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Nevada City First Friday Art Walk begins May 1, 2015

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The First Friday Art Walk, a celebration of Nevada City’s diverse mix of galleries, retail shops, wine tasting rooms, restaurants, and creative community, kicks off May 1 at 5 p.m. Participating Downtown businesses will be open from 5 to 9 p.m. and many will host receptions with local artists, trunk shows, special one night only sales and performances. Maps will be available at any one of the participating locations, the Nevada City Chamber of Commerce, or the Artwalk booth on Commercial St.

This month’s theme of “Cycles” is a nod to Nevada City’s stop on the Amgen Tour as well as our own unique cycle culture. A raffle fundraiser is planned featuring Artist, Christie Stewart. Her found object assemblage sculpture “Le Tour” will be on display at J.J. Jackson’s April 28th to May 10. During that time, raffle tickets ($20 each or 3 for $50) will be available for purchase at JJ Jackson’s and the Parlour at Neva Co. and at the Artwalk booth on Commercial St. during First Friday Art Walk events. “It is a great way for the community to engage with the art and have a chance to own a sculpture worth over a thousand dollars,” says Artwalk board member Cathy Theobald.

The entire town will be alive with art, music, performance and creative engagements. Live music featuring Dangerous Curves on the Boardwalk Stage and String Sisters on York Street Stage, as well as a special season long Passport Stamp activity, will keep visitors of all ages happy and engaged.

“This year we are working hard to roll out new interactive initiatives to keep people moving throughout the town and excited to visit all the shops and artists on the map. I’m really excited for “Art in the Park” at Calanan Park (at the bottom of Broad St). I love that people can stroll through the park and visit 20 local crafters and artists selling their creations,” says Artwalk founder Cynthia Levesque.

Sponsorships from shops, businesses and nonprofits are adding to the excitement this year. Treats, KVMR, Three Forks Baking & Brewing Co., Miners Foundry Cultural Center, Inn Town Campground, AJA Video and The California Arts Council have all signed on as sponsors.

Artists are encouraged to submit work for consideration for future Artwalks via the website. Details about submissions, maps, a complete list of participating businesses and sponsorships opportunities can be found at ArtWalkNC.com.

(Source: Sheila Cameron)

TDS Throwdown Party at ol’ Republic Brewery

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Friday, April 24 from 6 to 11 p.m. ol’ Republic Brewery hosts a TDS Throwdown Party presented by Cannondale to kick off the 3rd annual TDS Enduro, a world-renowned invitation-only downhill mountain bike race held in Nevada County.

Bring the whole family, as well as your kids bikes (up to 16″ max) for a night of world-famous Enduro riders, kids activities, music and mayhem for free. Beer and food available for purchase.

Meet the 2015 Cannondale Enduro Team, view the 2015 Cannondale models, and enter for a chance to win a 2015 Cannondale 27.5 Jekyll. Kids bounce house, kids bike races in the parking lot, and DJ music.

Want to find the perfect mountain bike ride for you and your family? Click here.

Check out this cool video of the 2nd annual Dirty Sanchez Enduro at an undisclosed location in Nevada County:

(Source: ol’ Republic Brewery, Video: WTB)

‘No Motor Day’ at Scotts Flat Lake

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The quiet, natural beauty of Scotts Flat Reservoir will be showcased on Sunday, April 26, 2015 as the Nevada Irrigation District hosts its 8th Annual “No Motor Day.”

NID Recreation Manager Peggy Davidson said the district has organized the event in response to community requests and as part of an overall effort to operate in a green, environmentally friendly manner.

Non-motorized watercraft, including sailboats, canoes, kayaks and paddleboards, will be allowed entry to the Scotts Flat Recreation Area without charge for the day. Use of motorized boats will be suspended for the entire day.

Regular admission rates of $8.00 per vehicle (with up to four persons) will remain in effect.

