Where to Watch
There are four official viewing areas, each a little different. Cheer at the start at Ventura Pier or cheer by mariachis at San Buenaventura Mission. Witness kids and giant parachutes in a bike formation at Plaza Park or watch the thrill of a downhill turn with Cabrillo students at Sanjon Road.
Ventura is proud to be the host city for the Stage Two Start of the 13th annual Amgen Tour of California on May 14, 2018. The premier cycling race will take place May 13-19, 2018, during which the world’s best cyclists will compete for 600+ miles along roadways, highways, and coastlines making up the seven-stage race from Long Beach to Sacramento.
The annual professional men’s and women’s cycling races are the only U.S. races on the UCI WorldTour calendar and attract some of the most renowned cyclists and teams in the world.
Visit Ventura first set its sights on increased engagement with the Amgen Tour of California in 2016 when it organized a memorable community event to welcome and cheer on race participants as they passed through Ventura.
Visit Ventura only had 20 seconds to make an impact in 2016 and with the help of hundreds of students who lined up to spell the largest rendition of Ventura’s brandmark ever made, we made it count. To hear that Amgen Tour of California took notice of our small beach town and felt charmed by the way our community embraced the event is a compliment we celebrate and uphold as a challenge to plan something even more special for 2018.
Though the Amgen Tour of California has passed through Ventura in the past, May 14, 2018, will mark the first time the City of Ventura will host a Stage Start.
Stage Two is considered a highlight of the men’s race. This challenging stage with an uphill finish takes place on day two of the seven-day race.
“The Amgen Tour of California has always shone a spotlight on some of the state’s most picturesque and enjoyable destinations. We’re thrilled to bring one of the world’s most prestigious cycling races to Ventura for the first time – we remember the warm welcome from the community when the race passed through in 2016. We look forward to partnering with a city as progressive and cycling friendly as the City of Ventura and to creating a memorable experience for the teams and fans,” said Kristin Klein, president of the Amgen Tour of California and executive vice president of AEG Sports.
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