Saturday, February 5, 2011

L'Etape du California

The Tour of California May 15 - 22 visits our proud mountain on Stage 7. Regular folks can sign up for a test run of the stage on May 7th.

L’√Čtape du California provides serious recreational cyclists the opportunity to ride a complete stage of the Amgen Tour of California – and the most challenging stage of the 2011 race at that. Riders will cover the same route as the professionals on Stage 7 of the Amgen Tour of California, from the City of Claremont to the Mt Baldy Ski Area. The route is breathtaking in its beauty and difficulty, covering some of the most famous and iconic sections of road in the San Gabriel Mountains: Glendora Mountain Road, Glendora Ridge Road, and the sharp “beyond category” switchbacks up to the Mt Baldy Ski Area. By the time riders return to their cars or homes in Claremont, they will have climbed close to 10,000 vertical feet and ridden close to 100 miles. While extremely challenging and requiring a high level of fitness and mental toughness, there will be ample support to help athletes see if they have what it takes to ride the route of the Amgen Tour of California.

2 comments:

Hillbasher said...

I was wondering if the evact route for stage 7 has been put out yet?
All I have heard is Claremont to Baldy ski lift parking lot via GMR/GRR.Keep hearing differant mileages and such. Just doing the math in my head, it would have to include more than just out to 39 and up the backside of GMR and up to the Village. I can't come up with 85 to 100 miles unless they come up the back and drop down the front and then go back out to and up 39 a second time. Has anyone heard anything other than rumor?

dcunningham said...

The route map is now available on the L'Etape site. It appears to be 75 miles.