A number of special activities will be offered without charge. Free kayak and paddleboard demos will be offered from 10-4 by Mountain Recreation of Grass Valley. The Gold Country Yacht Club will host an open house and offer free sailboat rides, also from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Hungry recreationists may purchase a barbecue lunch prepared as a fundraiser by local Boy Scout Troop No. 4. The luncheon is planned from 11:30 a.m to 4 p.m. in the marina area.

Scotts Flat is one of 10 reservoirs owned and operated by NID. The district offers wide-ranging public recreational opportunities at both Scotts Flat and Rollins reservoirs in the Sierra foothills. Camping and backcountry recreational opportunities are available at some of the district’s mountain reservoirs.

Scotts Flat is situated among the tall pines at the 3100-foot elevation nine miles east of Nevada City via Highway 20 and Scotts Flat Road. It offers 169 campsites at two large campgrounds, plus a group camp. Across the lake, accessible via Red Dog and Quaker Hill Roads from Nevada City, is the Cascade Shores Day Use Area.

(Source: Nevada Irrigation District)

Bike Nevada County 2015 – Elevating the Sport of Cycling

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Bike Nevada County is a grand 52-day celebration of pro, amateur and recreational road cycling and mountain biking in Northern California. Over 3,000 local, national and international competitors will participate in a range of events appropriate for various ages and skill levels – from fitness-oriented families to world champion racers.

Since 1960, Nevada County has drawn top cyclists to its mountain roads and 19th century towns, including European-sytle racers that have been won by three-time U.S. national champion Levi Leipheimer, and Alexi Grewal, the first man to win Olympic cycling gold for the USA. As a 19 year-old, Lance Armstrong raced here in 1991, taking 2nd place in the Nevada City Classic.

Currently, the County is experiences a mountain biking heyday, with the highest youth participation rate in the state of California. Moderate to extremely rigorous MTB trails and events abound. Some are featured as part of Bike Nevada County. Others are in undisclosed locations, including what one Team USA MTB racer described as “one of the best enduros in the U.S.” (see video below)

Don’t miss the historic, inaugural celebration – undoubtedly the first of many in years to come. Be there as Bike Nevada County elevates the sport of cycling by offering the utmost variety, inclusiveness, sportsmanship, safety, and natural beauty.

Bike Nevada County Calendar

Local Events

Friday, May 1st
Miners Dirt Series MTB Races
Race 1 of 3 (10-14 year-olds)
Lyman Gilmore School, Grass Valley
ybonc.org/events/miners-dirt-series and 2015 Nevada City Dirt Classic Series

Saturday, May 2nd
Nevada City Dirt Classic Series
Race 1 of 3
Tahoe National Forest, near Nevada City
ybonc.org/events/dirt-classic

Friday, May 8th
Miners Dirt Series MTB Races
Race 2 of 3 (10-14 year-olds)
Tahoe National Forest, near Nevada City
ybonc.org/events/miners-dirt-series

Saturday, May 9th
Nevada City Dirt Classic Series
Race 1 of 3
Tahoe National Forest, near Nevada City
ybonc.org/events/dirt-classic

Keeping Kids Safe Festival
GVFD Station #2, Grass Valley
more information

Monday, May 11th
Amgen Tour of California – Stage 2
Broad Street, Nevada City
More information here and here

May 11th-15th
National Bike to Work Week
bikeleague.org

Saturday, May 16th
The Union’s Community Bike Ride
theunion.com/communitybikeride

Friday, May 22nd
Miners Dirt Series MTB Races
Race 3 of 3 (10-14 year-olds)
Nevada Union High School, Grass Valley
ybonc.org/events/dirt-classic

Saturday, May 23rd
Big Brothers Big Sisters Endurance Ride
Starts in Pioneer Park, Nevada City
bigsofnc.wordpress.com

Saturday, May 30th
Nevada City Dirt Classic Series
Race 1 of 3
Tahoe National Forest, near Nevada City
ybonc.org/events/miners-dirt-series

Sunday, June 7th
Ride the Amgen Tour of California Route
Sierra Express Bicycle Club
sierraexpress.org

