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 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.
"The City of Sacramento could not be more proud to host the Amgen Tour of California prologue and Stage 1 to kick off race festivities for such a distinguished group of athletes," said Kevin Johnson, mayor of Sacramento. "There is no better way to start the race's route through California’s iconic landmarks, attractions and scenery than in the state’s capital city."
— Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson