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Amgen Tour of California Tahoe Routes Announced for Women’s Stage 2 and Men’s Stage 6, May 18
Feb. 8, 2018 (SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif./Nev.) – Cycling fans can begin plotting their roadside viewing points along the 2018 Amgen Tour of California route, announced today by AEG, owner and presenter of the 13th annual race. The Women's Stage 2 and Men’s Stage 6 at South Lake Tahoe will both include iconic vistas, stunning lake views, highest summit in race history at Luther Pass, and the grueling Daggett Pass along Kingsbury Grade state Route 207 on May 18.
America’s premier cycling stage race will cover 645 miles of roadways, highways and coastlines during seven stages from Long Beach to Sacramento May 13-19. Known for epic sprinter showdowns, three of the sport’s greatest are confirmed to race this year: Mark Cavendish (Team Dimension Data), Marcel Kittel (Team KATUSHA ALPECIN) and “King of California” Peter Sagan (BORA-hansgrohe), cycling’s first three-time consecutive World Champion, who also holds the California race record for most stage wins (16).
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. 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. 2018 will mark the third time the race will run south to north.
The men's Stage 6 presented by Visit California is a daunting stage that starts with a pass by Folsom’s newly completed Johnny Cash Trail, a unique 3-mile trail that honors the memory of the singer and his historic performance at Folsom Prison in 1968. Then 123-mile stage features more than 16,000 feet of climbing, four King of the Mountain (first athlete to reach the top of that pass) including Kingsbury Grade for the first time and an uphill finish. The elevation in Folsom is just 275’. The racers will see 8,600’ as they crest Carson Pass and will finish in South Lake Tahoe at Heavenly at 6,600’.
“These are arguably the toughest stages and another opportunity to showcase South Lake Tahoe’s scenic beauty and challenging terrain,” said Carol Chaplin, president and CEO of the Lake Tahoe Visitors Authority. “It will be a highlight to watch the most accomplished racers tackle Daggett Pass.”
The Amgen Tour of California Women's Race empowered with SRAM, showcasing the world’s best women cyclists, will run concurrently May 17-19, covering upward of 187 miles over three stages.
Similar to 2017, the women’s Stage 2 presented by Visit California 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 World Tour. The racers will head west from Heavenly Mountain Resort for the start of this 70-mile stage then turn south on CA-89 and over the 7,740’ summit of Luther Pass where they will challenge the first of the day’s three QOMs. A quick descent will take the riders into the spectacular Carson River Basin and on a loop through the Washoe Reservation before heading northeast into Nevada. A left turn will take them north on Kingsbury Grade. The “Grade” had never been attempted in any previous Amgen Tour of California stage until 2017. This 8-mile climb gains 2,700’ in elevation, with riders encountering the second QOM at an elevation of 7,400’. The descent back to South Lake Tahoe will provide beautiful views of the lake and the surrounding mountains. The final QOM of the stage will deliver the riders to the finish at Heavenly Mountain Resort.
A visual overview of the men’s and women’s courses is viewable at www.amgentourofcalifornia.com/2018-route-overview.
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.
South Lake Tahoe is renowned for several summer biking events, trails and a new BMX bike park that opened summer 2015. The annual America’s Most Beautiful Bike Ride circumnavigates the lake June 3. The annual Tour de Tahoe Bike Big Blue Race Sept. 9, offers another chance to circle Tahoe’s 72-mile shoreline also described as “America’s Most Beautiful Drive.”
In light of the devastation brought on by wildfires and mudslides throughout the state, signed apparel from these all-star sprinters, along with other past Amgen Tour of California favorites, will soon be available through an Amgen Tour of California online auction organized by STAPLES Center Foundation with all proceeds benefiting the American Red Cross Disaster Relief. Race fans – and California fans – will be able bid on exclusive items from merchandise to behind-the-scenes race experiences to help people affected by disasters.
With parts of the state still impacted by wildfires and subsequent mudslides, affected portions of the route will be inspected up until race time, and race routes are subject to change to ensure fan and rider safety.
Volunteer registration is available at: amgentourofcalifornia.com. For sponsorship or expo opportunities: amgentourofcalifornia.com/sponsorship. For real time updates on events, promotions, packages, conditions and events in Tahoe South visit https://tahoesouth.com.
For South Lake Tahoe stage maps, images, graphics access via Dropbox.com.
South Lake Tahoe Media Contact:
Amgen Tour of California Media Contacts:
Michael Roth, AEG
Josh Levitt, Canvas Blue
About the Lake Tahoe Visitors Authority
Set at 6,300 feet, South Lake Tahoe is the only destination in the country that combines two strikingly different worlds: spectacular natural beauty and desirable resort amenities. The combination of outdoor summer activities includes hiking, biking, kayaking, golfing, swimming, fishing and boat cruises along with 24-hour nightclubs, fine dining, gaming and entertainment. For information about lodging, recreation and family packages at Lake Tahoe South Shore, call the Lake Tahoe Visitors Authority, 1-800-AT-TAHOE (1-800-288-2463) or go to www.TahoeSouth.com.
About the Amgen Tour of California
The Amgen Tour of California and the Amgen Women's Race empowered with SRAM are Tour de France-style cycling road races created and presented by AEG. Running concurrently, the races challenges the world's top professional cycling teams to compete along demanding courses that traverses hundreds of miles of California's iconic highways, byways and coastlines each spring. The teams chosen to participate have included Olympic medalists, Tour de France contenders and World Champions, and award important, world-ranking points to the top finishers. More information is available at amgentourofcalifornia.com.
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