Saturday, June 13th
BONC Gala Ride
bonc.org

Saturday, June 20th
Folsom Historic Criterium
Race #1 of the Sierra Historic Omnium
folsomhistoriccriterium.com

Sunday, June 21st
55th Nevada City Classic
Race #2 of the Sierra Historic Omnium
Broad Street, Nevada City
More information here and here

Local Rides

Tour of Nevada City
Rides most days of the week (check calendar)
Meet in front of Tour of Nevada City
tourofnevadacity.com/calendar

Sierra Express Bicycle Club
Every Saturday at 9 a.m.
Meet in front of Paulette’s Country Kitchen
sierraexpress.org

There are endless biking trails that make Nevada County one of the most popular bicycling areas in the U.S. with trails criss-crossing the Yuba River and meandering through the Sierra Nevada foothills and peaks. For a list of bike trails in Nevada County, click here.

Nearly 30 racers descended upon an undisclosed location in Northern California to battle for the top spot at the 2nd annual Dirty Sanchez Enduro. The invitational race attracted some of America’s top enduro talent, including Team WTB/Cannondale, to what Mark Weir described as “one of the best enduros in the U.S.”

(Source: Nevada City Chamber of Commerce, Video: WTB)

Summer Fairs & Festivals in Nevada County

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Summer is the perfect time to visit Nevada County and enjoy one of the many fairs and festivals that are happening throughout the season. From California WorldFest to the Sierra Storytelling Festival to the annual Nevada County Fair, there is some type of fair, festival or gathering almost every weekend to delight all ages and interests. A few of the festivals are featured below.

Strawberry Music Festival
May 21-25, 2015 – Nevada County Fairgrounds
The Strawberry Music Festival presents the gold standard in main stage entertainment, intimate side stage performances, top notch children’s programming, and workshops and activities for all ages. Headlining this year’s festival is Bonnie Rait!

40th Annual Father’s Day Bluegrass Festival
June 18-21, 2015 – Nevada County Fairgrounds
The Father’s Day Bluegrass Festival presents four days of family fun – jamming, workshops, children’s programs, Luthier’s Pavilion, Kids on Bluegrass, and camping on site. It’s the best in Bluegrass and Old Time Music on stage under the pines.

Music in the Mountains SummerFest
June 24 – July 5 – Nevada County Fairgrounds
For its 34th season, Music in the Mountains presents SummerFest, bringing contemporary and classic music together in a two-week celebration of community, art and music. This year’s programming includes Randy Newman, Circque de la Symphonie, Mozart’s Requiuem, The Glory of Russian Ballet, Beethoven’s “Emperor” Concerto, and the always popular “Happy Birthday USA.”

California WorldFest
July 16-19, 2015 – Nevada County Fairgrounds
The Center for the Arts presents California WorldFest featuring eight stages of music from around the world. Visitors can also enjoy camping, workshops, international food, fine crafts and children’s programming. This year’s line-up includes diverse music such as King Sunny Ade and his African Beats, Lucinda Williams, Buffy Saint-Marie, Emisunshine, Birds of Chicago, and much more.

30th Annual Sierra Storytelling Festival
July 17-19, 2015 – North Columbia Schoolhouse Cultural Center
Set among the towering pines, sloping lawns and historic one-room schoolhouse on Columbia Hill, the Sierra Storytelling Festival is now in its 30th year. Known as “The Queen of Storytelling Festivals,” it brings a line-up of internationally recognized storytellers to the Schoolhouse stages.

Nevada County Fair
August 12-16, 2015 – Nevada County Fairgrounds
Enjoy five days of entertainment and fun for fair-goers of all ages at the Nevada County Fair. The Fair presents the perfect opportunity to enjoy live entertainment, delicious food, carnival rides, animals and exhibits – at the “most beautiful fairgrounds in California.” This is affordable fun for the whole family.

15th Annual Nevada City Film Festival
September 10-13, 2015 – Historic Downtown Nevada City
The Nevada City Film Festival brings award-winning shorts and feature films from around the world to the historic venues of Nevada City. A four-day celebration of art, music, and independent film-making, NCFF includes screenings, workshops, special performances, parties and a live comedy show.

