage 8 Results, final

Pedal Dancer posts from 2013 - pre-race

Team Jerseys for the Tour of California
Photo of the Day: Bike Bags (with Trek bikes)  
Riders at the 2013 Tour of California (Photos of riders by Pedal Dancer)
California Here I come (Pedal Dancer Fan Travel Guide to Santa Barbara)
Teams for 2013 Tour of California Announced
2013 Tour of California Route Maps & Stage Info
2013 Tour of California Route Announced
Tour of California vs. USA Pro Challenge

2013 Amgen Tour of California


General Classification (yellow jersey) - Tejay van Garderen (USA), BMC Racing Team
Sprint Classification (green jersey) - Peter Sagan (SVK), Cannondale Pro Cycling
KOM Classification (polka dot jersey) - Carter Jones (USA), BISSELL Pro Cycling - his 6th stage!
Best Young Rider (white jersey) - Lawson Craddock (USA), Bontrager Cycling Team
Amgen Breakaway from Cancer Most Courageous Rider - Jason McCartney (USA), BISSELL Pro Cycling Team
Team Classification - BMC Racing Team - took over the lead in the Team Classification.

Top 10 General Classification Stage 8, final standings:
  1. Tejay van Garderen, BMC, USA,
  2. Michael Rogers, Saxo Bank-Tinkoff, Australia,
  3. Janier Acevedo Calle, Jamis, Columbia,
  4. Mathias Frank, BMC, Switzerland,
  5. Cameron Meyer, Orica-GreenEdge, Australia,
  6. Matthew Busche, RadioShack Leopard Trek, USA,
  7. Francisco Mancebo Perez, 5-Hour Energy, Spain, 
  8. Lawson Craddock, Bontrager, Australia,
  9. Philip Deignan, United Healthcare, Ireland,
  10. Chad Haga, Optum, USA, 

Archived Race Coverage by Pedal Dancer

REPORTS FROM - 2013 Amgen Tour of California - by PEDAL DANCER
Please see: 2013 Amgen Tour of California Fan Guide

REPORTS FROM - 2012 Amgen Tour of California - by PEDAL DANCER
Please see:  2012 Amgen Tour of California - Fan Guide Page

REPORTS FROM - 2011 & 2010 Amgen Tour of California - by PEDAL DANCER
Please see:  2011 and 2010 Amgen Tour of California - Fan Guide Page

Fan Education:

How to read a Stage Log (time table):

The start time is always definite. Every street and turn along the route is listed. Because the organizers of the race are not certain how fast the riders will be racing, they give several approximations of times based on average speed of a rider. The first column lists the slowest possible time at 22 mph for this stage, (speeds will vary based on flat or climbing stages). Column 2, 3, and 4 list other faster times according to increasing speeds. As fans it is best to be there by at least the fastest time listed on the log, but not to expect the riders until the slowest time listed in column 1 of the log. This insures that you will not miss seeing the race. Try to arrive much earlier to enjoy the atmosphere and avoid traffic. Pay attention to road closures.

Fun education about cycling by Pedal Dancer®:

