Cyclists in Amgen Tour of California. Photo by Frank Schulenburg via Wikimedia Commons
Cyclists in Amgen Tour of California. Photo by Frank Schulenburg via Wikimedia Commons

Ever hear of the Tour of California?

While not many people have, it’s one of California’s biggest, toughest bike races, and it stretches across the state in different stages, forcing riders through some of the most grueling terrain anywhere.

And it’s coming to Los Angeles County Monday.

The lone stage of the Tour of California in the county will see cyclists racing 92.3 miles from South Pasadena to Santa Clarita.

This stage of the race will begin at 12:05 p.m. at 1017 Mission St., near Meridian Avenue. It is expected to conclude at 3:46 p.m. in front of the Santa Clarita Public Library, where a finish line festival will be held from 11 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

The stage is filled with long gradual climbs, including on Angeles Crest (2) Highway and Big Tujunga and Little Tujunga canyons in the Angeles National Forest.

Peter Sagan of Slovakia, the race’s defending champion, enters the stage with a four-second lead over American Michael Sheehan and Wouter Wippert of the Netherlands. Sagan won the eight-stage, 792-mile race’s initial stage Sunday, completing the 108-mile stage that began and ended in the Mission Bay area in four hours, 20 minutes, 41 seconds.

The cyclists will race 104.1 miles from Thousand Oaks to Santa Barbara on Tuesday. The race will conclude Sunday in Sacramento.

—Staff and wire reports

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