TOUR OF CALIFORNIA

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2015

Tour of California Stage Race Dates:
  • 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






























Tour of California Daily Stage Results

STAGE 1 - Finish in Sacramento Full Results Stage 1


STAGE 1 PODIUM
  1. Mark Cavendish (GBR), Etixx – Quick-Step Pro Cycling Team
  2. Peter Sagan (SVK), Tinkoff-Saxo
  3. Jean-Pierre Drucker (LUX), BMC Racing Team
STAGE 1 JERSEY WINNERS
  • LEADER - Amgen Race Leader Jersey: Mark Cavendish (GBR), Etixx – Quick-Step Pro Cycling Team
  • SPRINT - Visit California Sprint Jersey: Mark Cavendish (GBR), Etixx – Quick-Step Pro Cycling Team
  • COURAGEOUS - Amgen Breakaway from Cancer® Most Courageous Rider Jersey: William Clarke (AUS), Drapac Professional Cycling
  • YOUNG - SRAM Best Young Rider Jersey: Zico Waeytens (BEL), Team Giant-Alpecin
STAGE 2 - Finish in Lodi Full Results Stage 2

STAGE 2 PODIUM
  1. Mark Cavendish (GBR), Etixx – Quick-Step Pro Cycling Team
  2. Peter Sagan (SVK), Tinkoff-Saxo
  3. Wouter Wippert (NED), DRAPAC
STAGE 2 JERSEY WINNERS
  • LEADER - Amgen Race Leader Jersey: Mark Cavendish (GBR), Etixx – Quick-Step Pro Cycling Team
  • SPRINT - Visit California Sprint Jersey: Mark Cavendish (GBR), Etixx – Quick-Step Pro Cycling Team
  • KOM - Lexus King of the Mountain Jersey: Robin Carpenter (USA), Hincapie Racing Team
  • COURAGEOUS - Amgen Breakaway from Cancer® Most Courageous Rider Jersey: Markel Irizar Aranburu (ESP), Trek Factory Racing
  • YOUNG - SRAM Best Young Rider Jersey: Robin Carpenter (USA), Hincapie Racing Team
STAGE 3 - Finish in San Jose Full Results Stage 3

STAGE 3 PODIUM
  1. Toms Skujins (LAT), Hincapie Racing Team
  2. Peter Sagan (SVK), Tinkoff-Saxo (RUS)
  3. Julian Alaphilippe (FRA), Etixx – Quick-Step Pro Cycling Team
STAGE 3 JERSEY WINNERS
  • LEADER - Amgen Leader Jersey – Toms Skujins (LAT), Hincapie Racing Team
  • KOM - Lexus King of the Mountain (KOM) Jersey – Toms Skujins (LAT), Hincapie Racing Team
  • SPRINT - Visit California Sprint Jersey – Mark Cavendish (GBR), Etixx – Quick-Step Pro Cycling Team
  • YOUNG - SRAM Best Young Rider Jersey – Julian Alaphilippe (FRA), Etixx – Quick-Step Pro Cycling Team
  • COURAGEOUS - Breakaway from Cancer® Most Courageous Rider Jersey – Daniel Oss (ITA), BMC Racing Team
STAGE 4 - Finish in Avila Beach Full Results Stage 4

STAGE 4 PODIUM
  1. Peter Sagan (SVK), Tinkoff-Saxo
  2. Wouter Wippert (NED), Drapac Professional Cycling
  3. Mark Cavendish (GBR), Etixx – Quick-Step Pro Cycling Team
STAGE 4 JERSEY WINNERS
  • LEADER - Amgen Leader Jersey – Toms Skujins (LAT), Hincapie Racing Team
  • KOM - Lexus King of the Mountain (KOM) Jersey – Toms Skujins (LAT), Hincapie Racing Team
  • SPRINT - Visit California Sprint Jersey – Mark Cavendish (GBR), Etixx – Quick-Step Pro Cycling Team
  • YOUNG - SRAM Best Young Rider Jersey – Julian Alaphilippe (FRA), Etixx – Quick-Step Pro Cycling Team
  • COURAGEOUC - Breakaway from Cancer®  Most Courageous Rider Jersey – Gregory Daniel (USA), Axeon Cycling Team
STAGE 5 - Finish in Santa Clarita Full Results Stage 5

