Professional cycling teams at the 12th annual Amgen Tour of California.
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Amgen Tour of California announces 2019 host cities

By Kristin Klein 03/13/2019

California is proud to provide the backdrop for the Golden State’s largest sporting event and America’s premier cycling stage race – the Amgen Tour of California – for the fourteenth consecutive year, May 12-18, 2019. 

The world’s best cyclists will compete along a demanding course that traverses over 750 miles of California's varied terrain, including iconic highways, byways and coastlines – the longest and most challenging in the Tour’s history. The Amgen Women's Race empowered with SRAM will run concurrently for three stages, May 16-18. 

The competition kicks off in the Capital City, marking Sacramento’s tenthtime hosting the race. Over the seven-day, seven-stage race, the peloton will travel through 13 total host communities, including Rancho Cordova, a first-time host; South Lake Tahoe; Stockton; Morgan Hill; Salinas; Morro Bay; Pismo Beach; Ventura, where the women’s race commences; Ontario and Mt. Baldy, culminating with same-day finishes for the men and women on May 18. A traditional stage for the Amgen Tour of California, the final race day for both the men and women is one that highlights the beauty of long-time race partners: Santa Clarita and Pasadena.

This year’s course will highlight the distinct beauty of Northern, Central and Southern California. As the peloton travels down the Golden State, riders and fans alike will take in breathtaking views such as the Sierra Nevada mountains, and iconic landmarks like the State Capitol Building, Highway 1, Morro Rock and the Rose Bowl. The Amgen Tour of California is a virtual post card, inspiring people around the world to visit our beautiful state.

Leading up to the race, Visit California is hosting six North American influencers on staggered trips visiting each of the 13 destinations. This relay-style influencer activation will drive awareness of the Amgen Tour of California and promote cycling in California while highlighting each host destination. Follow along on social from April 1-15 and check back in for updates leading up to and throughout the race. 

View highlights of the upcoming 2019 route, or download a stage map – both presented by Visit California.

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