Route Information: May 12, 2014 - Time Trial
Folsom is Distinctive By Nature, blessed with natural amenities that provide a year-round playground for recreational enthusiasts on land and water. Folsom Lake, Lake Natoma, and the American River host kayakers, swimmers and other water sports enthusiasts from around the region. Residents cherish the city's network of 35 miles of paved trails, showcasing some of the city's beautiful assets as they meander through open space, woodlands, wildlife habitats, and along creeks and streams. Folsom is a cyclist's dream come true, with everything from short local rides to options that lead to the Gold Country foothills, and a nationally-renowned mountain biking trail. For most residents, the path to fitness and recreation begins just steps from home; nearly every home in the city is within a half-mile radius of a park. The city's 46 parks teem with a nearly limitless range of activity, from cricket to lacrosse, tennis to T-ball, soccer, football, and more. The Folsom Zoo Sanctuary - ranked a Regional Treasure - provides care for rescued domestic, wild and exotic animals and serves as both a tourist attraction and humane education center.
The city presents a fascinating blend of the past and future. Folsom's recently revitalized Historic District offers great shopping, dining, and energetic nightlife, set amidst historic architecture and wonderful scenery. Shopping and dining opportunities abound throughout the city, and major and emerging corporations call Folsom home. Those seeking adventure beyond the city limits find easy access for day trips to Sacramento, Lake Tahoe, and hundreds of Sierra foothill wineries. Folsom's residents take great pride in the safety and sense of community that the city provides, and the 70,000 culturally diverse residents range from young families to active retirees. The highly-rated Folsom Cordova Unified School District operates 15 schools in the city, including Folsom High School, awarded a silver "Best High School" ranking by U.S. News & World Report. Folsom Lake Community College - one of the fastest growing in the country - now features the Harris Center, a regional arts center hosting world-class arts and entertainment.
Folsom's name is recognizable throughout the world in part due to the prison that Johnny Cash made famous - Folsom State Prison. In honor of The Man in Black, the City is working on a new addition to the trail system, aptly named, "The Johnny Cash Trail," highlighting the legacy of the musician and the unique architecture of the prison.
"The City of Folsom is honored to host the Time Trial of the 2014 Amgen Tour of California. Folsom is well known as a tremendous cycling community with more than 35 miles of scenic off-street trails along two lakes and the American River, across four award-winning bridges and through our revitalized Historic District. This extensive network also provides the gateway to world class cycling in the Sierra foothills. We look forward to providing an unmatched welcome to the world's best cyclists, as well as cycling fans from near and far."
- Mayor Kerri Howell