California’s oldest city founded in 1777, San Jose is the 10th largest city in the U.S. and stands as the Capitol of Silicon Valley – the world’s leading center of innovation. The city is committed to remaining a top-ranked place to work, live, learn and play. Historically San Jose has been vital to the sport of cycling ever since one of the world’s first pedal bicycles was engineered there; its first local bicycle club was formed back in 1884. 38,000 bike commuters utilize more than 150 miles of on-street bikeways, which led the city to garnering a National Bicycle Friendly Community Award from the League of American Bicyclists. Home to one of only 19 velodromes in the U.S., San Jose is an epicenter of cycling in the San Francisco Bay Area and thus part of the largest cycling community in North America.
"San Jose is honored to host for the Amgen Tour of California every year since its inception. This world-class cycling race builds on San Jose’s rich cycling history and on the terrific Amgen Tour of California stages produced by San Jose during the past three years. As a city that encourages cycling as an alternative form of transportation, the Tour raises awareness about the environmental and health benefits of cycling. We look forward to seeing you February 2009 in San Jose!"
— Mayor Chuck Reed