Stage 7 - Ontario to Mt. BaldyStage Presented By
Alaphilippe Seizes the Lead at The 2015 Amgen Tour Of California
Dispatching Race Veterans And Climbing To Solo Win Atop Mt. Baldy
May 16, 2015 - Stage 7
It's been called the "Queen Stage" and compared to the epic stages of the European Grand Tours – a return to the mountaintop finish that thrilled so many fans in 2011 and 2012. This is the training ground for many of the local riders in Southern California. Only handfuls have done the entire route, but after the 2012 stage, this is now one of hottest Strava segments in the U.S. It is very possible that the winner of the 2015 Amgen Tour of California will be decided on the final 15 switchbacks to the finish on Mt. Baldy.
The race will begin at the Citizens Business Bank Arena in Ontario, the largest indoor arena in California’s Inland Empire and home to several professional sports teams.
The route heads north to Rancho Cucamonga and then west to Upland. Just six miles from the start, the route rejoins the 2011/2012 routes. From here, the riders will start an 11-mile climb to the Village of Mt. Baldy. After an acute left, the racers will face another mile of climbing up Glendora Ridge Road to their first of three monster KOMs. From there, they will navigate 12 miles of narrow and twisting roads that gradually descend to a fast and technical descent down the backside of Glendora Mountain Road. Riders and fans alike can expect spectacular vistas throughout the Angeles National Forest. Another descent down East Fork will take the riders to Highway 39 and the town of Azusa. Heading east, they'll race through the outskirts of Glendora.
The locals know it as "GMR," and GMR takes no prisoners. A left turn onto Glendora Mountain Road will lead the peloton to a grueling 9-mile climb to the second KOM of the day followed by 12 miles of a slight climb back to Baldy Village. A left turn back onto Baldy Road will see the race gain 1,000 feet in just three miles… and the real climbing will not have even begun! At Ice House Canyon, the route makes a hard left turn where the sign to the ski area points toward the sky. Over the next 2.5 miles, the riders will face 10 switchbacks on a road so steep that many of the race vehicles cannot make it to the top. With 1.2 miles to go, the road will straighten and the finish will be in view. At 0.25 miles to go, the route makes a hard left, and the racers will face the final five switchbacks to the finish line. This will be the stage where legends are made and winners are decided.
After a two-year hiatus, the race returns to the mecca of climbing in SoCal: Mt Baldy. The preferred areas to watch the race are on the mountain and you have many options to consider. Two things to remember: The closer you get to the finish, the longer it will take you to get off mountain; you can't leave the mountain until the end of the caravan passes you. Here are your best choices:
* Intersection of Baldy Road and Glendora Ridge Road (see the racers twice)
* KOM #1 (see the racers twice)
* Intersection of Glendora Mountain Road and Glendora Ridge Road (see the racers twice)
* Anywhere on Glendora Mountain Road (fastest access off the course)
* Any of the switchbacks. Great view of the race. Get there early for the best spot.
* Manker Flats. Less than a mile from the finish
* Final switchbacks in the Parking Lot. This is a great spot but expect a long wait until you can leave and head down the mountain.
Ontario Race Day Starting Information
- Directions to Start: Click Here
- Race Starts: 11:45 AM
- Festival Opens: 10:15 AM
- Festival Closes: 12:15 PM
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Mt. Baldy Race Day Finish Information
- Directions to Finish: Click Here
- Estimated Finish: 3:18 PM
- Festival Opens: 11:00 AM
- Festival Closes: 4:30 PM
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Day: Saturday, May 16, 2015
Stage Start: Ontario at 11:45 AM
Stage Finish: Mt. Baldy at 3:25 PM*
Finish Line Festival: 11:00 AM – 4:30 PM
Miles: 80.0 mi
Kilometers: 128.7 km
Elevation Gain: 11,600 ft
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