Cycling the Amgen Tour of California
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We have summarized all climbs featured in the 2019 Tour of California. All climbs have been plotted and are available to view on our map and our dynamic list (organize the climbs as you prefer - by stage #, difficulty, ascent, highest altitude, distance, steepest, etc.). You may also navigate to the individual climb detail page for each mountain climb of the 2019 Tour and learn all important details of that climb, as well as Tour of California history for that particular climb on our Featured Climbs.
Top tour climbs
Mormon Emigrant Trail - California, USA
Eighth longest road bike climb in California.
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Mt. Hamilton East - California, USA
Shorter, steeper route up to the Hamilton Observatory near San Jose.
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Glendora Mountain Road - California, USA
Discover the Beauty of Glendora Mountain Road Cycling
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Mt. Baldy to Baldy Village - California, USA
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Mt. Hamilton -- featured more than any other climb in Tour of California history.
PJAMM Cycling has summarized all of the details for all climbs listed on the Tour of California route maps. For each of these climbs there is a link to more detail on that bike climb’s respective Climb Page. We have included the most significant climbs as “Featured Climbs” (see photo strips above). You can also assess current weather and get a seven-day forecast for the start and finish of each climb on our Climb Pages.
Interesting Tour of California facts:
- The ToC has been every year since its inaugural race in 2006.
- The Tour was held in February from 2006 to 2009.
- In 2010, the Tour moved to May for several reasons:
- Better weather permitted the race to move inland and up into the mountains, making it much more diverse and challenging.
- The May start features riders reaching peak form in preparation for the Tour de France, making for better viewing and competition.
- The Tour organizers’ hope was that by moving the ToC to May, it would become a preparatory race for the Tour de France. This has become the case.
- In 2017, the UCI granted the Tour of California World Tour Status, thus elevating it to one of that organization’s premier events, although not in the same league as the Three Grand Tours or some of the more established European Stage Races (10 in addition to the three Grand Tours), or the five Monument one-day races (Milan-San Remo [first edition 1907], Tour of Flanders , Paris-Roubaix , Liège–Bastogne–Liège [1892 - oldest of the monuments], and Giro di Lombardia (1905).
- The first winner of the Tour was Floyd Landis (his victory has not been stricken by the ToC as it has that year by the TdF).
- Levi Leipheimer (USA) is the only multi-race winner (2007-2009).
- Bradley Wiggins (GBR) is the only Tour de France champion (2012) to have won the Tour of California (2014).
- The only other Grand Tour winner to also win the ToC is Chris Horner (USA), who won the Vuelta a España in 2013 and the Tour of California in 2011.
- Peter Sagan (SVK; 2015 winner) has the most stage victories (16) followed by Mark Cavendish with 10.
- Sagan, not surprisingly, has by far the most overall Sprint Classifications (seven -- 2010-2014, 2016-2017).
- There have been no repeat KOM winners.
- Best Rider was awarded three years running to Robert Gesink (NED; 2007 [at the age of 21] to 2009; he won the Tour 2012).
- Tadej Pogačar (SVN) was the youngest winner of the ToC at 20 years of age in 2019.
SIERRA NEVADA MOUNTAIN RANGE
Rancho Cordova > South Lake Tahoe
May 13; 120.9 miles gaining 14,522’
Expected outcome: Select Group.
“After starting the 2019 Amgen Tour of California in a familiar locale, Stage 2 begins in the new host city of Rancho Cordova, fifteen miles upstream along the American River. Rancho Cordova may be a new partner for the race, but the peloton’s journey to the slopes of South Lake Tahoe’s Heavenly Ski Resort is well-known and feared by local cyclists and the peloton. From the start, the route gradually prods uphill. Over the next 122-miles, the peloton will climb over 14,500 feet and three KOMs -- even finishing uphill to the mountain’s ski lifts. The race’s Queen Stage comes later in the week, so the overall contenders can go for the General Classification lead here but they would be well-advised to save their legs.” More
DIABLO MOUNTAIN RANGE
Stockton > Morgan Hill
May 14; 128.6 miles 9,667’
Expected outcome: Field Sprint.
