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City Web Site
From its founding in 1777 as California's first city, San Jose has been a leader, driven by its spirit of innovation. Today, San Jose stands as the largest city in Northern California and the Capital of Silicon Valley—the world's leading center of innovation. The city, the 10th largest in the U.S., is committed to remaining a top-ranked place to do business, to work and to live.
"San Jose has a long cycling history: the city's first bicycle club was formed in 1884; one of the first pedal bicycles was invented here and we have ten, established international bike manufactures in the area. We are very proud once again to host the second Amgen Tour of California. This world-class cycling race builds on our rich cycling history and on the momentum created by the successful inaugural Amgen Tour of California. It definitely helps to further the City of San Jose and the greater South Bay region as a global center of professional cycling sport. We look forward to a great race in February 2007!"
-Carl Guardino Co-Chair
Local Organizing Committee
Refuel & Relax
Brought to you by the California Travel & Tourism Commission and
Grab & GoFalafel Drive-In
A laid-back landmark for locals and college students since hippies were in vogue, this family-run drive-in still serves spicy hummus, vegetarian falafels, and baba-ghannouj.
2301 Stevens Creek Blvd., San Jose
408/294-7886 | Website
Relax & RechargeConsuelo Mexican Bistro The decor: an elegant Mexico City cafe, circa 1900. The menu: authentic traditional dishes, elegantly done, like mole poblano (chicken with a chocolate spice sauce) and chamorro de cordero (lamb shank wrapped in banana leaves).
377 Santana Row, #1125, San Jose
408/260-7082 | Website
10 Fast Facts
- Over 10 national bike manufactures in the Bay Area.
- Over 38,000 bike commuters in the South Bay.
- 1 in 8 cyclists commute to work.
- Over 10 bike clubs and advocacy groups in the South Bay alone, comprising thousands of members, all of them networked through web sites and email. East Bay, SF, Marin, Napa, Sonoma and Santa Cruz also have organized clubs and advocacy groups.
- 150 miles of on-street bikeways.
- 150 miles of off-street bike trails.
- San Jose has been home to six velodromes in its history, the first dating back to 1892 on South First Street. The Hellyer Park Velodrome is currently the only velodrome in Northern California, and is one of 19 in the United States.
- The first mechanically pedaled bicycle in North America was created in San Jose by a French man in the 1800s.
- San Jose's first bicycling club, the Garden City Wheelmen, was formed in 1884.
- Two U.S national champions came from San Jose: Otto Zielger in 1894 and Norman Hill in 1935.