The 12th annual Amgen Tour of California brings the world's top professional international and domestic cycling teams – including Olympic medalists, Tour de France contenders and World Champions – back to California next month to compete on a demanding course down the Golden State’s iconic highways, byways and coastlines.
This year brings some exciting achievements for the Tour. Both the men’s and women’s events are being elevated to Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) WorldTour status for the first time, making it the only stage race in North America to receive this prestigious classification. This is a privilege and designation reserved for the world’s premier races.
The competition kicks off with the women's race May 11-14. This is the 10th consecutive year that a women’s contest will be held as part of the Amgen Tour of California. Over the course of the last decade, the Amgen Breakaway from Heart Disease™ Women’s Race empowered with SRAM has grown from a one-day event to a UCI Women’s WorldTour stage race. The women’s race will visit South Lake Tahoe and first-time host city, Elk Grove, before concluding in Sacramento as the men’s race gets underway on May 14.
The first-ever U.S. UCI WorldTour course traverses nearly 600 miles, traveling through 12 returning host cities, including South Lake Tahoe, Sacramento, Modesto, San Jose, Pismo Beach, Morro Bay, Santa Barbara, Santa Clarita, Ontario, Mt. Baldy, Big Bear Lake, Mountain High and Pasadena, concluding May 20. To view the 2017 route announcement video, presented by Visit California, click here.
Millions of spectators are expected to once again line the race course to cheer on the peloton, taking their pick from all the unique and stunning vantage points the Golden State offers – from stunning coastlines and striking mountains to all the valleys and vistas in between. Fans will also have opportunities to rub elbows with cycling legends Jens Voigt and Freddie Rodriguez, who will reprise their roles as Race Ambassadors, and Kristin Armstrong, first-time Race Ambassador and the most decorated woman in U.S. cycling history coming off her incredible performance to win her third gold medal at the 2016 Olympic Games last summer.
2017 also makes history for the California tourism industry: the Amgen Tour of California will book its 100,000th hotel room since race inception in 2006. This impressive achievement exemplifies the economic impact of the Tour on communities throughout the state – from gateways and beyond. For more information about this milestone, click here.