Cycling Terminology for the Amgen Tour of California:
Riders: In professional cycling the racers are generally called riders as opposed to racers or cyclists.
Staff: A cycling team is made up of many parts beyond the riders. The Team Manager handles general operations, commitments, and sponsorship. Directeurs Sportif drive the team cars and plan race strategy. Coaches, Therapists, and Team Doctors work together to train and keep the athletes healthy and riding well. Mechanics maintain all team equipment. Soigneurs are the run around guys/gals handling bags and supplies, food and water, clothing, and set-up while making sure the riders know the way to the sign-in stage, start line, and hotel. They also give bidons and swag to small children. Some soigneurs also give massage after the race to riders, or the team might have a designated Masseuse. Most of the team staff are a friendly bunch, but their priorities are rider safety and support so always stay outside the rope lines and ask first for autographs or swag.
Roster: A list of each rider on each team, their country, and their bib (dossard) number. Bring a roster with you so you may easily identify riders. Both the rider and their bike will be numbered. Some riders have their last name on their jersey of helmet.
Route map (parcours): The course or path the riders will take from start to finish. Some stages will have laps where riders will repeat the same few blocks within the stage. Stage 8 has 5 laps before the finish.
Stage profile: Maps the ascents and descents along a stage. It is often fun for fans to see the riders on a climb where the rider's speed slows slightly (or coming around a corner).
Rolling neutral start: Riders begin at a start line but do not begin racing until a few blocks or miles into the route (the distance varies). A neutral start is used if the start area conditions are narrow, crowded, or unsafe for race conditions. A neutral start is also sometimes used as a show of respect. Stages 1, 2, 3, 4, 6 and 7 all have neutral starts this year.
Rolling Closure: Rolling road closures affect all traffic on the race route - roads are not considered "closed" but instead closed  as the riders proceed along the route, enabling the racers to maintain a race speed. Rolling closures are exactly controlled and orchestrated by police, race marshals, local volunteers, and race officials for the safety of both riders and citizens. Roads are closed to all on-coming and entering traffic 20-30 minutes before the race caravan passes a stretch of road. Once the line of riders and official cars have passed each section safely, the road section will be immediately re-opened by officials or volunteers. Rolling closures are temporary moving closures, expect delays of 30-45 minutes.
Road Closure: Road Closures are completely closed to auto traffic, but often remain open to pedestrian foot traffic and bike traffic up until a set time prior to the race passing through. Road Closure times will be posted by city officials notifying citizens ahead of time, all citizens must obey. Road closures are strictly enforced and necessary for safety, with no exceptions other than official race vehicles allowed passage.
KOM (King of Mountain): First rider to the top of a designated climb on the race route. Riders receive points, the rider with the most points wins the King of the Mountain (KOM) (climber's) jersey. The jersey transfers each day to the rider with the most points overall. There may be more than one KOM point in a stage, Stage 4 has 6 KOMs.
Sprint: First rider to a designated sprint line on the race route. Riders receive points, the rider with the most points wins the sprint (green) jersey. The jersey transfers each day to the rider with the most points overall. There may be more than one KOM point in a stage.
Leader: There will be a current leader out on course while the race is taking place, but the overall Leader (yellow jersey) is the rider with the lowest (fastest) overall time for all stages. The winner of each day's stage is called the Stage Winner, not the Leader.
Feed zone: A designated area on the route where team staff must pass out food bags (musettes) to the riders containing food. Water may be handed to riders through team cars throughout the stage.
Breakaway: 1 to a few riders who are leading the race and ahead of the main peloton.
Peloton: The main pack of riders chasing the lead breakaway.
Podium girls: A tradition in professional cycling to have 2 beautiful women present the awards to the riders at the finish of every stage.
Podium: Each day the top three riders finishing the stage are awarded 1st, 2nd, 3rd prizes on the podium. Then the 6 overall Classification jerseys are awarded.
Classification Jerseys: Awards for best type of rider in a field. This year the Tour of California will feature 6 classifications: Leader (fastest overall time, yellow jersey), Most Courageous (by vote, white jersey), Mountain (climber, red polka dot jersey), Sprint (fastest sprinter, green jersey), Best Young rider (under the age of 23, orange jersey), Most Aggressive (most combative/competitive, black jersey). As the stage race progresses the overall classification winner is presented with his jersey after each stage and will wear the jersey at the start of the next day's stage. View the Official 2012 Jerseys.
Stage Race: a cycling race consisting of more than one day of racing, where points and time is tallied every day to determine an overall winner at the end of the race. The 2012 Amgen Tour of California will have 8 stages.
Bib Number or Dossard: please read an earlier Pedal Dancer post to understand how riders are numbered: Word of the Day: Dossard

*For more terminology read the Amgen Tour of California Bicycle Racing Terminology: A Primer. For a far more advanced international version read The Inner Ring's glossary of cycling terms Lexicon.

Options for viewing the race for Fans:

Choose your experience as a fan: 
  • Start Area: Lots to see as teams and riders prepare for the days race, fun photographs and autographs. Good for families and knowledgeable fans. Fantastic during Individual Time Trials as the riders warm up, weigh & measure bikes and roll down the start ramp.
  • In any town: You can sit and enjoy a meal at a cafe and then go to the side of the road to watch the riders race by. Good for locals or those wanting to avoid the crowds.
  • In the countryside: You may picnic or hike before the riders come through on the road, then watch the flash of color roar by.
  • On a mountain: Cycle out to a mountain pass to watch the riders climb - lots of atmosphere and fun with the fans. Good for cyclists.
  • Finish Area: Enjoy a meal before or after the finish. Visit the Festival of vendors and sponsors. Watch a very fast exciting sprint finish to the line. Limited rider viewing, but fun anticipation and event atmosphere. 
  • Stay over in a host city if possible, sometimes you will see staff walking around the bustling towns, mechanics working on the bikes, or the riders stopping in for an early morning coffee. 
Typical timing of a race day for fans:

  • 8:00-9:00 - arrive, park, have a meal in a restaurant or coffee shop (arrive 2-3 hrs before the start time), or begin your ride out onto the course. 
  • 9:00-12:00 - watching fans, staff, riders at the Start area prepare for the day. Team buses arrive 1.5-2 hours before the start time. 
  • 10:30-12:00 - the race begins from the Start village. The roads in the direction of the race will not be passable while the riders are racing on them. Individual Time Trials start about 1pm.
  • 1:00-3:00 - riders hit the climbs for the day. Use your Apps to track the race.
  • 2:00-4:00 - watching fans and waiting for riders at the Finish area. The Lifestyle Festival is typically large and active at the Finish. 
  • 4:00-5:00 - riders race across the Finish line. 
  • 5-5:30ish - awards ceremony on the podium at the stage near the finish line (within 30 minutes of the finish). Bikes are cleaned and packed up near the team buses. Riders might transfer to nearby team hotels in team cars. If the team travels to another city, they will load in the big team buses. 
  • 5:30-7 - give back to the host city and take in a meal, shop, or hotel it while the traffic settles. 
Cycling Tips for fans:

Don't forget to bring your cowbells!

And wear your tshirts and hats, and bring your flags ... buy official gear here: Shop ATOC
Which hat should I wear? The new one I bought this year for the 2014 Amgen tour of California