12-May-2014 - 19-May-2014
Duration: 8 days / 7 nights
Suitable for: weekend warrior and above.
Prices from: $4895
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The Amgen Tour of California is recognised as one of the nation’s largest and most prestigious annual cycling events. It is an eight-day road race that has grown in stature to feature elite professional teams and athletes from around the world. One of only two American races listed as a UCI 2.HC event on the international professional cycling calendar, the Amgen Tour of California awards important, world-ranking points to the top finishers. The Amgen Tour of California brings the drama and excitement of professional cycling to California for the ninth consecutive year in 2014.
This tour has been designed to take in the key stages of the Amgen Tour of California while enjoying the amazing scenery and roads throughout the Californian coastline. Beginning in San Francisco, the tour will make its way south, following the peloton all the way to Los Angeles. Don’t miss this opportunity to get up close and personal on the infamous Mt Diablo climb, enjoy the scenery of Highway 1, and discover the back roads of Santa Barbara, a place Phil once called home.
For those who have the time, spend an extra couple of days before the start of the tour of California traversing the wineries and Redwood forests in Northern California with Phil Anderson on the Pre-Race tour
Stage 2: Folsom Individual Time Trial
Today's Ride: Today’s ride: 40km, easy.
This tour starts in the afternoon from our hotel in Walnut Creek. For those not joining us on the Pre-Tour and who need assistance in reaching Walnut Creek, we can organize transportation from San Francisco international Airport for today.
Once we’ve all met each other and set up our bikes if necessary, we’ll head out on a welcome ride that doesn’t stray too far from the hotel at this early stage. On return we’ll dine together in anticipation of an exciting and challenging week ahead.
Stage 3: San Jose> Mount Diablo
Today's Ride: 70km
The finish on Mt Diablo was picked as the queen stage in 2013. Leopold Konig took line honours that day whilst Tejay Van Garderen moved into the leader’s jersey. This year the mountaintop finish of this 17km climb is much earlier in the race, making it highly unlikely that the big names will allow a break too much advantage. Nonetheless this stage will present the favourites to us, and the pressure will be on to seek an advantage.
Today we’ll ride from our hotel to Mount Diablo ahead of the race. After riding the climb ourselves we’ll retreat to a good spot for spectating and watch the pros fight it out to the line.
Stage 4: Monterey> Cambria
Today's Ride: Today’s ride: 100km on of the most famous and spectacular stretches of road in the US.
Today’s stage is classic California as the peloton travels down the iconic Highway 1 through Carmel and onto Big Sur. The general classification will have taken shape after yesterday’s stage and the rolling hills presented on today’s stage are likely to see any breaks contained by the stronger teams in favour of a sprint finish.
Today we’ll ride from our hotel early in order to get a head start along Highway 1, following the coast south. Once we’ve had our fill of classic California riding we’ll pull over and wait for the peloton to pass by on their way to the finish line in Cambria. With all the action over
Stage 5: Pismo Beach> Santa Barbara
Today's Ride: Today’s ride: 90km.
The peloton will transition today, heading inland on a long stage that is expected to end in a bunch sprint. While the pros are sweating it out, Phil will take you out on one of his favourite training loops around Santa Barbara hills. Rising early we will chase the mist up into the hills, the ascent cool until the sun breaks through the haze on the summit.
Locally referred to as the Mt Gibraltar loop, we will head inland from Santa Barbara and over the Casitas Pass. The views from this ridge are inspiring and the vista that will greet us is well worth the effort. We will press on a little further, passing Lake Cachuma, and stop for a coffee in the tourist village of Solvang. Lunch will be a casual affair in a tavern or at one of the many taco stands that line this old stage coach route as we meander along a very quite road to the Stage 5 finish in Santa Barbara where the lead out trains will dominate on the wide roads to the finish line.
Stage 6: Santa Clarita> Mountain High
Today's Ride: Today’s ride: 80km
Today we’ll check out of our hotel in Santa Barbara and chase the action to Pasadena on the fringe of Los Angeles where we will be well placed to take on the riding challenges of the San Gabrielle Mountains towards the stage finish at Mountain High before the pros. Americans seem to have a propensity for exaggerated adjectives, but in this case the mountain will live up to its name: a mountaintop finish at over 2000m will challenge the European pros as well as the domestic teams.
We’ll head off from Pasadena and once again stay ahead of the race in order that we can climb the same roads and get as high as we can before stopping to watch what is likely to be the most critical stage of this years Tour of California. We’ll take in the final action near to the summit where there are sure to be telling gaps in the General Classification standings at the end of the day.
Stage 7: Santa Clarita> Pasadena
Today's Ride: Today’s ride: 100km
Today we have a chance to sleep in and start late, much like the pros we are chasing. Phil has designed a ride that will take in the Mount Baldy loop that featured in Stage 7 of the 2012 Tour of Cal. Robert Gesink won that day and the Mt Baldy ascent was instrumental in Chris Horner winning the overall standing that year.
Few climbs hold as much mystique and defiance as Mt. Baldy on the American climb circuit. This iconic ascent has presented a stern test of cycling character for decades, earning regular recognition from the media and “queen stage” status at the Tour of California if it is listed. This climb gets steeper the higher you go, with an average grade of 7% increasing to 11.5% over the last kilometres. Refreshed after a late lunch and shower, we will head to the finish to get a closer look at the lead out trains as the sprinters head for the line.
Stage 8: Thousand Oaks circuit
Today's Ride: Today’s ride: 80km
The final stage of the Tour of California will be a circuit race around Thousand Oaks. Circuit racing has always been big in the American domestic racing scene so this is sure to be an exciting stage that will attract the crowds. Lesser known domestic riders are likely to throw everything at one last attempt to prevail on home soil.
On the penultimate stage of our tour we intend to ride Mulholland Drive to the Stage 8 Circuit at Thousand Oaks. Mulholland Drive is an undulating hilly road that follows the ridgeline beginning in Hollywood, skirting Beverly Hills between the San Fernando Valley and the Santa Monica Mountains. The desired address for many of the most famous start Mulholland Drive houses some of the most expensive real estate in the world.
The race today will be anything but relaxed and will be a highlight of spectating for the trip. We should be able to position ourselves close to the action where we can join the locals in supporting the home grown riders while tasting some of the local brews and produce to celebrate the final stage.
Our tour finishes this morning. After breakfast we will check out of our Pasadena hotel and you will have the choice to transfer to Los Angeles Airport for your onward travels.
Today is the end of services provided by Phil Anderson Cycling Travel representatives
- 7 nights accommodation in luxurious 4 star accommodation
- 6 opportunities to spectate the best moments of the 2014 Tour of California
- Daily breakfast and 2 dinners
- Transfer from San Francisco Airport to Walnut Creek
- Access to Australia’s Tour de France legend Phil Anderson
- Local Professional staff and mechanic support
- Luxury transportation
- Support Vehicles on all rides
- Rides designed by Phil and featuring Phil riding with you
- Sports nutrition
- Pick up from San Francisco Airport and Drop off at Los Angeles International Airport
- Road book of the tour including ride maps, gradient charts and more
- Phil Anderson Cycling ride pack including 2 Phil Anderson Cycling cycling jerseys
- $100 donation to the AGF
- Meals other than those specified
- Drinks other thank those specified
- Airfares- available upon request. Contact our friendly staff at Phil Anderson Cycling for details.