This will be the race's third Time Trial contested on the outskirts of Silicon Valley. First-time race city Morgan Hill will host the start and finish of the "Race of Truth" where riders take off individually in a race against the clock. The 21.6-mile route will feature one moderate climb with the start and finish within a few feet of each other on Monterey Road. As always, wind could be a factor on the route. The course will head out of Morgan Hill on Dunne Avenue and then pick up Oak Glen Road around the north side of Chesbro Reservoir to McKean to Bailey to Santa Teresa Blvd. From there, riders will head due south onto Hale Avenue and finish on Monterey Road.
This is a valuable day where the leader board can see dramatic changes - every second counts. Riders with top times coming out of the day will still have to defend their positions over the next three stages, including the grueling Stage 6 and the HC climb up Kingsbury Grade.