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Amgen Tour of California Men’s Race Returns to Lake Tahoe

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AMGEN TOUR OF CALIFORNIA RETURNS TO SOUTH LAKE TAHOE FOR MEN’S STAGE 2 FINISH, MONDAY, MAY 13, 2019

The 2019 Amgen Tour of California, America’s premier cycling event, will be the longest and most challenging in its 14-year history, including a Men’s Stage 2 finish from Rancho Cordova to South Lake Tahoe on May 13. The route will start at sea level and gain an elevation of 14,500 feet as the cyclists pass stunning views along U.S. Highway 89 over Carson and Luther Passes. (www.tahoesouth.com)

AEG, owner and presenter of America’s only UCI WorldTour race, announced the route details today for the 14th edition of the competition. Throughout seven stages over seven days (May 12-18, 2019), the world’s elite professional cyclists will contest mountain roads, highways, and coastlines from Sacramento to Pasadena. The 773-mile course through 13 Host Cities will ante up 14 Sprints, more than 68,000 feet of elevation gain and 25 King of the Mountain (KOM) climbs, the most in race history, and includes a fan-favorite, the Mt. Baldy summit finish. More than half of the seven stages feature 120+-mile courses. A visual overview of the men’s and women’s courses is viewable at www.amgentourofcalifornia.com/route-2019.

“This marks the sixth consecutive year, and it will be another heart-pumping, grueling climb to the finish line at Heavenly’s California Base Lodge for these elite athletes,” said Carol Chaplin, president, and CEO of the Lake Tahoe Visitors Authority. “We invite community members and businesses to come out and cheer on Olympians as well as Olympic hopefuls.”

Cyclists Peter Stetina and Peter Sagan heading to South Lake Tahoe for Amgen Tour of California

STAGE 2 PRESENTED BY VISIT CALIFORNIA
MONDAY, MAY 13, 2019
Rancho Cordova to South Lake Tahoe
120.9 miles / 194.5 km
KOMs: 6
Elevation Gain: 14,522’
Sprints: Placerville, Luther Pass
Expected Outcome: Select group

The Amgen Tour of California welcomes the City of Rancho Cordova as a new stage host. While the start is just a 15-minute drive from the Stage 1 finish, this day of racing will be the polar opposite of Stage 1. The stage will start at sea level and by the end of the day, the racers will have amassed nearly 15,000 feet of climbing over 121-miles of racing. Heading east from the start, the route will follow White Rock Road through El Dorado Hills then connect with the Stage 6 course from 2018. Once again, racers will enjoy the huge crowds and warm hospitality in Placerville before heading onto the picturesque Mormon Emigrant Trail and U.S. Highway 88, one of the most beautiful roads in California where the peloton will zip through lush forests and past bass-laden lakes.

They will also encounter some serious elevation. The KOM at Carson Pass tops out at 8,620 feet, the highest point the race has ever reached in its 14 years. A long descent will allow the riders a short rest, but a left turn onto U.S. Highway 89 will take them to the top of Luther Pass and into South Lake Tahoe. For those that have raced to South Lake Tahoe in previous years, they know that a brutal finish up the steep roads to the Heavenly ski area finish looms ahead.

The event’s legacy as an international platform for both men’s and women’s racing will hold a special significance this year as Olympic hopefuls gear up for Tokyo 2020.

“The Amgen Tour of California is the pinnacle of cycling in America. The 2019 race course is incredibly demanding – there’s more climbing and more long road days than ever before. With the best of the best in cycling coming to California to contest it, we are in for another memorable race,” said Kristin Klein, president of the Amgen Tour of California and executive vice president of AEG Sports. “We look forward to shining a spotlight on the beauty of California and the dedication of these athletes for fans, in person and via the worldwide broadcast, in what will be one of the most exciting sporting events in the country this year.”

For the past five years, Tahoe South has hosted an Amgen Tour of California event thereby reinforcing its 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.

2019 RACE SCHEDULE

Amgen Tour of California (Men’s Race)

Amgen Tour of California Men's Race 2019

Host City information and a highlight video are available at www.amgentourofcalifornia.com


(downloadable HD press version at www.amgentourofcalifornia.com/media).

The Amgen Tour of California is designed to cover a variety of terrain, allowing diverse specialists in the peloton to shine throughout the week. Several fast and flat sections are on tap in Sacramento, Morgan Hill and Pasadena catering to sprinters – as well as a start overlooking the famous Laguna Seca motor speedway. Climbers will face challenges in South Lake Tahoe, the Diablo Mountain Range outside Stockton with its 4,625 foot elevation, and on multiple ascents 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, featuring 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 overall victory.

“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 a 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.”

For the past five years, Tahoe South has hosted an Amgen Tour of California event thereby reinforcing its 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.

South Lake Tahoe is renowned for several summer biking events, trails and a BMX bike park that opened summer 2015. The annual America’s Most Beautiful Bike Ride circumnavigates the lake, early-June. The annual Tour de Tahoe Bike Big Blue Race, mid-Sept., offers another chance to circle Tahoe’s 72-mile shoreline also described as “America’s Most Beautiful Drive.”

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Amgen Tour of California Men's Teams 2019

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Last year's 2018 Men's Stage 6 Folsom to South Lake Tahoe- Amgen Tour of California

Last year's 2018 Amgen Tour of California Women's Race empowered with SRAM - Stage 2 at Lake Tahoe

Amgen Tour of California Men's Stage 2 Route Rancho Cordova to South Lake Tahoe 2019

Amgen Tour of California 2019 Map

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