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May 17, 2016 - Stage 3
Stage 3 has been 11 years in the making and is the day every general classification rider will have circled on their calendar. The challenging Queen Stage will begin in Thousand Oaks, home to biotechnology company Amgen, the race's title sponsor since its inception. This area is a popular training ground for professional and weekend cyclists alike. Riders will leave Thousand Oaks and quickly descend to the cool breeze of the Pacific Coast Highway.
After traversing the flat strawberry fields of Oxnard and Ventura, the peloton will roll through the undulating terrain of Lake Casitas, Carpinteria and Montecito.
With approximately 6 miles to go, the profile will turn upward on Gibraltar Road, a beautiful twisting mountain road with an 8% average grade. Fans and teams have long requested a finish here, and road conditions have finally made it possible this year. With each turn toward what is sure to be an epic finish, the peloton will experience magnificent views of Santa Barbara and the beach below.
Fans have the opportunity to ride this course at the sixth annual L'Etape California on April 24, three weeks before the race. Once again, Amgen Tour of California Ambassador Jens Voigt will lead the ride along with new ambassador and four-time National Champion Freddie Rodriguez. Registration is open now at amgentourofcalifornia.com/letapecalifornia-register.
Day: Tuesday, May 17, 2016
Stage Start: Thousand Oaks at 11:10 AM
Stage Finish: Santa Barbara County (Gibraltar Road) at 3:48 PM*
Miles: 104.1 mi
Kilometers: 167.5 km
Elevation Gain: 8,700 ft
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