(Source: Nevada County Tourism)

Opening Dedication Ceremony of the Searls Historical Library

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The Nevada County Historical Society invites the public to the opening of the Searls Historical Library in its new location on Saturday, May 9 at 2 p.m. Tour the facility, including its library, and enjoy cake and refreshments. The newly refurbished flag pole will be rededicated and the Scouts of Troop 855 will raise the national flag and the California Bear Flag. Please RSVP to Margaret Munson at Searls@NevadaCountyHistory.org.

The new location is at 161 Nevada City Highway, Nevada City, located at the intersection of Ridge Road, Gold Flat Road and Zion Street, next to Sierra Presbyterian Church.

(Source: Nevada County Historical Society)

Ananda Village’s annual tulip display

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While the Crystal Hermitage upper and lower gardens are now open daily, each spring Ananda Village opens to the public for viewing of their amazing 15,000 imported Dutch tulip display during their Springtime at Ananda event. The 2015 dates this year are April 4 – 5 and 18 – 19, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

View photos of some of the gardens at our photo gallery here. For directions to Ananda Village or to purchase tickets, visit CrystalHermitage.org.

Enjoy a video of the gardens here:

(Photos: Roseanne Burke; Video: Crystal Hermitage)

2015 Nevada City Dirt Classic Series announced

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The 2015 Nevada City Dirt Classic Series has announced the dates for this year’s Dirt Classic Series and Miners Dirt Series. The Nevada City Dirt Classic Series is on X-C ride for all ages held on three Saturdays, May 2, May 9 and May 30. The Miners Dirt Series is held on three Fridays, May 1, May8 and May 22, and is for kids 10 to 14 years old.

Registration is required for all rides and each will conclude with music, food and raffle prizes including a new bike. The bike raffle will be held on May 30 at the conclusion of Race 3. To learn more about the series and to register, visit YBONC.org.

Enjoy all of Nevada County bike trails year-round; see a listing of the trails here.

If you’re in town for Race 2 of the Nevada City Dirt Classic race on May 9, be sure to stay overnight and catch the start of Stage 2 of the 2015 Amgen Tour of California in Nevada City on Monday, May 11. Read more about the Amgen Tour here.

(Photos: Nevada City Dirt Classic, Amgen Tour of California; Video: Great Basin Bicycles of Reno)

Nevada City Chinese Lunar New Year Festival and Parade Sunday, March 8, 2015

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The Nevada City Chinese Lunar New Year Festival and Parade welcomes the Year of the Sheep 4713, on Sunday, March 8 in Nevada City, from 12 – 3 p.m. (Note: it’s the first day of Daylight Savings. Remember to set your clocks one hour ahead!) The Festival began three years ago when a group of like-minded individual came together to create “fond memories of their childhood.” The magnitude of the Festival has gradually grown in stature.

As part of its Cultural Enrichment Series, the Community Asian Theatre of the Sierra (CATS) is proud to present a festival that is unique and speaks to the Sierra’s roots. During the Gold Rush, the Chinese numbered over 3,300 here, a significant population. Today, it is 1.4%, or roughly 1,350, of the county-wide population of 98,000, according to the 2013 U.S. Census. The aim of the Festival, therefore, is to honor these early pioneers who helped build our local economy through gold mining and the building of the Central Pacific Railroad.

The Festival’s mini parade will begin at noon at the Chinese Monument on Commercial Street (the old Chinese Quarter). It will be led by ceremonial Lion Dancers from Eastern Ways Martial Arts of Sacramento. The entourage will make its way down Commercial Street and end at the Robinson Plaza and Union Street where the Lion Dancers will spearhead an afternoon of Asian culture and entertainment.

CATS is please to honor Cathy Whittlesey, Executive Director of the Nevada City Chamber of Commerce, as its Grand Marshal. CATS thanks her for her guidance in ensuring that the Festival would be a success. She will ride in a rickshaw pulled by Richard Yue of the Auburn Joss House.

