Organizers Reveal 2014 Tour of California Route
Race organizers hope early individual time trial and queen stage will pave the way for general classification shakeups and unprecedented racing excitement at 2014 Amgen Tour of California.
racing. In the 10.8 miles of the Mount Diablo climb alone, riders will gain nearly 3,300 feet in elevation at an average six percent grade.
Other notable climbs throughout the week include San Marcos Pass before the descent into Santa Barbara; a long, restless climb to finish at the summit of Mountain High North; two technical climbs heading into Pasadena; and the infamous short and steep “Rock Store” climb in Thousand Oaks, which the riders will have to scale four times during the final stage. These climbs throughout the later days of racing will make life difficult for the sprinters and could allow small groups of strong climbers to break away from the peloton before the finish, making for exciting viewing opportunities for fans who historically turn out in droves to cheer on the riders as they toil uphill.
A total of 16 world-class teams, including nine previously announced UCI Pro Teams and seven Continental and Pro Continental teams added earlier today, will comprise a field already considered the best collection of teams from top to bottom ever to compete in a stage race on U.S. soil.
Additionally, earlier this week, race organizers also announced that the 2014 Amgen Tour of California will feature more professional women’s racing than any previous race of its kind with two days of action-packed competition presented by SRAM. Invitations are now being extended to an elite international roster of female cyclists to compete in a circuit race surrounding the state capitol building in downtown Sacramento when the Amgen Tour of California begins on May 11. The following day, a field of nearly two dozen of the world’s top-ranked women time trialists will race the clock during a time trial in Folsom over the same course the men will ride later that day.
As one of the most anticipated professional cycling races on the international calendar, the Amgen Tour of California draws professional cyclists from the ranks of Olympic medalists, Tour de France contenders and world champions, including last year’s winner, Team BMC Racing. When a champion is named on May 18, the riders will have experienced three new host cities, two mountaintop finishes, a bevy of twists and turns, climbs and sprints galore, and the most beautiful and varied scenery the state of California has to offer. From lush forests to desert roads to oceanfront finishes – and a historic start on a pier – this year’s route promises breathtaking moments for riders and fans alike.
Schedule and route for the 2014 Amgen Tour of California:
Stage 1: Sunday, May 11 – Sacramento
Stage 2: Monday, May 12 – Folsom (individual time trial)
Stage 3: Tuesday, May 13 – San Jose to Mount Diablo State Park
Stage 4: Wednesday, May 14 – Monterey to Cambria
Stage 5: Thursday, May 15 – Pismo Beach to Santa Barbara
Stage 6: Friday, May 16 – Santa Clarita to Mountain High
Stage 7: Saturday, May 17 – Santa Clarita to Pasadena
Stage 8: Sunday, May 18 – Thousand Oaks (circuit race)
Stage 1, Presented by Visit California: Sunday,