STAGE 5 PODIUM
  1. Mark Cavendish (GBR), Etixx – Quick-Step Pro Cycling Team
  2. Zico Waeytens (BEL), Team Giant-Alpecin
  3. Peter Sagan (SVK), Tinkoff-Saxo
STAGE 5 JERSEY WINNERS
  • LEADER - Amgen Leader Jersey – Toms Skujins (LAT), Hincapie Racing Team
  • KOM - Lexus King of the Mountain (KOM) Jersey – Toms Skujins (LAT), Hincapie Racing Tea
  • SPRINT - Visit California Sprint Jersey – Mark Cavendish (GBR), Etixx – Quick-Step Pro Cycling Team
  • YOUNG - SRAM Best Young Rider Jersey – Julian Alaphilippe (FRA), Etixx – Quick-Step Pro Cycling Team
  • COURAGEOUS - Breakaway from Cancer®  Most Courageous Rider Jersey – Danilo Wyss (SUI), BMC Racing Team
STAGE 6 - Time Trial will be in Santa Clarita! Full Results Stage 6

STAGE 6 PODIUM
  1. Peter Sagan (SVK), Tinkoff-Saxo
  2. Jos Van Emden (NED), Team JumboNL-Lotto
  3. Julian Alaphilippe (FRA) of Etixx – Quick-Step Pro Cycling Team
STAGE 6 JERSEY WINNERS
  • LEADER - Amgen Race Leader Jersey: Peter Sagan (SVK), Tinkoff-Saxo
  • SPRINT - Visit California Sprint Jersey: Mark Cavendish (GBR), Etixx – Quick-Step Pro Cycling Team
  • KOM - Lexus King of the Mountain Jersey: Toms Skujins (LAT), Hincapie Racing Team
  • COURAGEOUS - Amgen Breakaway from Cancer® Most Courageous Rider Jersey: Danilo Wyss (SUI), BMC Racing Team
  • YOUNG - SRAM Best Young Rider Jersey: Julian Alaphilippe (FRA), Etixx – Quick-Step Pro Cycling Team
STAGE 7 - Mt Baldy - Queen Stage Full Results Stage 7

STAGE 7 PODIUM - MENS
  1. Julian Alaphilippe (FRA), Etixx – Quick-Step Pro Cycling Team (BEL)
  2. Sergio Luis Henao Montoya (COL), Team Sky (GBR)
  3. Ian Boswell (USA), Team Sky (GBR)
STAGE 7 PODIUM - WOMENS
  1. Evelyn Stevens (14:12)
  2. Lauren Stephens (+:4)
  3. Kristin Armstrong (+:7) 
STAGE 7 JERSEY WINNERS
  • LEADER - Amgen Leader Jersey – Julian Alaphilippe (FRA), Etixx – Quick-Step Pro Cycling TeaM
  • KOM - Lexus King of the Mountain (KOM) Jersey – Daniel Oss (ITA), BMC Racing Team
  • SPRINT - Visit California Sprint Jersey – Mark Cavendish (GBR), Etixx – Quick-Step Pro Cycling Tea
  • YOUNG - SRAM Best Young Rider Jersey – Julian Alaphilippe (FRA), Etixx – Quick-Step Pro Cycling Team
  • COURAGEOUS - Breakaway from Cancer®  Most Courageous Rider Jersey – Lachlan David Morton (AUS), Jelly Belly p/b Maxxis 
STAGE 8 - L.A. Live to Pasadena Rose Bowl  Full Results Stage 8

STAGE 8 PODIUM
  1. Mark Cavendish (GBR), Etixx – Quick-Step Pro Cycling Team (BEL)
  2. Wouter Wippert (NED), Drapac Professional Cycling (AUS)
  3. Peter Sagan (SVK), Tinkoff-Saxo (RUS)
STAGE 8 JERSEY WINNERS
  • LEADER - Amgen Leader Jersey – Peter Sagan (SVK), Tinkoff-Saxo (RUS)Lexus King of the
  • KOM - Mountain (KOM) Jersey – Daniel Oss (ITA), BMC Racing Team (USA)
  • SPRINT - Visit California Sprint Jersey – Mark Cavendish (GBR), Etixx – Quick-Step Pro
  • YOUNG - Cycling Team (BEL)SRAM Best Young Rider Jersey – Julian Alaphilippe (FRA), Etixx – Quick-Step Pro Cycling Team (BEL)
  • COURAGEAOUS - Breakaway from Cancer®  Most Courageous Rider Jersey – Oscar Clark (USA); Hincapie Racing Team (USA)
Amgen Tour of California General Classification/Overall Top 3
  • FIRST – Peter Sagan (SVK), Tinkoff-Saxo (RUS)
  • SECOND  – Julian Alaphilippe (FRA), Etixx – Quick-Step Pro Cycling Team (BEL)
  • THIRD – Sergio Luis Henao Montoya (COL), Team Sky (GBR)
  • Team Classification – Team Sky (GBR)



2015 Tour of California route map


Tour of California Daily Stage Maps

Men's Race Route Maps   (more maps and route details below ...)
Pedal Dancer® 2015 Posts about the race:
Related Previous Posts by Pedal Dancer:
2015 Amgen Tour of California FAQs
Rider Start List Rosters
Women's Race   (more maps and route details below ...)

