Amgen Tour of California Stage 4 Presented by Lexus to Start at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca on May 15
The 2019 Amgen Tour of California will be the longest and most challenging in its 14-year history, with details announced by AEG, owner and presenter of America’s only UCI WorldTour race.
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 a fan-favorite Mt. Baldy summit finish. More than half of the seven stages feature 120+-mile courses.
The Amgen Tour of California is designed to cover varied terrain, with opportunities for sprinters, climbers and general classification riders to shine throughout the week. Presented by Visit California, a visual overview of the men’s and women’s courses is viewable at www.amgentourofcalifornia.com.
“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.”
The fourth of seven Men’s Routes totaling 773 miles will start at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca on Wednesday, May 15. Stage 4 presented by Lexus is a 132-mile route that will take riders from the iconic race track to Morro Bay.
It has been five years since a southbound route on Hwy 1. In 2017, a monstrous landslide dumped more than 1 million tons of dirt and rocks onto a .25 mile stretch of the iconic Hwy 1 south of Big Sur. This stage will be a celebration of a massive achievement by Caltrans to reopen the iconic coastal stretch.
After a short climb out of the start at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca, the race will pass through Seaside, Monterey and Carmel. Hwy 1 typifies the beauty of the state and features a gentle rolling landscape that drivers may not register, but the cyclists will certainly feel the 11,758′ of climbing on this stage. Past Ragged Point, the course will flatten out for the second sprint of the day in San Simeon.
It is the third time in the past four years that WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca has hosted the start or finish to a stage of the Amgen Tour of California. Though primarily known for auto racing, the Monterey County-owned facility is well-known among the cycling community as the site of the annual Sea Otter Classic and for hosting monthly Twilight Cycling rides.
Fans are encouraged to attend opening ceremonies on the morning of Wednesday, May 15, and get up close and personal with the competitors as they are staging before the race begins at approximately 10:10 a.m.
2019 AMGEN TOUR OF CALIFORNIA RACE SCHEDULE
DATE | MEN
Sun., May 12 - Stage 1: Sacramento
Mon., May 13 - Stage 2: Rancho Cordova to South Lake Tahoe
Tues., May 14 - Stage 3: Stockton to Morgan Hill
Wed., May 15 - Stage 4: WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca to Morro Bay
Thurs., May 16 - Stage: 5 Pismo Beach to Ventura
Fri., May 17 - Stage 6: Ontario to Mt. Baldy
Sat., May 18 - Stage 7: Santa Clarita to Pasadena
DATE | WOMEN
Thurs., May 16 - Stage 1: Ventura
Fri., May 17 - Stage 2: Ontario to Mt. Baldy
Sat., May 18 - Stage 3: Santa Clarita to Pasadena