L’Etape du California

Title: L’Etape du California
Location: Ontario / Mount Baldy
Description: Stage 7 Tour of California amateur road ride
Date: 2012-4-28

It’s back!
If riding in the Rwanda Ride isn’t for you, how about a test of your mad road skilz against 2,500 of your new best friends?

How often do you get a chance to ride(err… race?) the same timed course the pros will be riding in the Tour of California?
Answer: Once, and this is it!

The organisers of the Tour of California have announced the return of the
amateur ride L’Etape du California. Yay!

Starting in Ontario and taking in the climb to the summit of Mt. Baldy will be a real test for all racers and riders. Like last year’s event, it will be limited to 2,500 riders and should it follow a similar parcours, riders can expect to climb around 10,000ft across almost 100 miles. Not for the faint of heart!

Best of luck to all the racers and riders!


Tour Of California Stage 7

Title:  TOC Stg7
Location: Ontario to Mt. Baldy
Date: 2012-5-19

Amgen Tour of California
Miles: 78.3 KM: 126.0
If the Stage 6 climb to Big Bear Lake created some separation between the contenders and the chasers, Stage 7 of the Amgen Tour of California will be the ultimate test of the rider’s resolve to capture the Amgen Leader Jersey. Did they leave it all on the roads to the Big Bear Climb, or did they hold back enough to survive one of the most difficult stages in the history of bicycle racing in the United States?

It’s been called the “Queen’s Stage” and compared to the epic stages of the European Grand Tours – a return to the mountain top finish that thrilled so many during Stage 7 of the 2011 race.  This is the training ground for many of the local racers in southern California, but only a handful have done the entire route, and none have done it after six days of racing more than 750 miles.

This will be the stage where legends are made and winners are decided.

The unknown spectator at KOM2

These guys are scary fast crossing KOM2, (must-get-faster-camera)!

KOM2 GMR 2011

Get yer cowbells ready!

Distraction on the course. Who's #1?