“From Stockton to Morgan Hill, Stage 3 of the 2019 Amgen Tour of California cements a connection between two of the race’s most recent favorite host cities. The last time that the peloton headed west from Stockton, however, was way back in 2007 when fan favorite Jens Voight arrived ahead of American Levi Leipheimer to win the stage. At 126-miles, this year’s route is quite a bit longer than a decade ago and includes more climbing – nearly 10,000 feet. A notable addition to the 2019 route is the KOM atop Mt. Hamilton (4,265 feet) before a quick descent to the finish.” More
CENTRAL PACIFIC COAST
WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca > Morro Bay
May 15; 137 miles, 11,758’
Expected Outcome: Field Sprint
“Stage 4 of the 2019 Amgen Tour of California returns the pro peloton to arguably the most scenic stretch of road in the world. From its start at the WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca, the race embarks on a breathtaking 138-mile journey through California’s spectacular Big Sur coast to Morro Bay’s monolithic rock. This is a route that has also become synonymous with the Amgen Tour of California. The first three iterations of the race back in 2006-2008 included stages from Monterey/Seaside to San Luis Obispo. After a lengthy hiatus, the AmgenTOC again returned to this stretch of road in 2014 and then in 2016, the latter being a reverse of the me traditional north-south route. In May 2017, an immense landslide closed Coast Highway 25-miles north of Hearst Castle and only re-opened on July 18, 2018. Such a mammoth effort enabled the Amgen Tour of California to triumphantly return to this classic stretch of highway.” More
SOUTHERN PACIFIC COAST
Pismo Beach > Ventura
May 16; 135.8 miles, 10,375’
Expected Outcome: Group sprint.
“The Amgen Tour of California’s Stage 5 is a hilly meandering that begins and ends in two iconic beach towns. In between, the peloton tours the best of Santa Barbara County, “America’s Riviera.” This is 138-miles of undulating hills with a few KOMs in the middle and nearly 10,000 feet for the day before a last-minute short but steep climb of 10% within the last three miles. It’s this climb that could split the leaders and propel a rider to victory in Ventura.” More
Stage 6 - Queen Stage
SAN GABRIEL MOUNTAINS
Ontario > Mt. Baldy
May 17; 78 miles, 14,040’
Expected Outcome: Select group or individual.
“The Queen Stage of the 2019 Amgen Tour of California brings us to the fabled slopes of Mt. Baldy. The route is a trek through the San Gabriel Mountains just north of the Los Angeles Basin. Mt. Baldy is the showstopper for the day, but it certainly is not the only obstacle. In total, the stage features several KOMs for 12,000 feet of climbing. Only just outside Los Angeles’s northern suburbs, this is a beautiful ride that will make the peloton forget about the city bustle. For any rider, this is a refreshing detour.” More
The Mt. Baldy/Glendora Mountain Road route is the same used in all four previous ToC’s to include Baldy/GMR. The first climb is 12.8 miles from Ontario to the town of Mt. Baldy (gain 3,525’ at 5.2%) and the second is Glendora Mountain Road to Mt. Baldy Ski Resort upper parking lot (25.5 miles at 4% to 6,412’’).
(Full Mt. Baldy climb)
SAN GABRIEL MOUNTAINS
Santa Clarita > Pasadena
May 18; 87 miles, 8,506’
Expected Outcome: Field Sprint.
“The final stage of the 2019 Amgen Tour of California is anything but a tranquil parade to the finish. Following a harrowing uphill finish to the slopes of Mt. Baldy the day before, this journey from Santa Clarita to Pasadena passes through the rugged San Gabriel Mountains before making a final descent into the City of Roses and a finish at the iconic Rose Bowl. Among the race’s former finishes in southern California, Pasadena is among the race’s favorite stops. It has been on the itinerary on five previous occasions. Yet with a challenging route through the mountains, this stage could shake up the standings just as it did in 2015 when Peter Sagan squeaked by Julian Alaphilippe for the General Classification win by three seconds. That year saw a bunch sprint to the finish, unlike this year’s eighty-mile trek over nine thousand feet and several KOMs before plunging back down to the San Gabriel Valley where the race to the finish will be fast and furious.” More
(ToC Map “Angeles Forest Hwy Summit)