2011 Amgen Tour of California

2011 Amgen Tour of California Route Revealed for Stages 4, 5 & 6

Stage 5, Presented by Rabobank: Seaside to Paso Robles (Thursday, May 19)http://www.amgentourofcalifornia.com/Route/stages/stage5.html

Start Location: Seaside (City Hall – Canyon Del Rey Blvd.)

Finish Location: Paso Robles (11th and Spring St.)

The Amgen Tour of California will return to Seaside and the Monterey Peninsula once again in 2011, marking the first official race start in this storied location since the race last visited the city in 2008. The race will take the same route down Hwy. 1 through Monterey, Carmel, Pacific Grove, and Big Sur, providing some of the most dramatic and compelling scenery of any location in the world. The route has quickly become legendary among the pro peloton with the Bixby Bridge, towering cliffs, crashing waves, lighthouses, two KOMs, and herds of sea lions that gradually give way to a gentler coast line.

After passing through a Sprint line in San Simeon (home of the Hearst Castle), the race will enter the tranquil seaside town of Cambria, where their main street is lined with quaint shops. A mile later, tranquility will be left behind as the riders start Santa Rosa Creek Rd. The road is narrow, twisting and overgrown with hanging vegetation, making the racers feel like they’ve entered the set of a Harry Potter movie. On this route, if the peloton lets a rider escape up the road, they may never see him again. It will be a constant 2-3 percent grade up Santa Rosa Creek Rd. until the riders reach the 20 percent “Wall.” A steep and technical descent will face the riders as they crest the summit of the KOM.

From here, Stage 5 will offer up some of the most beautiful roads of the 2011 route into Paso Robles as the roads roll past several of the famous vineyards and wineries of the Paso Robles wine region. This is the same long finishing straight to the Downtown City Park in Paso Robles that was used the last time the Amgen Tour of California finished here in 2009. There were thousands of screaming fans to watch the finishing sprint then, and a repeat performance is guaranteed for the conclusion of Stage 5 in 2011.

Stage 6, Presented by Herbalife: Solvang Individual Time Trial (Friday, May 20)http://www.amgentourofcalifornia.com/Route/stages/stage6.html

Start Location: Intersection of Mission Dr. and 1st St.

Finish Location: Copenhagen Dr.

After a hiatus in 2010, the Amgen Tour of California’s individual time trial returns to Solvang, the quaint Danish village that plays host annually to some of the Pro Tour teams for training camps, as well as some of the largest cycling events in the U.S. With the start and finish lines located only one block apart, Stage 6 will be an ideal location for spectators to view the race. The route will highlight the beautiful Santa Ynez Valley, winding through quaint towns, vineyards, and farms, and one short but steep climb up Ballard Canyon. This year’s short, flat and fast time trial will create a challenging test for the riders and is expected to be a decisive day of the race. As in the past, the Solvang time trial will separate the true contenders for the golden jersey from the rest of the field.

For more details…

http://www.independent.com/news/2011/feb/11/2011-amgen-tour-california-route-revealed-stages-4/

For race info, previews, live videos, results and highlights see

http://www.steephill.tv/tour-of-california/

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