MORRO BAY — This year, for the first time ever, the Morro Bay waterfront will serve as the stage three finish area for the world renowned Amgen Tour of California, a professional cycling stage race on the UCI America Tour and USA Cycling Professional Tour.
The seven day road race, which first originated back in 2006 and is typically hosted during the spring season, covers roughly 700 miles throughout California — including on highways, byways and coastlines.
According to 2017 route maps, this year’s 12th edition, scheduled for May 14-20, will start in Sacramento at the state’s capitol, finish in Pasadena and hit many scenic areas along the way. The Stage 3 event, on May 16, will cover 113.7 miles from Pismo Beach all the way up north to Morro Bay.
“The Amgen Tour of California is America’s greatest race, and this year more than ever, the world will be watching,” Kristin Klein, race president and executive vice president of AEG Sports, the world’s largest owner of sports teams and sports events, said.
In years past at least eight or nine of the 20 different UCI ProTour teams have participated in this race, as well as Olympic medalists, Tour de France contenders and other World Champions, qualifying the Tour of California as one of the most important cycling races in the entire United States.
“This means the competition will reach an all time high with the best racers and best teams in the world lining up to take part,” Klein said.
While last year’s overall race saw many different winners, french athlete Julian Alaphilippe of Etixx-Quick-Step racing team won his biggest victory to date. Not only did he win a stage, but he also took home the overall, as well. Second and third place went to BMC Racing Team members Rohan Dennis, from Australia, and Brent Bookwalter, from the United States.
Amgen, a large California-based biotech company known for its production of Erythropoietin - a performance enhancing drug used by professional cyclists — is the event’s main sponsor.
For any more questions regarding the Amgen Tour of California road race, contact the program’s media relations at [email protected] or Morro Bay Tourism at 805-225-7411.