Exhibitors will line Union Street, along with food for sale by the Old Five Mile House and desserts for sale by the Xiao Mao (Little CATS) Culture Club.

Gung Hay Fat Choy (Cantonese) or Gung Xi Fa Cai (Mandarin)!

Watch a video of the 2013 Chinese New Year Lion Dance in Nevada City here:

(Source: CATS; Poster & Photos: Melanie Sullivan, David Wong, Grass Valley Taiko; Video: Gold Country TV)

Route for 700-mile 2015 Amgen Tour of California, including Sierra Foothills

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The tenth anniversary edition route is set for the 2015 Amgen Tour of California, America’s largest and most prestigious professional cycling race. The milestone course will feature several rider and fan-favorite locales from past races, as well as five stages that highlight different regions of California for the very first time.

An all-star field featuring 144 of the world’s most talented and decorated cyclists will come together in California May 10-17 to compete on the eight-day route covering 724.1 miles of the state’s most stunning and recognizable roadways, highways and coastline drives. Every year, the Amgen Tour of California serves as a testament to athletic greatness of the participants, captivating audiences with thrilling sprints, climbs and overall race strategy, and the tenth edition of the Amgen Tour of California will raise the bar to its highest level yet.

Starting in front of California’s iconic State Capitol building, the first two stages are the flattest and should make for exciting moments with some of the world’s best sprinters facing-off during the race’s first weekend giving fans a “first taste” of the anticipated bunch sprints to the finish expected in several stages. As for uphill challenges, riders will be tested by more than 43,000 feet of climbing throughout their eight days on the course including much anticipated encounters with Mount Hamilton and Mt. Baldy, which will serve up climbs as challenging as any in North America.

The final decisive days of the race will be highlighted by the Individual Time Trial set in beautiful, high-altitude Big Bear Lake and the Queen Stage finish at the top of Mt. Baldy with its 1,900-foot elevation gain in the final 4.3 miles, over eight percent average gradient. On the final race day which begins at L.A. LIVE, the overall title will be up for grabs until the finish line at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena.

“We’ve reached a milestone this year with the tenth edition of the race, and we want everything to reflect that cache, from the best lineup of teams we’ve ever had to an unbelievably beautiful and exciting route,” said Kristin Bachochin Klein, executive director of the Amgen Tour of California and senior vice president of AEG Sports. “All of the pieces of the race have come together to set the stage for something truly legendary and memorable. I think it’s going to be a year for the record books.”

The 2015 Amgen Tour of California will have something spectacular to see every day (route and start times are subject to change):

Stage 1, Presented by Visit California
Sunday, May 10 – Sacramento
Start/Finish Location: State Capitol Building, L Street & 11th Street
Start Time: 11:00 a.m.
Stage Length: 127 miles

Fast and flat, with water and bridges galore… Stage 1 is destined to be a sprinter’s delight. Each year, the Amgen Tour of California endeavors to highlight areas of the Golden State that it has never been to before, and the new Stage 1 course definitely accomplishes this.

After an initial crossing of the Sacramento River via the iconic Tower Bridge, the race will pass quickly through West Sacramento to River Road. From here, the race will follow the winding Sacramento River through the small towns of Clarksburg, Courtland and Walnut Grove. The stage’s fourth bridge crossing will take the race back over the river into Isleton. A few miles later, the route again crosses the river into Rio Vista and the heart of the California Delta region.

The riders will then head north through Solano County into one of the most popular alumni race cities, Davis. Continuing north through Woodland, the route turns east and heads back to West Sacramento, across Tower Bridge and the Sacramento River for the fourth and final time. Heading straight toward the State Capitol building, the riders will enter onto the same finishing circuits that have delivered huge crowds and have showcased some of the most exciting sprint finishes in the history of the Amgen Tour of California. In 2014, the sprint between legendary fast men Mark Cavendish and John Degenkolb resulted in the closest margin of victory in race history – a mere three millimeters!

