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May 17, 2015 - Stage 8
What better way to celebrate the uniqueness of Los Angeles than a Stage 8 route that highlights countless iconic images in downtown L.A. and a tour through the heart of several L.A. neighborhoods? The day will begin in the heart of L.A.'s famous sports and entertainment district. The start line will span Chick Hearn Court and connect STAPLES Center (home of the Stanley Cup Champion LA Kings, Los Angeles Lakers and Clippers) and L.A. LIVE (home of the annual GRAMMY, Emmy and Espy Awards).
The early morning start will begin with a 5-mile circuit that incorporates a portion of the 2010 Time Trial route. The circuit will highlight the Biltmore Hotel, Pershing Square, City Hall, Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels, the Los Angeles Music Center, STAPLES Center, and L.A. LIVE. Upon completing five laps and an hour of racing in downtown L.A., the race will head north to its ultimate conclusion in Pasadena at the Rose Bowl. The neighborhoods of Downtown L.A., Chinatown, Lincoln Heights, Cypress Park, Mount Washington, Montecito Heights, Highland Park and Eagle Rock will all get a chance to watch the peloton race over their streets.
Entering Pasadena on Colorado Blvd., the Colorado Street Bridge will reprise its 2014 role as a backdrop to the beautiful Arroyo Seco. As the peloton drops into Arroyo Seco Park and the familiar environs of the Rose Bowl, the riders will do nearly one complete 3.1-mile circuit of the Rose Bowl before reaching the finish line on West Drive. The lap counter will read seven laps to go, after which the winner of the 2015 Amgen Tour of California will take his place on the podium.
This stage is all about the start and the finish. You must pick one because you cannot see both...they are just too close together and the racers will reach the finish before you can in a car. With five circuits downtown, you can see the racers come through the start line five times in just 45 minutes.
Most people will opt to be at the finish and see the riders come through the finish line a total of ten times over the course of one-hour. You also get to the experience the excitement of the final day of racing, the jersey presentations, and the introduction of the best team.
Day: Sunday, May 17, 2015
Time: 9:15 AM Start
Stage Start: L.A. LIVE
Stage Finish: Pasadena
Miles: 65.3 mi
Kilometers: 105.8 km
Elevation Gain: 2,000 ft
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