Route Information: May 16, 2017 - Men's Stage 3 Finish
Morro Bay is a small, working commercial fishing village where the waterfront downtown is a hub of activity attracting tourists from around the world. An ideal natural playground offering a unique mix of coastal landscapes including miles of beaches, an expansive bay and harbor, a national estuary and bird sanctuary, sand dunes, mud flats and volcanic mountains, Morro Bay offers outdoor enthusiasts a unique experience along the California Coast. From paddle sports, surfing, biking and hiking, to fishing, golf, whale and bird watching, Morro Bay is known for its ample outdoor recreation and abundant wildlife. Barbara Beckley noted in the LA Times Travel section that “sea otter sightings are practically guaranteed on walks around the harbor,” and in June 2016 Thrillist.com named Morro Bay one of the Top 25 Best Beach Cities in America.
Take a stroll along the Embarcadero and enjoy homemade salt water taffy, or the smell of fresh baked cinnamon rolls. Discover fresh fish markets offering local, sustainably caught fish and chips, oysters and steamed crab. Restaurants, wine bars and wineries, boutique shops and galleries, not to mention abundant lodging options abound. Sitting majestic between the beach and the harbor is the city's most recognizable landmark - Morro Rock. This amazing icon stands 576-feet tall and welcomes travelers as they approach the city from miles away, and is truly unforgettable.
Named a Bicycle Friendly Community by the League of American Bicyclists, Morro Bay offers year round cycling, mountain biking and beach cruising. The City of Morro Bay has developed bike paths throughout the city and offers miles of paved scenic coastal roads that wind north around Estero Bay and south through Morro Bay State Park and estuary, and out to Montana de Oro State Park. Morro Bay makes it easy for cyclers to get around town offering a detailed Bike Route Map that highlights the towns many bicycle friendly trails.
"We are thrilled to host America’s biggest cycling race in one of America's best beach towns," stated Jennifer Little, Morro Bay Tourism Manager. "Hosting a finish this year will allow the riders and cycling enthusiasts to get a glimpse of all the unique coastal beauty featured in Morro Bay and throughout our region. We welcome Amgen and the spotlight it puts on the abundance of outdoor adventure in our part of the world and look forward to hosting the riders, sponsors, fans and media."
A true gem, Morro Bay is a seaside fishing village with bustling waterfront offering a picture perfect getaway for travelers seeking food, wine and outdoor coastal adventures in a distinctive setting. Recently recognized in Pixar’s Finding Dory as Dory’s long lost home, Morro Bay is located along Highway 1 in San Luis Obispo County just south of Big Sur, midway between Los Angeles and San Francisco. In Morro Bay, outdoor activities are a way of life including ocean-side golf, kayaking, sailing, hiking, fishing, surfing, biking, and bird watching. Morro Bay also is known for its kite flying, shopping, dining, wine bars, local craft brews and miles of unspoiled beaches, harbor and estuaries. This affordable destination is located just minutes from world-renowned Hearst Castle, historic missions and Paso Robles Wine County, offering a myriad of year-round events including food and wine events, maritime and cultural festivals, art fairs and car shows unique to the town.
For more information on Morro Bay, visit morrobay.org website.