SACRAMENTO, Calif. — The Amgen Tour of California, presented by AEG, announced it will return to Sacramento to kick off the 10th anniversary of America’s largest cycling race. The eight-day stage race will start in California’s capital city and travel North to South, spanning nearly 700 miles. The Tour of California also announced a three-day professional women’s race May 8-10, as well as an invitational time trial on May 15.
Throughout its first nine years, 52 California cities have hosted the race. For the 10th anniversary, 12 cities — in addition to Sacramento — will host the eight-day event, including Nevada City, Lodi (first-time host city), San Jose (10-time host city), Pismo Beach, Avila Beach, Santa Barbara, Santa Clarita, Big Bear Lake, Ontario, Mt. Baldy, L.A. LIVE (Downtown Los Angeles), and Pasadena.
“Since we launched the Amgen Tour of California nine years ago, we have strived to host the world’s top cyclists in a race that will not only challenge them as professionals, but will also provide a stunning backdrop,” said Kristin Bachochin, executive director of the Tour of California and senior vice president of AEG Sports. “As we look ahead to our 10th edition of the race, we’re certain the worldwide audience will be on the edge of their seats watching as the sport’s best men and women cyclists compete against each other in what is likely to be our most challenging and picturesque course ever.”
Stage 1 of the race commences on May 10, 2015 in Sacramento, which marks the seventh time the city has hosted the race and the third time as the overall start. After eight days of racing, cyclists will conclude the race in the city referred to as the “City of Roses,” Pasadena.
Stage 2 will take the peloton through Nevada City to first-time host city Lodi, known as the “Zinfandel Capital of the World.” The peloton will then start and finish in San Jose on stage 3.
As the peloton continues its journey south, Stage 4 will take the race from one oceanside community to another, from from Pismo Beach to Avila Beach. This year marks the second time each city has served as a host city.
Stage 5 will commence in Santa Barbara and finish in Santa Clarita, with both cities sharing the distinction of serving as host cities six times since the race began.
Third-time host city Big Bear Lake will be the site of this year’s individual time trial (Stage 6). Ontario, will host a start for the second time as stage 7 takes the peloton to the mountaintop finish at Mt. Baldy, a third-time host city.
The race will conclude with a stage from L.A. LIVE in the heart of downtown Los Angeles to the Rose Bowl in Pasadena. This marks the third time Los Angeles has served as a host city after hosting the overall finish of the race in 2012, also at L.A. LIVE. Pasadena has hosted the race four times, including the overall finish in 2008.
For 10 consecutive years, biotechnology company Amgen has served as the title sponsor of the race and will continue to promote its Breakaway from Cancer® campaign. Founded in 2005 by Amgen, Breakaway from Cancer aims to increase awareness of important resources available to people affected by cancer, from prevention to survivorship.
2015 Amgen Tour of California to host four days of professional women’s cycling
The 2015 Amgen Tour of California will continue to expand its support of women’s cycling and host a three-day women’s stage race. The race will travel through South Lake Tahoe on May 8-9, 2015 and conclude in Sacramento on May 10, 2015, the same day of the overall start of the men’s race.
As with previous years, the world’s top-ranked time trialists will be invited to race against the clock in a time trial preceding the men’s individual time trial at stage 6 in Big Bear Lake. The women’s stage race is sponsored by SRAM, one of the founding sponsors of the Amgen Tour of California women’s time trial.
“We are beyond thrilled to see the Amgen Tour of California continue to expand its entire women’s racing platform. This will continue to expose the world to the passion and force women have on the bike,” said, SRAM president Stan Day.
“AEG has always been proud to support women’s cycling and is pleased to once again expand its women’s competition to four days,” said Bachochin. “Hosting four days of women’s cycling, fans will have the opportunity to watch the immense talents and achievements of the best women cyclists from around the world.”
Host city partners for the 2015 Amgen Tour of California include:
Stage 1: Friday, May 8 – South Lake Tahoe
Stage 2: Saturday, May 9 – South Lake Tahoe
Stage 3: Sunday, May 10 – Sacramento
Invitational Time Trial: Friday, May 15 – Big Bear Lake
Stage 1: Sunday, May 10 – Sacramento
Stage 2: Monday, May 11 – Nevada City to Lodi
Stage 3: Tuesday, May 12 – San Jose
Stage 4: Wednesday, May 13 – Pismo Beach to Avila Beach
Stage 5: Thursday, May 14 – Santa Barbara to Santa Clarita
Stage 6: Friday, May 15 – Big Bear Lake (Individual Time Trial)
Stage 7: Saturday, May 16 – Ontario to Mt. Baldy
Stage 8: Sunday, May 17 – L.A. LIVE (downtown Los Angeles) to Pasadena