The Amgen Tour of California returns to Tahoe for 2018 as part of a 11-city stop for the 13th annual cycling event taking place from May 13 to 19. Tahoe will host both men’s and women’s legs of the Amgen Tour.
Throughout seven stages over seven days, the world’s best cyclists will contest more than 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 world’s best women cyclists, will run concurrently from May 17 to 19 covering upward of 150 miles over three stages.
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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.
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 in South Lake Tahoe 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. | amgen.com
2018 RACE SCHEDULE
May 13 | Stage 1 | Long Beach
May 14 | Stage 2 | Ventura to Santa Barbara County (Gibraltar Road)
May 15 | Stage 3 | King City to Monterey County (Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca)
May 16 | Stage 4 | San Jose (Time Trial)
May 17 | Stage 5 | Stockton to Elk Grove
May 18 | Stage 6 | Folsom to South Lake Tahoe
May 19 | Stage 7 | Sacramento
May 17 | Stage 1 | Elk Grove
May 18 | Stage 2 | South Lake Tahoe
May 19 | Stage 3 | Sacramento