Organisers of the Tour of California, AEG, announced Tuesday that it will be putting its WorldTour men's and women's stage races on a hiatus for the 2020 season, which will leave the US without a top-tier event.
The Tour of California held its inaugural edition of the men’s stage race in 2006 and the first edition of a women’s one-day event in 2008. That year, the Amaury Sport Organisation [ASO] and Anschutz Entertainment Group [AEG], owners, respectively, of the Tour de France and the Tour of California, formed a multi-dimensional marketing partnership to grow and develop each other's events, a partnership that remained in place.
The men’s race has always been a prominent week-long event attracting many of the best riders in the world to compete in February before the race moved to a warmer May slot on the calendar. The women’s race started as a one-day criterium before adding a separate invitational time trial, and became a multi-day race in 2016.
Both events joined the WorldTour ranks in 2016.
The Tour of California has often showcased the state's postcard-worthy coastal and mountain scenery. Everything from the iconic stretches of the Pacific Coast Highway to high mountain finishes at Mt Baldy, Lake Tahoe and Big Bear.
The race has also crossed famous landmarks such as the Golden Gate Bridge and Bixby Bridge, time trialled through the quaint town of Solvang, and sprinted into places like Leguna Seca, the Rose Bowl Stadium and at the State Capitol in Sacramento.
Click through the gallery of images above that highlight key moments from the Tour of California men's race held between 2006 and 2019, and the Tour of California Women's Race held from 2008 to 2019.