TOUR OF CALIFORNIA

AMGEN TOUR OF CALIFORNIA GUIDE PAGE

2016

Stage Route and Maps Tour of California 2016

Stage 1 - San Diego, May 15, 2016
Stage 2 - South Pasadena to Santa Clarita, May 16, 2016
Stage 3 - Thousand Oaks to Santa Barbara County, May 17, 2016
Stage 4 - Morro Bay to Monterey County, May 18, 2016
Stage 5 - Lodi to South Lake Tahoe, May 19, 2016
Stage 6 - Folsom Individual Time Trial & Women's Team Time Trial, May 20, 2016
Stage 7 - Santa Rosa, May 21, 2016
Stage 8 - Sacramento, May 22, 2016

Tour of California yellow jersey 2016
Official Tour of California yellow jersey 2016
Big News:
2015 Amgen Tour of California FAQs:
Previous Winners of the Tour of California:

2015 | SAGAN Peter
2014 | WIGGINS Bradley
2013 | VAN GARDEREN Tejay
2012 | GESINK Robert
2011 | HORNER Chris
2010 | ROGERS Michael
2009 | LEIPHEIMER Levi
2008 | LEIPHEIMER Levi
2007 | LEIPHEIMER Levi

Mark Cavendish and Peter Sagan at the 2-15 Tour of California. ©Photo by Karen Rakestraw of Pedal Dancer Photography®

ROUTE MAPS OF 2016 AMGEN TOUR OF CALIFORNIA

The stage date, stage start times, finish times, distances and elevation gained are listed for each stage. 
www.amgentourofcalifornia.com/stages

STAGE ROUTE MAPS - MENS Amgen Tour of California

Stage 1 - San Diego, May 15, 2016 Stage 1's start and finish on the water near Mission Bay and downtown San Diego.

Day: Sunday, May 15, 2016
Overall Stage Start: San Diego at 11:30 AM
Stage Finish: San Diego at 3:40 PM*
Miles: 106 mi
Kilometers: 170.5 km
Elevation Gain: 6,700 ft
Stage 1 Map Link

Stage 2 map of Tour of California 2016
Stage 1 map of Tour of California 2016. Map created by Amgen Tour of California
Stage 2 - South Pasadena to Santa Clarita, May 16, 2016 Stage 2 will begin in first-time Host City South Pasadena, with much of the race contested in the Angeles National Forest.

Day: Monday, May 16, 2016
Stage Start: South Pasadena at 12:05 PM
Stage Finish: Santa Clarita at 3:46 PM*
Miles: 92 mi
Kilometers: 148 km
Elevation Gain: 11,300 ft
Stage 2 Map Link

Stage 2 map of Tour of California 2016
Stage 2 map of Tour of California 2016. Map created by Amgen Tour of California
Stage 3 - Thousand Oaks to Santa Barbara County, May 17, 2016 Thousand Oaks is home to biotechnology company Amgen, the race's title sponsor since its inception. The day will conclude with a thrilling, first-time mountaintop finish at Gibraltar Road.

Day: Tuesday, May 17, 2016
Stage Start: Thousand Oaks at 11:10 AM
Stage Finish: Santa Barbara County (Gibraltar Road) at 3:48 PM*
Miles: 104.1 mi
Kilometers: 167.5 km
Elevation Gain: 8,700 ft
Stage 3 Map Link

Stage 3 map of Tour of California 2016
Stage 3 map of Tour of California 2016. Map created by Amgen Tour of California
Stage 4 - Morro Bay to Monterey County, May 18, 2016 Racing on Highway 1 south to north, the riveting and technical race day conclusion will be at a venue known for speed - the Laguna Seca Recreation Area, host to auto and motorcycle racing.

Day: Wednesday, May 18, 2016
Stage Start: Morro Bay at 10:10 AM
Stage Finish: Monterey County  at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca at 3:43 PM*
Miles: 133.6 mi
Kilometers: 215 km
Elevation Gain: 8,100 ft
Stage 4 Map Link

Stage 4 map of Tour of California 2016
Stage 4 map of Tour of California 2016. Map created by Amgen Tour of California
Stage 5 - Lodi to South Lake Tahoe, May 19, 2016 From here out, the four-day women's race will run in conjunction with the men's, including the same start and finish cities except for this day, when the women begin and end in South Lake Tahoe. Featuring a long day of climbing, the stage will reach the highest elevation ever mounted by the race: 8,600 feet.

Day: Thursday, May 19, 2016
Stage Start: Lodi at 10:00 AM
Stage Finish: South Lake Tahoe at 3:46 PM*
Miles: 132.4 mi
Kilometers: 213 km
Elevation Gain: 13,300 ft
Stage 5 Map Link

Stage 5 map of Tour of California 2016
Stage 5 map of Tour of California 2016. Map created by Amgen Tour of California
Stage 6 - Folsom Individual Time Trial & Women's Team Time Trial, May 20, 2016The men's individual time trial returns to Folsom where Team Sky's Bradley Wiggins dominated en route to his 2014 overall Amgen Tour of California victory. The women will compete in a team time trial on the same course.

Day: Friday, May 20, 2016
Men's Start Time: 1:04 PM
Men's Estimated Finish: 3:45 PM*
Time Trial: Folsom
Miles: 12.6 mi
Kilometers: 20.3 km
Elevation: 800 ft
Stage 6 Map Link

Stage 6 map of Time Trial Tour of California 2016
Stage 6 map of Time Trial Tour of California 2016. Map created by Amgen Tour of California
Stage 7 - Santa Rosa, May 21, 2016 This year's stage will incorporate a portion of the uber popular Levi's GranFondo, with the men and women competing on different courses.

