There is no better postcard for the Golden State than the Amgen Tour of California. From beaches to the mountains, and deserts to the redwood forests, it’s the kind of race that makes you want to go ride your bike in California. With that in mind, we’ve chosen three “Locals Only” routes inspired by the race, including one recommended by an ex-pro who lives near the start of Stage 3. If they have one thing in common, it’s that there’re little nuggets of goodness, demonstrating the kinds of rides you can unearth in this vast state once you start to explore.
The Amgen Tour of California runs from May 15-22, with the four-day Women’s race starting May 19th. Welcome to our backyard.