Stage 2, Presented by Breakaway from Cancer
Monday, May 11 – Nevada City to Lodi
Start Location: Broad Street & Pine Street
Finish Location: Hutchins Street & Walnut Street
Start Time: 11:00 a.m.
Stage Length: 120 miles

With just one climb and elevations of 2,500 feet in Nevada City, which is hosting its third race start, and a more gentle climb of 55 feet in Lodi, this will likely be another sprinter-friendly stage. After a short circuit on the historic Nevada City Classic course, the riders will head into Grass Valley where another warm reception will await. From Grass Valley, the peloton will head due south on two race favorites: Rattlesnake Road and Dog Bar Road.

The route passes just east of Auburn this year over the Auburn-Foresthill Bridge, the tallest bridge in California. From here, the riders can look over their shoulders to the American River some 730 feet below and the start of the Highway 49 climb. Once they reach the King of the Mountain (KOM), it is a fast downhill route into Lodi. On the way, the stage will cross several railroad crossings and past several vineyards that have established Lodi as the “Zinfandel Capital of the World.” Expect a shootout between some of the top sprinters in the world as the peloton reaches the finishing circuits downtown.

Stage 3 Tuesday, May 12 – San Jose
Start Location: Berryessa Community Center
Finish Location: Motorcycle County Park
Start Time: 11:15 a.m.
Stage Length: 105 miles

This will be the race’s tenth consecutive year in San Jose, the only host city to earn that distinction. The start returns to the Berryessa Community Center from which riders will head toward Livermore on a familiar route via Calaveras Road. This is a very narrow and twisty road that makes it easy for a breakaway group to escape out of sight of the peloton. Once the race reaches Livermore, the route turns onto Mines Road. Not only is this another road with scores of opportunities for a break to get clear of the main field, it is also a harbinger of things to come: Mount Hamilton. Yes, the race will head up the “backside” of the 4,216-foot behemoth.

Reaching the KOM, the cyclists will face a very steep and technical descent of Mount Hamilton. At the bottom awaits the fifth and final KOM via Quimby Road will truly separate the climbers from the rest of the peloton. Descending back into San Jose, the route will use San Felipe Road to reach Metcalf Road. Many will recall Metcalf Road as part of the 2013 Individual Time Trial. For 2015, the race will come to the same finish at the Motorcycle County Park, but from the other direction. The four miles of Metcalf Road are highlighted by short rolling climbs with a final 0.25-mile climb to the finish featuring gradients over 10 percent.

Stage 4 Wednesday, May 13 – Pismo Beach to Avila Beach
Start Location: Pismo Beach Pier
Finish Location: Front Street & San Antonia
Street Start Time: 11:30 a.m.
Stage Length: 107 miles

This will be another day for the sprinters to rule. With less than eight miles separating these two alumni cities, some riders may be hoping for a very short race day. But, tack on another 100 miles, and throw in some hidden gems of San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara Counties, and you have the makings of a route destined to become a fan favorite. Pismo Beach will host a reprise of the 2014 Stage 5 start on the pier. The route will then head south through the seaside town of Grover Beach and the rustic community of Guadeloupe. As the race continues down Highway 1 and through the town of Orcutt, many of the local cyclists will recognize roads that are used for races in the Santa Maria area. As the route turns onto idyllic Foxen Canyon Road, the peloton will be treated to lush vineyard and winery views. A left turn will put the race on Tepusquet Road, where many of the riders will see similarities to Morgan Territory Road used in 2013 near Livermore.

Along the 15 miles of Tepusquet, the riders will be treated to cool breezes, plenty of shade, tranquil farms and ranches. Perhaps it will take their minds off the long climb they are on. Reaching the descent of Tepusquet, the route turns left, and the racers will be able to smell the sea breeze all the way to the finish. A right turn onto Thompson Avenue, and many of the riders will realize they are on the same route into Avila Beach that they raced on in 2013. Arroyo Grande will again produce a great crowd at the final sprint of the day. Spectators will again line the narrow roads in Avila Beach awaiting another amazing finish. Will it be another solo rider like Jens Voigt, who rode clear to victory in 2013, or will they be treated to a field sprint?

