Tour of California reveals route for 2019

The Tour of California is designed to cover varied terrain, with opportunities for sprinters, climbers and general classification riders to shine throughout the week. AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill

The 2019 Amgen Tour of California route is here. It will be the longest -- 777.6 miles for the men and 176.9 miles for the women -- and the most challenging route in the race's 14-year history.

From May 12-18, pro cyclists will pass through 13 host cities, battle through 14 sprints and ascend up more than 68,000 feet of elevation gain and 25 King of the Mountain climbs, the most in race history. More than half of the seven stages feature 120-plus-mile courses.

"The 2019 race course is incredibly demanding -- there's more climbing and more long road days than ever before. With the best of the best in cycling coming to California to contest it, we are in for another memorable race," said Kristin Klein, president of the Amgen Tour of California and executive vice president of AEG Sports.

To see the course map, click here.

Stage breakdown

Men's Stage 1

May 12


88.8 miles

Men's Stage 2

May 13

Rancho Cordova to South Lake Tahoe

120.5 miles

Men's Stage 3

May 14

Stockton to Morgan Hill

128.6 miles

Men's Stage 4

May 15

Raceway Laguna Seca to Morro Bay

137.8 miles

Men's Stage 5, Women's Stage 1

May 16

M: Pismo Beach to Ventura, 135.4 miles

W: Ventura, 59.6 miles / 95.9 km

Men's Stage 6, Women's Stage 2

May 17

Ontario to Mt. Baldy: Queen Stage

M: 78.9 miles

W: 45.9 miles

Men's Stage 7, Women's Stage 3

May 18

Santa Clarita to Pasadena

M: 87.6 miles

W: 71.4 miles