Amgen Tour of California Men’s and Women’s Race Return to Lake Tahoe
Amgen Tour of California, presented by AEG, the world’s leading sports and live entertainment company, has announced the 13th edition of America’s premier cycling stage race will return to South Lake Tahoe. Stage 2 of the Amgen Tour of California Women's Race Empowered with SRAM and the Men’s Stage 6 finish from Folsom to South Lake Tahoe will take place at Heavenly Mountain Resort, May 18, 2018. Both competitions will conclude in Sacramento, May 19.
Amgen 2018 Overview for the South Shore of Lake Tahoe
The 13th annual Amgen Tour of California, America’s largest and most prestigious men’s professional road bike race is returning to finish in South Lake Tahoe. The men will ride a new course that is the most challenging of the entire Amgen series. The women’s tour will return for the fourth straight year and ride the same grueling day two route as the 2017 race..
Women’s Stage 2
The race starts and finishes at the Heavenly Mountain Resort California Base Lodge parking area. The 70 mile race will be contested over high-altitude climbs up Luther Pass at 7,740’ and Daggett Pass at 7,400’. The climbs will be among the toughest on the UCI Women’s World Tour. Daggett Pass is particularly challenging as the eight mile climb gains 2700’ in elevation. Fittingly, the woman that wins the stage will be crowned “Queen of the Mountain.”
Men’s Stage 6
The men’s Stage 6 will begin in Folsom and finish at Heavenly Mountain Resort California Base Lodge parking area. The 122 mile course climbs over Emigrant Pass, Carson Pass and Daggett Pass. The 16,000’ of climbing in this stage is the most challenging leg of the series and the man who wins this stage will likely win the overall title.
Base Area Opportunities
The Amgen Tour of California Lifestyle Festival Expo is adjacent to the finish line and provides an opportunity for on-site spectators to engage with 40+ brands. The brand booths feature product demo/sampling/sales and unique promotional offers.
Unlike any other sport, fans of all ages can interact with the athletes before the race kicks off each morning. Cyclists arrive in team buses and begin warming up about two hours before the race, and many are accessible for meet-and-greets and photos. Fans also congregate near the announcer stage for autographs and photos as each rider signs in for the day.
While fans await the cyclists at each day’s finish line, they can partake in the race’s popular daylong Lifestyle Festival. Designed to provide and promote healthy lifestyle and cycling-related experiences, the Lifestyle Festival offers a day of no-cost entertainment and fun for everyone, from families to first-time race visitors to veteran fans.
Located adjacent to the daily finish line, the Lifestyle Festival is an engaging and interactive space with more than 40 exhibitors daily, family activities, food and drink, live race streaming on large video screens, cancer and cardiovascular awareness education and more.
A schedule of events will be posted closer to the race.
We need 300 volunteers on May 18 to support the Amgen event. It’s an opportunity to have a front row seat to watch the world’s best road bike racers flash. Volunteering is executed on online at https://www.amgentourofcalifornia.com/volunteer . The process is very fast and volunteers receive a souvenir t-shirt, cap and other swag. 95% of the positions are course marshals, Marshals assist race staff and local law enforcement authorities along the route monitoring pedestrian traffic, road closures, and updating spectators as the race progresses. No experience is necessary! Registrants must be at least 18 years old.
Where to Watch
Pre-select your viewing sight and arrive early!
- The turnout at the top of Luther pass offers a long view of the procession along Grass Lake and the start of the descent into Hope Valley.
- The turnout at Picketts Junction at Hwy 89 and Hwy 88 offers a long view of the athletes speeding down into the Hope Valley and into Woodfords Canyon.
- In front of Heavenly Village offers long views on Hwy 50 and especially those challenging for the lead.
- The turnout near the top of Daggett Pass (Kingsbury Grade) offers long views of the climb.
- Foothill Road in Carson Valley between Fairview and Kingsbury Grade
- In front of the casino properties on Hwy 50 offers a long view of the athletes, especially those challenging for the lead.
