The Amgen Tour of California welcomes King City to the race family as a first-time host to kick off Stage 3. Featured prominently in Steinbeck's epic novel "East of Eden," King City is well positioned to be a pivotal part of this grueling stage. Many of the riders will be looking for an easy day of racing after the finish the day before on top of Gibraltar Road. They will have to look elsewhere.
For the second time in race history, the peloton will streak to a fast and technical finish on the racetrack at the Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, one of the most revered motor racing venues in the world. The stage will feature six KOMs over 123 miles and 8,300' of elevation gain. The final KOM will overlook the finish. After a descent down Laureles Grade to the perimeter to the racetrack, the racers will face a .6-mile, 16% climb to the track entrance, then two challenges on the track that will play a factor in the finish: the final climb of the day up to Turn 6 and "The Corkscrew." The Corkscrew is a one-of-a-kind turn in motorsports, featuring an 18% descent that drops 5 ½ stories in just 450 feet!