Stage 5, Presented by Visit California
Thursday, May 14 – Santa Barbara to Santa Clarita
Start Location: Cabrillo Boulevard & Garden Street
Finish Location: Magic Mountain Parkway
Start Time: 11:45 a.m.
Stage Length: 98 miles

With warm breezes coming off the beach across from the start line, it will be just as difficult to leave Santa Barbara as it was in 2008 when the riders took the same route into Santa Clarita. Winding their way through picturesque Montecito and Carpinteria, the riders will be getting their legs ready for two short but steep KOMs as they approach Lake Casitas. A fast descent down Highway 150 will take them alongside the lake and into Ojai. Following another KOM up Dennison Grade, the race will return to the charming town of Santa Paula, the base of Balcom Canyon looms just a few miles away.

For many local riders, Balcom Canyon is just too steep and imposing a climb to even attempt. Walking up the top section is the only option for many. This is a unique climb where the riders can easily see the KOM from the start of the climb. Crowd estimates have been as high as 5,000 fans. Definitely a great place to watch the race come by… slowly.

Following a “white-knuckle” descent of Grimes Canyon, the route heads through the orange groves near the small town of Piru, and the race starts its 13-mile eastward push on Highway 126 toward Santa Clarita. A prevailing tailwind should help keep the race together and treat the crowd in Santa Clarita to another massive field sprint on perfect wide roads.

Stage 6, Presented by Lexus
Friday, May 15 – Big Bear Lake Individual Time Trial
Start Location: Village Drive & Bartlett Road
Finish Location: Pine Knot Marina
Start Time: 1:00 p.m.
Stage Length: 15 miles

At 6,752 feet and featuring one of the most beautiful lakes in all of California, the City of Big Bear Lake will host of the Individual Time Trial. The course begins in the heart of the Village in Big Bear Lake. The first three miles of the route wind through a residential area along the south shore of the lake. Taking the Stanfield Cutoff across the lake, the course turns left and continues on Highway 38 to the town of Fawnskin. As the route turns back to the City of Big Bear Lake, expect large crowds in Fawnskin to cheer the riders coming and going. The return back into Big Bear Lake will essentially follow the same route.

As the route makes a right onto Big Bear Blvd., with just 0.6 miles left, the riders will make a right onto Pine Knot Avenue for the final sprint to the finish line and onto a 1,000-foot jetty greeted by thousands of cheering fans. Cyclist are presented to a one-of-a-kind waterfront finish with spectacular panoramic views of Big Bear Lake. This is very flat and fast course that will favor time trial specialists. Don’t expect riders to score huge time gaps over their rivals to take a big lead going into Stage 7.

Stage 7, Presented by Lexus
Saturday, May 16 – Ontario to Mt. Baldy (Queen Stage)
Start/Finish Location: Mt. Baldy Ski Area
Start Time: 11:35 a.m.
Stage Length: 80 miles

It’s been called the “Queen Stage” and compared to the epic stages of the European Grand Tours – a return to the mountaintop finish that thrilled so many fans in 2011 and 2012. This is the training ground for many of the local riders in Southern California. Only handfuls have done the entire route, but after the 2012 stage, this is now one of hottest Strava segments in the U.S. It is very possible that the winner of the 2015 Amgen Tour of California will be decided on the final 15 switchbacks to the finish on Mt. Baldy.
The race will begin at the Citizens Business Bank Arena in Ontario, the largest indoor arena in California’s Inland Empire and home to several professional sports teams.

The route heads north to Rancho Cucamonga and then west to Upland. Just six miles from the start, the route rejoins the 2011/2012 routes. From here, the riders will start an 11-mile climb to the Village of Mt. Baldy. After an acute left, the racers will face another mile of climbing up Glendora Ridge Road to their first of three monster KOMs. From there, they will navigate 12 miles of narrow and twisting roads that gradually descend to a fast and technical descent down the backside of Glendora Mountain Road. Riders and fans alike can expect spectacular vistas throughout the Angeles National Forest. Another descent down East Fork will take the riders to Highway 39 and the town of Azusa. Heading east, they’ll race through the outskirts of Glendora.

