The Amgen Tour of California, an eight-stage professional cycling race that covers more than 730 miles, will feature three stages that begin and end in the Southland, including one from Santa Clarita to the Mountain High ski resort in Wrightwood, race organizers announced Thursday.
The ninth annual event begins May 11 in Sacramento and ends May 18 in Thousand Oaks.
Riders from 16 domestic and international men's teams will compete in a race that will include 40,000 feet of climbs.
Mike Friedman, 31, a member of the Optum Pro Cycling team, is participating for the fifth time.
"It's hard every year," Friedman said after the course was revealed during a news conference at a Calabasas restaurant. "There's always a point in the race where you're breathing out your eyeballs and you're holding on for dear life -- but that's racing. That's part of the fun. That's what makes cycling spectacular."
In 2013, the race began in Escondido and ended in Santa Rosa. Tejay van Garderen of BMC Racing team won in 29 hours, 43 minutes.