My favorite photo I took from the 2014 Tour of California. Photo by Karen Rakestraw for Pedal Dancer®

2015 ATOC CLASSIFICATION JERSEYS

New for 2015 - 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
  
The line up of jerseys in 2014. Photo by Willie Riechenstein for Pedal Dancer®

MEN'S AND WOMEN'S TEAMS


Mens Teams 2015 : 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 Teams 2015: 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

HOW TO WATCH THE TOUR OF CALIFORNIA ON TV

Tour Tracker - watch it live on your phone or device!

Follow the race while at the race: tourtracker.amgentourofcalifornia.com 


TV Schedule  for 2015 Amgen Tour of California television schedule follows:

Preview Show presented by Visit California:
  • Saturday, May 2 at 9:30-10:30 p.m. PDT on NBCSN
  • Sunday, May 3 at 8:30-9:30 p.m. and 11 p.m.-midnight PDT on NBCSN
Women's Race empowered with SRAM On-Demand:
  • Friday, May 8 at 8 p.m. PDT on the Amgen Tour of California app and website: Stage 1 presented by SRAM - South Lake Tahoe
  • Saturday, May 9 at 8 p.m. PDT on the Amgen Tour of California app and website: Stage 2 presented by Amgen - South Lake Tahoe
  • Sunday, May 10 at 8 p.m. PDT on the Amgen Tour of California app and website: Stage 3 presented by Visit California - Sacramento
Women's Race Highlight Show empowered with SRAM:
  • Thursday, May 14 at 11 p.m.-12 a.m. PDT on NBCSN
Men's Race Live Broadcast:
  • Sunday, May 10 at 2-4 p.m. PDT on NBCSN: Stage 1 presented by Visit California - Sacramento
  • Monday, May 11 at 2-4 p.m. PDT on NBCSN: Stage 2 presented by Breakaway from Cancer(r) - Nevada City to Lodi
  • Tuesday, May 12 at 2-4 p.m. PDT on NBCSN: Stage 3 presented by SRAM - San Jose
  • Wednesday, May 13 at 2-4 p.m. PDT on NBCSN: Stage 4 presented by SRAM - Pismo Beach to Avila Beach
  • Thursday, May 14 at 2-4 p.m. PDT on NBCSN: Stage 5 presented by Visit California - Santa Barbara to Santa Clarita
  • Friday, May 15 at 2-4 p.m. PDT on NBCSN: Stage 6 presented by Lexus - Big Bear Lake Individual Time Trial
  • Saturday, May 16 at 1:30-3:30 p.m. PDT on NBCSN: Stage 7 presented by Lexus - Ontario to Mt. Baldy
  • Sunday, May 17 at 10-Noon PDT on NBC: Stage 8 presented by Amgen - L.A. LIVE (Downtown Los Angeles) to Pasadena / Rose Bowl Stadium

STAGE DETAILS - SPECTATOR GUIDE

MEN's Stage Race Details:

Stage 1: Sacramento, Presented by Visit California
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.

Tour of California Stage 1 Map 2015
Tour of California Stage 1 Map 2015   © AEG Cycling  

Stage 2: Nevada City to Lodi, Presented by Breakaway from Cancer®
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. 

Tour of California Stage 2 Map 2015
Tour of California Stage 2 Map 2015   © AEG Cycling  

Stage 3: San Jose - San Jose
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.

Tour of California Stage 3 Map 2015
Tour of California Stage 3 Map 2015   © AEG Cycling  

Stage 4: Pismo Beach to Avila Beach
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.

Tour of California Stage 4 Map 2015
Tour of California Stage 4 Map 2015   © AEG Cycling  

Stage 5: Santa Barbara to Santa Clarita, Presented by Visit California
GCN stage preview with Dave Zabriski and Daniel Lloyd, video: Amgen Tour Of California 2015 | Stage 5 Preview. "Stage 5 of this year's Tour of California starts by the beach and finishes at a theme park. Nice, eh?"

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.

