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Route information for Amgen Tour of California bike race is online

Stage 7 of 2013 Tour of California

Wondering where you’re going to set up to watch the action at the Amgen Tour of California when the bicycle race rolls out May 12-19?

Now you can find turn-by-turn route information for each stage at the bike race website.

Organizers published downloadable .pdf maps and interactive Google maps, as well as elevation cross-sections, online …

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Host cities announced for 2013 Tour of California; detours Sierra Nevada

2013 Tour of California host cities

This is going to take some getting used to: The 2013 Amgen Tour of California is routed from Escondido to Santa Rosa — south to north — when it rolls out from May 12 to 19.

Hard lessons along the Pacific Coast many years ago taught me that north to south is the preferred direction …

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.bikingbis.com/2012/11/27/host-cities-announced-for-2013-tour-of-california-detours-sierra-nevada/

Biggest mystery of Tour of California resolved; also TV schedule

A big question has loomed over the Amgen Tour of California bike race that starts on Sunday: Is 3-time winner Levi Leipheimer well enough to compete in the 8-stage race?

Leipheimer, who suffered a fractured fibula when he was struck from behind by a car in early April, finally answered that question on Friday. …

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.bikingbis.com/2012/05/12/biggest-mystery-of-tour-of-california-resolved-also-tv-schedule/

Tour of California announces 16 teams

Organizers named the 16 teams that will compete in the 7th annual Tour of California that rolls out on May 13-20 this year.

Eight teams represent the UCI Pro Teams that compete at the most elite levels. They include RadioShack-Nissan-Trek, home to last year’s winner Chris Horner of Bend, Oregon. The team of 3-time winner Levi Leipheimer (Omega Pharma-QuickStep) also will be on hand.

Four Professional Continental Teams and four Continental Teams also will attend.

It’s important to remember that this is the team announcement; the team squads will be named later.

When executive director Kristin Bachochin says in a press release that the teams “represent the most prestigious field of talent ever to compete in our race,” …

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.bikingbis.com/2012/03/13/tour-of-california-announces-16-teams/

Route specifics disclosed for 2012 Amgen Tour of California

Amgen Tour of California fans can now begin staking claim to their favorite roadside vantage points for this year's bike race.

Organizers on Wednesday published the detailed stage maps and course profiles for the eight stages of this year's race, rolling out of Santa Rosa on May 13 and ending in Los Angeles on May 20.

The details are full of surprises, such as a visit to towering Mt. Diablo in Danville on the Stage 3 ….

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.bikingbis.com/2012/02/09/route-specifics-disclosed-for-2012-amgen-tour-of-california/

Amateur cyclists can ride tough Tour of California stage

Borrowing a theme from its French cousin, le Tour de France, the 2012 Amgen Tour of California is taking the toughest stage of next year's bike race and turning it into a ride for every day cyclists.

Called L'Etape du California, the bike ride for amateur cyclists will be Stage 7's assault on Mt. Baldy from Ontario in southern part of the state.

The amateur ride is scheduled on Saturday, April 28. The contested Stage 7 for the pros in the Tour of California is the penultimate stage and rolls out May 19.

Registration is due to open in December ….

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.bikingbis.com/2011/11/12/amateur-cyclists-can-ride-tough-tour-of-california-stage/

Host cities named for 2012 Amgen Tour of California

Organizers for the Amgen Tour of California announced the 13 cities that will play host to the eight stages of next year's bike race that rolls across 750 miles of scenic landscape from May 13-20, 2012.

Starting in Santa Rosa, the route generally heads southward to the San Francisco Bay area, then east into the Mother Lode. There's an individual time trial in Bakersfield, then two stages in the southern mountains before the final criterium in Los Angeles.

The route meisters are avoiding the high mountains of Northern California, considering the snowy conditions that canceled the first stage last year …

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.bikingbis.com/2011/11/03/host-cities-named-for-2012-amgen-tour-of-california/

2011 Tour of California is one for the record books

After the Amgen Tour of California started with some big surprises, the 6th edition of the week-long race ended Sunday pretty much as expected.

The 82-mile Stage 8 bike race from Santa Clarita to Thousand Oaks ended in a mass sprint — won by Matthew Goss of HTC Columbia.

And yellow jersey leader Chris Horner (RadioShack) protected his gap to take the championship …

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.bikingbis.com/2011/05/23/2011-tour-of-california-is-one-for-the-record-books/

RadioShack scalps the peloton on Mount Baldy

Here's a sight that not many would have predicted when bike race organizers announced the most difficult mountain stage ever in the Amgen Tour of California:

Three-time champion Levi Leipheimer setting the pace for yellow jersey leader Chris Horner in the final kilometers to the finish on Mount Baldy.

Their RadioShack teammates had destroyed the field by setting a high pace throughout the 80-mile Stage 7, and the last rivals had dropped off the back before Leipheimer and Horner rolled across the finish line with a victory salute.

Unless something goes horribly wrong in the final Stage 8, Horner looks to be assured of a victory ….

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.bikingbis.com/2011/05/21/radioshack-scalps-the-peloton-on-mount-baldy/

Teammates vie for yellow jersey in Solvang

Sixth place was good enough for Chris Horner (Radio Shack) to hold onto the yellow jersey after Friday's individual time trial concluded in Solvang at the Amgen Tour of California.

Dave Zabriskie (left, Garmin Cervelo) won the stage, setting a record over the 15-mile course. The previous record holder, Levi Leipheimer (RadioShack) finished second, 14 seconds behind Zabriskie.

While Horner remained in 1st overall, he lost time to Leipheimer who now trails his teammate by 38 seconds. This could result in some interesting team tactics on the summit finish of Mt. Baldy on Saturday. ….

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