It’s here! The biggest professional cycling race in America, the 2019 Amgen Tour of California, is coming to Ventura (again!). This year’s race, the longest and most challenging course in the Tour’s 14-year history, promises thrills from start (Sacramento; May 12) to finish (Pasadena; May 18).
Once again, one of our small beach towns will welcome the world in a big way. On May 16th, the colorful peloton will sweep into — and out of — Ventura. The epicenter of everything will be the Ventura Fairgrounds, where spectators can see the women’s stage start (12:10 pm) and finish (roughly 2:50 pm), and the finish of the fifth stage of the men’s race (which begins in Pismo Beach) at an estimated 3:41 pm. Please check Visit Ventura’s blog, for Ventura route specifics.
Where to Watch:
For those who prefer to see riders out on the road, after leaving the Ventura Fairgrounds at 12:10pm along Shoreline Drive, the women will (quickly) head into town via Figueroa Street, before making the steep climb up Palm Street and turning left on to Poli Street. From there, they’ll whisk along Cedar Street before intersecting Ventura Avenue and heading out of town.
Both the men and the women will come back into town via Ventura Avenue, before swinging up on to Cedar Street, and then (further up) into Grant Park behind Ventura City Hall, before descending, via Hemlock Street and San Jon Road, for a final sprint along Harbor Boulevard to the Ventura Fairgrounds.
Wanting to bike in between watching the Amgen athletes?
View below for some of Ventura County Coast’s best biking paths!
There is something for everyone at Hill Canyon in Camarillo’s Santa Rosa Valley. The trail system consists mainly of single track riding as well as some fire roads. There is uphill riding to get your exercise on, or if you prefer to take it easier, stay on the flat trails.
The Coastal Trail begins at Emma Wood State Beach in Ventura and takes you along the 101 and PCH with a beautiful coastal view. You will hit multiple parks along this bike path such as Seaside Wilderness Park, Farla County Park, and Rincon Beach Park. One of the more popular trails along this route is the Rincon Bike Trail.