Tour of California Time Trial Route Released
2009 Amgen Tour of California champion Levi Leipheimer rides a time trial in Sacramento.
DOWNTOWN LOS ANGELES — The Amgen Tour of California released details for its final two stages today, including a 21-mile time trial centered on Downtown. While a route under earlier had gone from L.A. Live to the ocean, the final map creates a loop bookended by Exposition Park and the Civic Center.
Full information, including elevation profiles and distance charts, can be found on the Tour's stage information page.
Riders will two laps around a route that starts out south on Figueroa from 12th street, circling the Coliseum before returning north on the same street. Riders will cut over to Flower street on Pico and then make another cut over to Olive on 11th street. They will travel north on Olive to 1st, circling the Civic Center via Main, Temple and Grand. From there it's Olive back to 11th and a loop past L.A. Live before beginning lap two. The finish line will be located on Chick Hearn between L.A. Live and Staples Center.
The new route should make it easy for crowds to use public transportation to attend the May 22 stage. All of Los Angeles' rail lines converge on Downtown, and the route is easily accessible from the Blue Line's Pico station and the Red Line's Civic Center, Pershing Square and 7th / Metro stations.
Tour organizers expect a big turnout. "This stage could set an all-time attendance record for spectators," says the description on the Tour's website.
The 8-stage race runs from May 16 - 23, making its way from Sacramento and the Bay Area to Los Angeles. It is owned by AEG, the developer of the L.A. Live complex.