California’s largest sporting event will travel from Sacramento to Pasadena, where men’s and women’s champions will be decided in May 2019
Published : Wednesday, December 5, 2018 | 9:27 AM
The Amgen Tour of California organizers on Wednesday announced the finish line for the May 2019 Amgen bicycle tour will lie in Pasadena.
Organizers said that throughout seven stages over seven days, the world’s elite cyclists will compete over more than 750 miles of roadways, highways and coastlines from Sacramento to Pasadena.
“We are thrilled the Amgen Tour of California overall finish will occur in Pasadena,” said Michael Ross, chief executive officer of the Pasadena Center Operating Company, “This signature event attracts top cyclists from around the world and brings international awareness to our historic and world-class city. It is a tremendous privilege that Pasadena will once again get to play a part in such a storied sporting event for the sixth time.”
The Amgen Tour of California Women’s Race empowered with SRAM, showcasing the world’s best women cyclists, will run concurrently May 16-18, covering upwards of 180 miles over three stages. Owned and presented by AEG, both races conclude with same-day finishes in Pasadena, a veteran overall finish city.
The annual Amgen Tour of California carries the distinction of being the only U.S. men’s and women’s races on the UCI WorldTour calendar and have helped launch some of today’s best known and most decorated international cyclists as well as continuing to attract the most talented competitors and teams in the world. With seven new courses between them, the event’s legacy as an international platform for both men’s and women’s racing will hold special significance this year as Olympic hopefuls gear up for Tokyo 2020.
2019 RACE SCHEDULE
Sun., May 12 Stage 1 Sacramento
Mon., May 13 Stage 2 Rancho Cordova to South Lake Tahoe
Tues., May 14 Stage 3 Stockton to Morgan Hill
Wed., May 15 Stage 4 WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca to Morro Bay
Thurs., May 16 Stage 5 Pismo Beach to Ventura
Fri., May 17 Stage 6 Ontario to Mt. Baldy
Sat., May 18 Stage 7 Santa Clarita to Pasadena
Thurs., May 16 Stage 1 Ventura
Fri., May 17 Stage 2 Ontario to Mt. Baldy
Sat., May 18 Stage 3 Santa Clarita to Pasadena
**Courses subject to change
Host City information and a highlight video are available at www.amgentourofcalifornia.com or https://youtu.be/9EumaLheLe8 (downloadable HD press version at www.amgentourofcalifornia.com/media-resources).
This year’s course will highlight the distinct beauty of Northern, Central and Southern California. The 2019 Host Cities include the return of fan and race team favorites, long-time veterans like Sacramento, Santa Clarita and Pasadena, and a first-time start in Rancho Cordova.
The 2019 Amgen Tour of California will cover a variety of terrain, showcasing many of California’s most well-known and iconic settings and landmarks, and allowing different types of specialists in the peloton to shine throughout the week. Several fast and flat sections on tap in Sacramento, Morgan Hill and Pasadena will cater to sprinters (not to mention a start overlooking the famous WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca motor speedway). Climbers will also face challenges in South Lake Tahoe, the Diablo Mountain Range outside Stockton where they will reach an elevation of 4,625 feet, and on multiple climbs between Pismo Beach and Ventura. Fans and teams alike will count down to the men’s and women’s Queen Stages from Ontario to Mt. Baldy, which will feature a grueling 26-mile fan-favorite climb to the summit finish, a day that will shake up the leader board and can make or break the quest for the overall victory.
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. Past overall finishes in Pasadena have consistently been dramatic and exciting, with fans from across Southern California lining up to cheer on the fast-and-furious sprint finishes to determine the ultimate champions.
“The Amgen Tour of California continues to serve as an international postcard for the state, showcasing the beauty and diversity of California – and the 2019 host cities certainly reflect that,” said Kristin Klein, president of the Amgen Tour of California and executive vice president of AEG Sports. “We look forward to hosting another truly dynamic and engaging race, which will feature an all-star peloton, continuing the tradition of delivering one of the most exciting sporting events in the country.”
In addition to lining the race course, fans of all ages will once again have the opportunity to experience the race as a VIP from an all-inclusive hospitality tent or through once-in-a-lifetime opportunities. To learn more visit: https://www.