Making its way down the Devil’s Slide, north of Half Moon Bay, the peloton will enjoy the most spectacular coastline in the world. The stage will then turn inward and start the assault up Bonny Doon Road, which, in previous editions of the race, has determined the winner of the stage. There will be two King of the Mountains (KOM) during Stage 2, the first being atop Bonny Doon Road and Empire Grade. Once on Empire Grade, the riders will turn left and continue upward until turning right onto Jamison Creek Road for a sure-to-be-hair-raising descent. From Jamison Creek it will be onto Highway 236 then Highway 9 for another attack up Bear Creek Road and the second KOM. Then it will be over to Summit Road and down Old San Jose Road.
The last several miles of the stage are downhill, followed by a short run down Soquel Drive to the finish on Cabrillo College Road. Stage 2 of the Amgen Tour of California will certainly be a long and difficult stage, but it won’t be a surprise to see a large pack of riders contest the finish in an exciting Sprint.