The field in the 2017 Amgen Tour of California will race through Azusa and Glendora today, part of a 77.9-mile stage from Ontario to Mt. Baldy with an 11,000-foot gain in elevation.
The stage will begin at noon at the Ontario Convention Center, head north into Upland, then start an 11-mile climb to Mount Baldy.
The cyclists will then turn left and face another mile of climbing up Glendora Ridge Road, before racing on 12 miles of narrow and twisting roads that gradually lead to a fast descent down the backside of Glendora Mountain Road in the Angeles National Forest.
Another descent on East Fork Road will take the riders to Highway 39 and
Azusa. They will then ride east on West Sierra Madre Avenue, go north on
Glendora Mountain Road on a nine-mile climb which will be followed by 12 miles
of a slight climb back to Mount Baldy.
The cyclists will turn left on Baldy Road for a two-mile stretch that
includes a 1,000-foot increase in elevation. At Ice House Canyon, the route
will make a hard left turn for a 2.5-mile stretch so steep many of the race
vehicles cannot make it to the top.
The road will straighten with 1.2 miles left in the stage. The route
will take a hard left a quarter-mile from the finish line, with cyclists facing
five hairpin curves before completing the stage.
Rafal Majka of Poland enters the stage with a two-second lead over
George Bennett of New Zealand. The margin was unchanged in Wednesday’s 99.1-
mile stage from Santa Barbara to Santa Clarita. American Ian Boswell is third,
14 seconds off the lead.
The seven-stage 583-mile race, which began Sunday in Sacramento, ends
Saturday in Pasadena.