Tour of California Stage 5 Map 2015
Tour of California Stage 5 Map 2015   © AEG Cycling  

Stage 6: Santa Clarita, Presented by Lexus
  • Friday, May 15 – Santa Clarita Individual Time Trial
  • Start Location: vicinity of Santa Clarita (to be announced May 14th)
  • Finish Location: vicinity of Santa Clarita (to be announced May 14th)
  • WOMEN Start Time: 12:30p.m. 
  • WOMEN Estimated Finish Time: 1:06 p.m.
  • MEN Start Time: 1:00 p.m.
  • MEN Estimated Finish Time: 3:42 p.m.
  • Miles: 306 mi
  • Kilometers: 10.6 km
  • Elevation Gain: minimal
  • Website:  www.amgentourofcalifornia.com
  • Lifestyle Village open: 11:00a.m. - 4:30 p.m. (located near finish line)
Stage 6: Santa Clarita Time Trial Maps and time table
Santa Clarita Time Trial route map 2015 Tour of California
Santa Clarita Time Trial route map 2015 Tour of California
Stage 6 Profile Map
Stage 6 Profile Map


More about the new course

Short, 6.6-mile time trial set for Amgen Tour at Six Flags By Caley Fretz of Velo News


Road Closures near Magic Mountain for Time Trial in Santa Clarita

Road closures will be in effect Friday between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. on:

- Feedmill Road;

- Southbound lanes of The Old Road;

- Turnberry Lane;

- Southbound off-ramp from Interstate 5 to Rye Canyon Road.

For more information, visitSantaClaritaTourofCA.com.

Women's ITT

The women's race is a sanctioned non-world cup UCI 1.1 designated race. The women will race on the same course as the men with equal prize money. The 2014 women's Individual Time Trial in Folsom, California, was won by Alison Powers; Brianna Walle took second and Tayler Wiles earned third. This year only Wiles is back on the roster to compete, but Kristin Armstrong will be racing.

Twenty-three women will compete in the time trial. The women's roster is here: Women's Roster for Tour of California Time Trial

Tips to enjoy the day in Santa Clarita - things to know about Stage 6
  • Most of the riders will begin in 1-minute intervals, with the final riders beginning three minutes apart.
  • The starting order of riders for the men's race will be the reverse of the overall GC standings from the day before results from Stage 5 into Santa Clarita. The starting order (with racer, team and bib #) will be published the evening of May 14th.
  • Race organizers expect the riders to take about ?-minutes to complete the full course. Their speed is estimated to be between 26 and 30 mph for the ITT.
  • The team buses will be located near the start area where you can see the riders warming up on their bike trainers pre race. Lots of fun to cruise the buses to see your favorite riders. 
  • The entire course will be fully closed to traffic. There will be designated pedestrian crossing points manned by volunteers who will open the crossing only when safe.
  • Jumbo-tron screens will also be available in the Village and Lifestyle Expo areas to watch the race.
  • The Expo and Beer Garden will be located in the expo area.
  • Fans will be able to walk back and forth between the start and finish. 
How I like to see a time trial:
  • I print off the start list the night before so I can tell which rider is coming next (It will also be available for view on your phone on Tour Tracker app). 
  • I arrive early.
  • I always park where it will be easiest to exit/leave after the race. Parking should be most convenient for leaving the event, not for arriving at the event. 
  • I like to get their early so I can easily walk around and find all key locations. Where is the start ramp, the team buses, the finish line, the podium, and how can I easily get back and forth between these places. 
  • Next I take the time to grab a local coffee or snack. I people watch and soak in the atmosphere.
  • I look at the course ahead of time to decide which side or corners will afford me good photos.  
  • I like to stop by the team buses to see the mechanics line up the bikes for the riders and check out the equipment each team will be using. 
  • I will watch from the barriers or meander through the Expo for the first group of riders. Chances are, the best time trialists will be in the middle of the start list or the last of the list. By the middle of the pack, I want to be at the team buses to watch these key riders warm up. Then I might be at the start ramp to sense their nervousness and see them take off. By the last 10 riders, I want to be near the finish where I can watch the times; and near the podium.
Stage 6 Magic Mountain Time Trial
One thing is clear about this time trial route - unless you are quite good at swimming across a river, you will not be able to move around easily from one spot to another for viewing.

