02.14.09 | Prologue
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The capital of the Golden State is a unique mélange of old and new with vestiges from the city’s Gold Rush era juxtaposing the thriving metropolitan center that offers more than 150 restaurants, nightclubs and other engaging amenities. Cyclists will enjoy pedaling the 32 scenic miles of the American River bike trail. With downtown Sacramento serving as the hub of Northern California, the region is home to over 200 wineries, gorgeous golf courses, more than 25 mind-stimulating museums, and professional sports teams including the NBA’s Sacramento Kings, the WNBA’s Sacramento Monarchs and the back-to-back Pacific Coast League champion Sacramento Rivercats. The city is within short driving distances from Lake Tahoe, Napa Valley and San Francisco.
"It speaks to Sacramento's success in holding world-class sporting events that we were selected to host the start of the 2009 Amgen Tour of California bicycle race. The prologue on Valentine's Day will bring tens of thousands of spectators to downtown Sacramento to watch these great athletes and soak in the atmosphere for a full day. We look forward to having the cycling world see Sacramento in a new light."
— Mayor Kevin Johnson
Race Opening Gala and Official Rider Introduction
The 2009 Race Opening Gala will be held on Thursday, February 12, 2009, at the Sacramento Memorial Auditorium. As the Official Overall Start City for the 2009 Amgen Tour of California, Sacramento will host this elegant evening featuring all the participating cyclist, many of whom have competed in the Tour de France.
CELEBRATE the largest sporting event in California. Take full advantage of this event and attend the exclusive pre-dinner VIP reception with the athletes offering photo and autograph opportunities. Space is limited. Reserve your table today!
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