The locals know it as “GMR,” and GMR takes no prisoners. A left turn onto Glendora Mountain Road will lead the peloton to a grueling nine-mile climb to the second KOM of the day followed by 12 miles of a slight climb back to Baldy Village. A left turn back onto Baldy Road will see the race gain 1,000 feet in just three miles… and the real climbing will not have even begun! At Ice House Canyon, the route makes a hard left turn where the sign to the ski area points toward the sky. Over the next 2.5 miles, the riders will face 10 switchbacks on a road so steep that many of the race vehicles cannot make it to the top. With 1.2 miles to go, the road will straighten and the finish will be in view. At 0.25 miles to go, the route makes a hard left, and the racers will face the final five switchbacks to the finish line. This will be the stage where legends are made and winners are decided.

Stage 8, Presented by Amgen
Sunday, May 17 – L.A. LIVE (Los Angeles) to the Rose Bowl (Pasadena)
Start Location: L.A. LIVE (Chick Hearn Court)
Finish Location: Pasadena Rose Bowl
Start Time: 9:15 a.m.
Stage Length: 60 miles

What better way to celebrate the uniqueness of Los Angeles than a Stage 8 route that highlights countless iconic images in downtown L.A. and a tour through the heart of several well-known neighborhoods? The day will begin in the heart of L.A.’s famous sports and entertainment district. The start line will span Chick Hearn Court and connect STAPLES Center (home of the Stanley Cup Champion LA Kings, Los Angeles Lakers and Clippers) and L.A. LIVE (home of the annual GRAMMY, Emmy and Espy Awards as well as race presenter AEG’s worldwide headquarters).

The early morning start will begin with a five-mile circuit that incorporates a portion of the 2010 Time Trial route. The circuit will highlight the Biltmore Hotel, Pershing Square, City Hall, Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels, the Los Angeles Music Center, STAPLES Center, and L.A. LIVE. Upon completing five laps and an hour of racing in downtown L.A., the race will head north to its ultimate conclusion in Pasadena at the Rose Bowl. The neighborhoods of Downtown L.A., Chinatown, Lincoln Heights, Cypress Park, Mount Washington, Montecito Heights, Highland Park and Eagle Rock will all get a chance to watch the peloton race over their streets.

Entering Pasadena on Colorado Blvd., the Colorado Street Bridge will reprise its 2014 role as a backdrop to the beautiful Arroyo Seco. As the peloton drops into Arroyo Seco Park and the familiar environs of the Rose Bowl, the riders will do nearly one complete 3.1-mile circuit of the Rose Bowl before reaching the finish line on West Drive. The lap counter will read seven laps to go, after which the winner of the 2015 Amgen Tour of California will take his place on the podium.

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About the Amgen Tour of California

The Amgen Tour of California is a Tour de France-style cycling road race created and presented by AEG that challenges the world’s top professional cycling teams to compete along a demanding course that traverses hundreds of miles of California’s iconic highways, byways and coastlines each spring. The teams chosen to participate have included Olympic medalists, Tour de France contenders and World Champions. Amgen Tour of California is listed on the international professional cycling calendar (2 HC, meaning “beyond category”), awarding important, world-ranking points to the top finishers. More information is available at www.amgentourofcalifornia.com.

This year, the men’s course will traverse more than 700 miles and wind through 13 host cities, including Sacramento, Nevada City, Lodi, San Jose, Pismo Beach, Avila Beach, Santa Barbara, Santa Clarita, Big Bear Lake, Ontario, Mt. Baldy, L.A. LIVE (Downtown Los Angeles) and Pasadena. The women’s three-day stage race will travel more than 150 miles through South Lake Tahoe and Sacramento, followed by a 15-mile Invitational Time Trial in Big Bear Lake.

(Source: Amgen Tour of California)