L’Etape du California to return in 2012

Route to tackle Mt. Baldy once again

The ascent of Mt. Baldy will be a real test for all 2,500 riders

Organisers of the Tour of California have announced the return of the amateur ride L’Etape du California, set to take place on Saturday, 28 April.


The event was held for the first time this year, following stage 7 of the Tour of California up the unrelenting climb of Mt. Baldy. While specific details of 2012’s ride won’t be announced until early next year, it will again replicate stage 7, this time starting in Ontario and taking in the climb to the summit of Mt. Baldy. Like this year’s event, it will be limited to 2,500 riders and should it follow a similar parcours, riders can expect to climb around 10,000ft across almost 100 miles.

“Last year’s L’Etape du California was received with so much enthusiasm, we knew we had to do it again in 2012,” said Kristin Bachochin, executive director of the Amgen Tour of California. “We have such passionate cycling fans in America, and here in California in particular, so it only makes sense to host this event in conjunction with our race. We were thrilled to see so many people tackle the Mt. Baldy climb this past May, and we look forward to an even more spectacular event next year.”


For further information, visit the event website.