Tips for a Successful Day
A time log of arrival times at key intersections will be published approximately two weeks out from the race to allow optimum planning.
- Expect 20 minute rolling road closures along the course & traffic delays during the race
- Once the time log is published allow 20-30 minutes before and after a given time at an intersection.
- Consider biking or walking
- Consider alternate routes
- Be patient
The world’s best male cyclists will contest 600+ miles of roadways, highways, and coastlines from Long Beach to Sacramento. The 2018 edition will mark the third time in race history that the peloton will travel the Golden State from south to north.
The Amgen Tour of California Women's Race empowered with SRAM, showcasing the top female athletes, will run concurrently May 17-19, covering upward of 150 miles over three stages.
The annual professional cycling events carry the distinction of being the only U.S. races on the UCI WorldTour calendar and attract some of the most renowned cyclists and teams in the world. With seven new courses between them, this is the 11th consecutive year the event has featured an international platform for both men’s and women’s racing.
“These elite athletes serve as an inspiration to our community, young athletes and visitors while generating significant national and international media exposure year after year,” said Carol Chaplin, president, and CEO of the Lake Tahoe Visitors Authority. “Tahoe South and our partners look forward to showcasing our home to cycling competitors and recreational enthusiasts as a ‘must-experience’ destination.”
2018 RACE SCHEDULE
Amgen Tour of California (Men’s Race)
Sunday, May 13 Stage 1 Long Beach
Monday, May 14 Stage 2 Ventura to Santa Barbara County (Gibraltar Road)
Tuesday, May 15 Stage 3 King City to Monterey County
Wednesday, May 16 Stage 4 San Jose (Time Trial)
Thursday, May 17 Stage 5 Stockton to Elk Grove
Friday, May 18 Stage 6 Folsom to South Lake Tahoe
Saturday, May 19 Stage 7 Sacramento
Amgen Breakaway from Heart Disease Women's Race Empowered with SRAM
Thursday, May 17 Stage 1 Elk Grove
Friday, May 18 Stage 2 South Lake Tahoe
Saturday, May 19 Stage 3 Sacramento
Please check back for specific information on routes.
The 2018 Host Cities include the return of fan and race team favorites, long-time veterans like San Jose and Sacramento, and two first-time destinations: Ventura and King City. A favored site for the women’s race, South Lake Tahoe will once again host the men for the Stage 6 finish and welcome back the women for the fourth year in a row. The peloton will revisit Stockton and Long Beach for the first time in 11 years, with the men’s overall start overlooking the beautiful Long Beach Waterfront. Folsom returns as a third-time host for an epic stage through the Sierra Nevada. The overall conclusion of both races on the same day in the State Capitol of Sacramento will provide spectators the opportunity to cheer on favorites across both fields.
“The 2018 Amgen Tour of California will captivate fans everywhere with all-star pelotons and new routes that showcase the incredible beauty of the Golden State,” said Kristin Klein, president of the Amgen Tour of California and executive vice president of AEG Sports. “With a mix of Host Cities that highlight the diversity of California – from urban to remote, ocean to desert, forests to mountains – the race continues its tradition as a dynamic and anticipated event on the international calendar.”
The Amgen Tour of California is designed to cover a variety of terrain, allowing different types of specialists among the field of the world’s greatest cyclists to shine throughout the week. Highlights of the men’s race will include the Queen Stage from Ventura to the summit of Gibraltar Road in Santa Barbara County, a challenging mountain stage with an uphill finish at 6,500 feet elevation on day six, and the highly anticipated sprinter showdowns the race has become known for on many stages. Similar to 2017, the women’s overall will be contested on the high-altitude Queen Stage in South Lake Tahoe which features one of the biggest climbs in the UCI Women’s WorldTour, while the speedy sprinters will find their opportunities on the first and last stages of the race.
Tahoe South has been recognized for scenic splendor and reputation as a leader in outdoor recreation, entertainment and dining by national media outlets including Good Morning America, Travelocity, Orbitz, USA Today, ESPN The Magazine.