For the sixth time in its history, the Amgen Tour of California makes a triumphant finish in picturesque Pasadena while the Amgen Tour of California Women’s Race empowered with SRAM finishes there for the first time in Southern California. Internationally known for its Tournament of Roses Parade and Rose Bowl Game on New Year's Day, Pasadena is one of California’s top cultural locales. Its influences span all areas of society from movies to sports, education, art and architecture, to history, and of course culinary treasures. Pasadena is a place where California’s traditions come together in an intimate setting.
Nestled at the base of the San Gabriel Mountains, Pasadena started as a broad swath of orange grove orchards in the mid to late 1800s, holding the first Citrus Fair in the U.S. in 1880. Concurrently, easterners seeking respiratory relief latched onto Pasadena’s mild, dry Mediterranean climate. Soon, wealthy health-seekers and vacationers inundated the city. It promoted a lifestyle and traditions that spoke to this type of clientele. In 1890, a local social club sponsored a New Year’s parade featuring flower-laden horses and carriages. There were five-star hotels, a mountain-side railway and lodge, a playhouse, symphony, chorus, and art museum. By 1930, Pasadena became synonymous with Americana – home to the Craftsman style of architecture of Greene and Greene’s Gamble House, the monumental Rose Bowl Stadium, and a towering city hall that beamed with glamour.
The center of this flourishing society was and still is Old Pasadena. Here, Colorado Street is filled with shops to tickle your taste buds, peak your artistic nature, and break in your waking shoes. From small mom and pop shops to large specialty stores - along Colorado or in hidden corners - this is where Pasadena comes to life. It’s a quick walk to all of Pasadena’s attractions, from the labyrinths of the Norton Simon Museum to the movie-famed lamps of the Colorado Street Bridge and the lesser-known but colorful and evocative murals of St. Andrew’s Church. Pasadena is still a place where old California not only comes alive but thrives and drives into the future.
This incredible allure keeps bringing the Amgen Tour of California back to Pasadena. It will also be the first time that the women’s race will finish in Southern California and there is no better place to witness history in the making than on Pasadena’s immaculate and storied streets. For the men, the 2019 edition of the race will be the sixth time it visits the City of Roses. Yet the finish in Pasadena has seen both a mix of sprint finishes and successful breakaways. In 2014 and 2015, bunch sprints were won by the usual suspects Peter Sagan and Mark Cavendish. On three occasions, however, the breakaway has gotten the better of a charging peloton. George Hincapie led a five-rider break on a rainy February in 2008 and the following year, Italian Rinaldo Nocentini did it again. In 2017, American Evan Huffman won his second stage for American pro-continental team Rally Cycling. Pasadena’s finishing circuit means that the 2019 finish will keep spectators on their toes until the very end, making for a fun-filled and exhilarating day of racing one of California’s grand cities.