Day: Saturday, May 21, 2016
Stage Start: Santa Rosa at 11:55 AM
Stage Finish: Santa Rosa at 3:45 PM*
Miles: 91.0 mi
Kilometers: 146.5 km
Elevation Gain: 8,600 ft
Stage 7 Map Link

Stage 7 map of Tour of California 2016
Stage 7 map of Tour of California 2016. Map created by Amgen Tour of California
Stage 8 - Sacramento, May 22, 2016
As an 8-time host, Sacramento will host the grand finale of both the men's and women's races for the first time.

Day: Sunday, May 22, 2016
Stage Start: Sacramento at 11:55 AM
Stage Finish: Sacramento at 3:45 PM*
Miles: 84.8 mi
Kilometers: 136.5 km
Elevation Gain: 600 ft
Stage 8 Map Link

Stage 8 map of Tour of California 2016
Stage 8 map of Tour of California 2016. Map created by Amgen Tour of California

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L'Etape California FAQs:
  • Date: Saturday, April 24, 2016
  • L'Etape Stage: Stage 3 (Queen Stage) of the 2016 Amgen Tour of California 
  • Location: Thousand Oaks to Gibralter Rd, return to Santa Barbara beachfront (point to point route)
  • Distance (2 distances): 89 or 105 miles
  • Start: San Dimas/Claremont
  • Start time: 7:30am 
  • Cut-off time at the bottom of Gibralter: 5:00pm 
  • Last Shuttle return to Thousand Oaks: 8:00pm
  • Schedule: time schedule of events for the day
  • Information/Event website: Read more here
  • Amgen Tour of California ambassador: Jens Voigt will be riding the event
  • Biggest Challenge: Gibralter climb 9.8km at 8%
  • Register: Register for L'Etape California
  • Registration Cost: $110-$140, + $35 return Shuttle Ride
Le Etape California registration includes:

- T-shirt!
- Food/Hydration/Mechanical Support every 20 miles (food stops on route)
- Exclusive ride through the Amgen Tour of California Finish (not open to the public)
- Complimentary photography
- Timed Gibralter climb and awards
- Post-ride meal at the beach
- Bag transport to the finish

Le Etape California Jerseys 2016
L'Etape California Jerseys 2016



Peter Sagan rolls down the ramp to begin his race against the clock in 2015.
Tips on viewing a time trial

About the Individual Time Trial
  • 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. The starting order (with racer, team and bib #) will be published the evening before the time trial.
  • Race organizers expect speeds 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 warming up or cooling down. 
  • 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 trial riders 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. 
  • Time Trials are usually not the best day to talk to riders or seek autographs due to the serious preparation before the race and the fast exit after each rider's race. Once a rider races, he is whisked away to begin his recovery process for the next day. 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 time trial race. 
  • The Podium presentations takes place immediately after the finish of the race and only lasts about 20 minutes. If you can, make your way tothe podium to see the celebration. The podium is typically near the finish.
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2015

Pedal Dancer® 2015 Posts about the race:

2015 Photos from the race by Karen Rakestraw of Pedal Dancer Photography:

Mark Cavendish and Peter Sagan 2015. ©Photo by Karen Rakestraw of Pedal Dancer Photography®
©Photo by Karen Rakestraw of Pedal Dancer Photography®
©Photo by Karen Rakestraw of Pedal Dancer Photography®
©Photo by Karen Rakestraw of Pedal Dancer Photography®
©Photo by Karen Rakestraw of Pedal Dancer Photography®
©Photo by Karen Rakestraw of Pedal Dancer Photography®
©Photo by Karen Rakestraw of Pedal Dancer Photography®
©Photo by Karen Rakestraw of Pedal Dancer Photography®
©Photo by Karen Rakestraw of Pedal Dancer Photography®
©Photo by Karen Rakestraw of Pedal Dancer Photography®
©Photo by Karen Rakestraw of Pedal Dancer Photography®
©Photo by Karen Rakestraw of Pedal Dancer Photography®
©Photo by Karen Rakestraw of Pedal Dancer Photography®
©Photo by Karen Rakestraw of Pedal Dancer Photography®
©Photo by Karen Rakestraw of Pedal Dancer Photography®
©Photo by Karen Rakestraw of Pedal Dancer Photography®
©Photo by Karen Rakestraw of Pedal Dancer Photography®
©Photo by Karen Rakestraw of Pedal Dancer Photography®
©Photo by Karen Rakestraw of Pedal Dancer Photography®
©Photo by Karen Rakestraw of Pedal Dancer Photography®
©Photo by Karen Rakestraw of Pedal Dancer Photography®
©Photo by Karen Rakestraw of Pedal Dancer Photography®
©Photo by Karen Rakestraw of Pedal Dancer Photography®
©Photo by Karen Rakestraw of Pedal Dancer Photography
Tour of California Daily Stage Results from 2015

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)
The dry Mediterranean landscape of southern California
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2014

Pedal Dancer® photograph of Tour of California from 2014:

My favorite photo I took from the 2014 Tour of California. Photo by Karen Rakestraw for Pedal Dancer®
The line up of jerseys in 2014. Photo by Willie Riechenstein for Pedal Dancer®
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®

Archived Race Coverage by Pedal Dancer®

REPORTS FROM - 2015 Amgen Tour of California - by PEDAL DANCER
Please see: 2015 Amgen Tour of California Fan Guide
 
REPORTS FROM - 2014 Amgen Tour of California - by PEDAL DANCER
Please see: 2014 Amgen Tour of California Fan Guide

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