Stage 4 - Morro Bay to Monterey County at Mazda Raceway Laguna SecaStage Presented By
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May 18, 2016 - Stage 4
Stage 4 will feature several race "firsts" including the inaugural journey north up Pacific Coast Highway from new waterfront host city Morro Bay, which will showcase its natural beauty to the world.
Riders will roll out from the iconic Morro Rock and head north along California's most famous coastline, passing windswept beaches and a dynamic estuary. For the next 100 miles, there are no turns as riders head north through coastal Cambria, over Big Sur's famous Bixby Bridge and through Carmel-By-The-Sea en route to Monterey County.
The road to the marine-life oriented region of Monterey will be long with possible headwinds but also boundless beauty. Monterey was originally a fishing village, and today is one of the most visited areas in California and home to the world-famous Pebble Beach and Monterey Bay Aquarium.
With several short, steep climbs in the final five miles, this course could favor riders with quick bursts of power like last year's race champion Peter Sagan (SVK). After 133 miles, expect a select group at the front to take a lap on the first racecourse finish in race history - the famously technical Mazda Laguna Seca Raceway, a venue known worldwide for motorsports competitions.
Day: Wednesday, May 18, 2016
Stage Start: Morro Bay at 10:10 AM
Stage Finish: Monterey County at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca at 3:43 PM*
Miles: 133.6 mi
Kilometers: 215 km
Elevation Gain: 8,100 ft
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