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Route announced: Amgen Tour of California to take cyclists through Central Coast

Posted at 12:30 PM, Jan 31, 2019
and last updated 2019-01-31 15:34:59-05

The route for the 2019 Amgen Tour of California was released Thursday and organizers say it’ll be the longest and most challenging in the race’s 14-year history.

The elite cycling race will take place in seven stages from May 12-18, starting in Sacramento and ending in Pasadena, and covering a total of 773 miles.

Stage 1 of the men’s race starts and ends in Sacramento.

Stage 2 starts in Rancho Cordova and ends in South Lake Tahoe.

Stage 3 starts in Stockton and ends in Morgan Hill.

Stage 4 brings the cyclists to the Central Coast. It starts at the Laguna Seca Raceway in Monterey County and heads south along Highway 1 to Morro Bay, with the finish line on Harbor St.

Stage 5 will start in Pismo Beach, head south along Highway 1 through Oceano and Guadalupe to Orcutt, where riders will then head out to Foxen Canyon and Highway 154. After climbing over the San Marcos Pass, cyclists will then take Highway 192 into Ventura County for a finish in the City of Ventura.

Stage 6 will start in Ontario and end at Mt. Baldy.

Stage 7 starts in Santa Clarita and will conclude the race in Pasadena.

There is also a women’s race. It takes place in three stages from May 16-18 and coincides with the final three stages of the men’s race.