Photo courtesy of Jean Von Trende Photography
Santa Rosa, the largest city in Sonoma Wine Country and the recent winner of the All America City Award, is a favorite crossroads for locals and visitors alike. Surrounded by 200 wineries, the majestic Russian River and a short drive to the spectacular Pacific Coastline, this small urban town has become one of the great cycling destinations. Santa Rosa has been heralded by Bicycle magazine as “one of the top ten cycling destinations in the world” right up there on the list with Tuscany. Levi Leipheimer, the 2007 Amgen Tour of California Champion, calls Santa Rosa home and trains here on the back roads. The Amgen Tour of California has showcased this beautiful town to thousands of cycling enthusiasts. We invite you to bring your bike, eat our farm to table cuisine, tour the wine country, and experience the Sonoma County lifestyle.
"In the history of my time in public office, I can look back on a handful of events that made Santa Rosa shine and that highlighted the City’s spirit. The Amgen Tour of California has been one of those peak moments for two years running - we are ready for a three-peat."
- Mayor Bob Blanchard
"As host to the Amgen Tour of California, Santa Rosa citizens experienced an outstanding sporting event which far exceeded all expectations. This event is a great celebration of both competitive bicycle racing and the magnificent terrain surrounding Santa Rosa, the heart of Sonoma Wine Country."
- City Manager Jeff Kolin
"As the President of the Chamber, I focus on activities and initiatives that make an economic difference and improve the quality of life in Santa Rosa. It is rare that we find an event that does both in such an uplifting and exciting way."
- Mike Hauser, President, Santa Rosa Chamber of Commerce