At thirteen miles and 4,500 vertical feet of climbing, Mt. Baldy is perhaps the one California climb that sends shivers up the spine of the peloton. It averages a 7% gradient, but its latter ten switchbacks top out at over 22%, always revealing the race’s best climber. The Amgen Tour of California has finished here on four occasions, with Americans Levi Leipheimer and Andrew Talansky winning in 2011 and 2017, respectively. In between, it was Alaphilippe and Gesink taking the honors. While the men’s peloton is familiar with Mt. Baldy, it is a first for the Amgen Tour of California Women’s Race empowered with SRAM. In keeping with the race’s longstanding effort to create parity for the women’s peloton, Mt. Baldy will constitute one of the rare mountaintop finishes for the UCI Women’s World Tour. With two summit finishes on the day, this Stage promises to be an exhilarating one for fans and riders.
Rising from the foothills of the San Bernardino Valley, Mount Baldy (officially Mount San Antonio) is the tallest peak in the beautiful San Gabriel Mountains. While the Amgen Tour of California stage finishes at the parking lot, the journey for those wanting to hit the slopes or peer down on the City of Angels is just beginning. At an elevation of almost 6,500 feet, the Mt. Baldy ski lift is a historic double chair lift relic that originated in 1952, rising one mile and 1,300 feet to a different world. At the top, it disembarks at the Top of the Notch, perching on the precipice serving up breakfast, lunch, dinner, and breathtaking sunsets.
The Mt. Baldy Resort is distinguished as the closest ski area to Los Angeles. It offers an astounding 400 acres of skiable acres and twenty-six trails. While Mt. Baldy is well-known for its winter activities, it is also an often-overlooked summer playground. The lift remains open for scenic rides and the Notch is a popular place to base an exploration into the Angeles National Forest, whether hiking, zip-lining, or camping. To be sure, Mt. Baldy has something for everyone, including fantastic cycling and what is sure to be a decisive stage finish in 2019.