Tour of California Route

Posted on 09. Feb, 2010 by in race

The specific route details for the 2010 Amgen Tour of California professional cycling race are being announced this week via videos highlighting each of the race’s eight stages.

Stage 1: Nevada City to Sacramento

Sunday, May 16
Start: Nevada City
Finish: Sacramento
Miles: 104.2
KM: 167.7
Start Time: 11:45 AM
End ETA: 3:31-4:09 PM
Neutral section: 1.6 mile/2.6 km
Finishing laps: 3 x 2 mile/3.3 km
Map (pdf)
Profile (pdf)
Log (pdf)

The 2010 Amgen Tour of California bgins with the first-ever visit to Nevada City, Calif., which also will be celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Nevada City Classic. From there, the riders will head south en route to Sacramento, traveling through Grass Valley and Old Town in Auburn. Heading out of Auburn, the cyclists will cross over the Auburn-Foresthill Bridge – the tallest bridge in California and the third highest in the U.S. A mostly downhill stage, which will certainly favor the sprinters, will be abruptly interrupted by a grueling climb from the American River to the town of Cool. Sacramento streets will once again see the teams finish with three blistering fast circuits around the State’s Capitol building.

Stage 2: Davis to Santa Rosa

Monday, May 17
Start: Davis
Finish: Santa Rosa
Miles: 109.5
KM: 176.2
Start Time: 11:00 AM
End ETA: 3:01-3:41 PM
Neutral section: 3.1 miles/5.0 km
Finishing laps: none
Map (pdf)
Profile (pdf)
Log (pdf)

Beginning in the city of Davis, which recently was named the best cycling town in the United States by Bicycling Magazine, the route includes evenly spaced climbs throughout the stage and spectacular views. After 20 miles of flat roads, the riders will meet their first climb up a short, but steep section leading up to the Monticello Dam. This short climb is followed quickly by the difficult “Cardiac Hill”. Another long, flat section along Lake Berryessa will take the riders to their third climb up Howell Mountain Rd., followed by a fast descent into Napa Valley. The race will pass some of the most well-known vineyards in Napa Valley along the famous Silverado Trail. After one final climb up the Oakville Grade and a steep descent down Trinity Grade, the cyclists will finish the race in the hometown of “Charlie Brown” and the rest of the beloved “Peanuts” characters – Santa Rosa.

Stay tuned for info on next stages
Stage 3: San Francisco to Santa Cruz

Tuesday, May 18
Start: San Francisco
Finish: Santa Cruz
Miles: 113.3
KM: 1152.3
Start Time: 11:15 AM
End ETA: 3:01-3:41 PM
Neutral section: 2.2 mile/3.5 km
Finishing laps: none
Map (pdf)
Profile (pdf)
Log (pdf)

Starting on Ocean Beach, Stage 3 will cover nearly 120 miles from San Francisco to Santa Cruz. The route will take the riders south down the California coastline on Highway 1, flanked by the picturesque backdrops of the Pacific Ocean on one side and Redwood forests on the other. This coastal stage will include three long, but moderate climbs on Tunitas Creek Road, La Honda Road and Bonny Doon Road, which will all be followed by lengthy and fast descents. The sprint to the finish will follow W. Cliff Dr. along Monterey Bay to an exhilarating conclusion to Stage 3 at the world famous Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk.

Stage 4: San Jose to Modesto

Wednesday, May 19
Start: San Jose
Finish: Modesto
Miles: 121.5
KM: 195.5
Start Time: 11:00 AM
End ETA: 3:27-4:11 PM
Neutral section: 3.2 mile/5.1 km
Finishing laps: 2 x 2.8mi/4.6km
Map (pdf)
Profile (pdf)
Log (pdf)

Fans of the Amgen Tour of California may recognize part of Stage 4 from the 2009 race when the cyclists traveled from San Jose to Modesto; however, in 2010, the racers will encounter a longer and more difficult route. Beginning with a climb that is synonymous with cycling and the Amgen Tour of California, the cyclists will head up Sierra Road (1,930 ft.) within the first five miles of the stage. After completing the Sierra Road climb, the riders will face fast and flat roads full of twists and turns (Calaveras Road alone has more than 40 switchbacks) before visiting downtown Livermore for the first time. The race will then turn on to the very difficult Mines Rd., where the riders will face nearly 30 miles of a narrow twisting road with almost constantly climbing before a long descent into Patterson. As with the previous year, the stage will finish with two circuits in downtown Modesto.

Stage 5: Visalia to Bakersfield

Thursday, May 20
Start: Visalia
Finish: Bakersfield
Miles: 121.5
KM: 195.5
Start Time: 10:45 AM
End ETA: :17-4:03 PM
Neutral section: 5.8 mile/9.4 km
Finishing laps: 2 x 3.6mi/5.9km
Map (pdf)
Profile (pdf)
Log (pdf)

The Amgen Tour of California returns to Visalia for the start of Stage 5, a stage that will take the riders through the heart of California’s San Joaquin Valley and into the foothills of the Sierra Nevada Mountains. After departing Visalia, the race will head due south through the towns of Exeter and Lindsay. Just south of Porterville, the route heads further inland and tackles the narrow and twisty Old Stage Rd. into the town of Woody. Continuing on to Bakersfield, the route heads into the Kern River oil field, the fifth largest in the United States, where the riders will encounter several short, steep climbs. From atop the final climb, the cyclists will be able to look down onto the finish at Bakersfield College. The final obstacle is a 10 percent climb up China Grade, and after that the stage will come to an end with two finishing circuits in Bakersfield.

Stage 6: Pasadena to Big Bear Lake

Friday, May 21
Start: Pasadena
Finish: Big Bear Lake
Miles: 132.8
KM: 213.7
Start Time: 9:45 AM
End ETA: 12:00 – 4:30 PM
Neutral section: 2.7 mile/4.3 km
Finishing laps: none
Map (pdf)
Profile (pdf)
Log (pdf)

Pasadena City Hall will serve as the backdrop for the most difficult stage the cyclists have ever seen in the five year history of the Amgen Tour of California. After crossing the Colorado Street Bridge and passing by the Rose Bowl, the route will wind through the City of La Canada Flintridge. From there, the riders are on a 135 mile odyssey with more than 12,000 feet of climbing. The race will climb to a high point of nearly 8,000 feet as it rolls along the Angeles Crest Highway. Then, there is a brief respite as they descend to Wrightwood and then over to Highway 138. The route again goes vertical as it passes through Crestline and Lake Arrowhead, as they enter onto “Rim of the World” highway. Entering the Big Bear area, the riders will take the northern route around Big Bear Lake and then tackle the last ascent to the finish at a more than 7,000 foot elevation at the Snow Summit ski area with a final 10 km flat dash to the line.

Stage 7: Los Angeles

Saturday, May 22
Start: Los Angels
Finish: Los Angeles
Miles: 20.9 (2 loops)
KM: 33.6
Start Time: 1:00 PM,
First 90 riders at 1-minute intervals
Last 30 riders at 2-minute intervals
Last Rider Finish: 4:15 pm
Map (pdf)
Profile (pdf)
Log (pdf)

Stage 8: Thousand Oaks, Westlake Village Agoura Hills Circuit Race

Sunday, May 23
Start: Thousand Oaks
Finish: Thousand Oaks
Miles: 83.5
KM: 134.4
Start Time: 12:30 PM
End ETA: 3:38 – 4:09 PM
Neutral section: 4.8 mile/7.6 km
Circuit of 4 x 20.9 mi/ 33.6 km
Map (pdf)
Profile (pdf)
Log (pdf)

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