VIP Tickets and Jens Voigt Meet and Greet
  • If you have VIP tickets, be sure to follow signs to VIP parking. VIP tents are located along the last meters of the finish. VIP tickets may be purchased for $199 each. Buy VIP Tickets to Big Bear Time Trial. VIP tents open at 10:00AM 
  • You can meet Jens Voigt -- maybe. There is a waiting line to meet him. But try your best online, by watching a screen constantly refresh... and then ... I have no idea what will happen but it will take your billing information and let you know if you have a ticket. Buy your ticket to meet Jens.
Wrapping it up

The individual riders will ride in team cars, or ride their bikes, to their hotels or will retreat inside their team buses immediately after their race. Once a rider races, he is whisked away to begin his recovery process for the next day - the tough climb up Mt. Baldy. For the women, this is their final day of racing.

The Podium presentations takes place immediately after the finish of the race and only lasts about 20 minutes. If you can, make your way to the podium to see the celebration. The podium is typically near the finish.

STAGE 6 TIME TRIAL ROUTE MAP ANNOUNCED MAY 14TH

Stage 7: Ontario to Mt Baldy, Presented by Lexus - The Queen Stage
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.

For more information about the timed event ride (race for some) for amateurs taking place on Mt Baldy on May 16th, read: L'Etape California 2015


Tour of California Stage 7 Map 2015
Tour of California Stage 7 Map 2015
Stage 7 Tour of California Mt Baldy climb
Stage 7 Tour of California Mt Baldy climb - Tour Tracker

Stage 8: Los Angeles to Pasadena, Presented by Amgen
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.

Tour of California Stage 8 Map 2015
Tour of California Stage 8 Map 2015

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!"




WOMEN'S STAGE RACE DETAILS



(W) Stage 1: South Lake Tahoe / Heavenly - road race, Empowered by SRAM

Tour of California Stage 1 Women map 2015
Tour of California Stage 1 Women map 2015

(W) Stage 2: South Lake Tahoe / Heavenly - circuit race, Empowered by SRAM
Tour of California Women Stage 2 Map 2015
Tour of California Stage 2 Women map 2015

(W) Stage 3: Sacramento - circuit race, Empowered by SRAM
Tour of California Womens Stage 3 Map 2015
Tour of California Stage 3 Women map 2015

(W) Time Trial: Santa Clarita, Empowered by SRAM
  • Friday, May 15, 2015
  • Start Location: vicinity of Santa Clarita (to be announced May 14th)
  • Finish Location: vicinity of Santa Clarita (to be announced May 14th)
  • Start Time: 12:30 p.m.
  • Est. Finish: 1:06pm
  • Miles: TBD mi 
  • Kilometers: TBD km 
  • Elevation Gain: TBD ft
  • Website: amgentourofcalifornia.com/stages/TT-womens
  • Map: (to be announced May 14th)
  • Profile: (to be announced May 14th)




L'Etape California

A challenging fun day for cyclists.
  • Date: Saturday, May 16, 2015
  • L'Etape Stage: Stage 7 - Queen Stage  (Mt Baldy) of the 2015 Amgen Tour of California
  • Distance (2 distances): 40 and 80 miles
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. Photo by Karen Rakestraw for Pedal Dancer®
Peter Sagan - Pedal Dancer
Peter Sagan. Photo by Karen Rakestraw for Pedal Dancer®
Danny Von Popple - Pedal Dancer
Danny Von Popple. Photo by Karen Rakestraw for Pedal Dancer®
Bradley Wiggins and Mark Cavendish - Pedal Dancer
Bradley Wiggins and Mark Cavendish before the final stage start in Westlake Village. Photo by Karen Rakestraw for Pedal Dancer®
Ben King - Pedal Dancer
Ben King leads the circuit into Pasadena. Photo by Karen Rakestraw for Pedal Dancer®
Thor Hushovd - Pedal Dancer
Thor Hushovd. Photo by Karen Rakestraw for Pedal Dancer®
Mark Cavendish - Pedal Dancer
Mark Cavendish.  Photo by Karen Rakestraw for Pedal Dancer®
Bradley Wiggins and Mark Cavendish - Pedal Dancer
Brad and Mark. Photo by Karen Rakestraw for Pedal Dancer®
Mark Cavendish Podium Girls - Pedal Dancer
Podium kisses for Cav. Photo by Karen Rakestraw for Pedal Dancer®


ABOUT THE RACE

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)

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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.

News:
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:
BMC
Belkin
Cannondale
Giant-Shimano
Garmin Sharp
Trek Factory Racing,
Omega Pharma-QuickStep
Orica-GreenEdge
Team Sky

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

Continental:
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

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 http://www.amgentourofcalifornia.com/watch-live/tourtracker. 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): http://www.steephill.tv/tour-of-california/

Previous Winners:

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




2013

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

2013 Amgen Tour of California

RESULTS 2013

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