A community proud of its vibrant citizenry, great traditions, educational opportunities, and multicultural lifestyles, Modesto is twice-blessed with mild weather year-round and some of the world's richest soil. Part of California's fertile Central Valley, which stretches 500 miles through the center of the state, Modesto offers the diversity and facilities of a metropolitan city, but still maintains an atmosphere of old-fashioned hospitality. Whenever you visit, you will have the opportunity to enjoy all of the "Water, Wealth, Contentment, Health" that Modesto has to offer!
"Modesto is honored and proud to host the 2008 Amgen Tour of California bicycle race as a stage start," said Modesto Mayor, Jim Ridenour. "This is truly an amazing event which exposes Californians to the healthy sport of cycling. Modesto is excited to welcome these professional cyclists and looks forward to providing visitors and spectators with a memorable time."
- Mayor Jim Ridenour