Route Information: May 19, 2016 - Stage 5 Start
The Stage 5 start of the 2016 Amgen Tour of California will take place in Lodi on Thursday, May 19.!
One of California's major winegrowing regions, Lodi is located 100 miles east of San Francisco near the San Joaquin/Sacramento River Delta, south of Sacramento and west of the Sierra Nevada mountain range. The self-proclaimed "Zinfandel Capital of the World," Lodi's culture is inextricably woven with grape-growing. For example, the city of Lodi's police department prominently features a grape cluster in its logo, and high school teams are named after grape varieties (Lodi Flames and Tokay Tigers).
Yes; it's true. Wine reigns in Lodi. But it is not our whole story. In fact, Lodi is a place where both wine aficionados and those simply seeking a different kind of escape are equally comfortable. For visitors of all ages, there are museums and galleries to explore, local wildlife to admire at Lodi Lake and the Cosumnes River Preserve, and the Mokelumne River to idly paddle down. You can also casually stroll through our charming historic shopping district, making stops at antique stores, designer clothing and jewelry boutiques, or artisan shops specializing in local olive oils and cheeses from around the world. For those over 21 years of age, wine tasting at one or more of Lodi's 65 boutique wineries is sure to delight every sense.
"Lodi is thrilled to serve as a host city to the 11th edition of the Amgen Tour of California – America's greatest race that highlights the best of what California has to offer," said Lodi City Manager Steve Schwabauer. "Lodi represents the spirit of the Amgen Tour of California with its small-town tradition and immense pride. We're gearing up for May 2016 to celebrate this phenomenal event and showcase one of California's most exciting wine country destinations."
Lodi is easily accessible from both Interstate 5 and California State Route 99 (commonly known as Highway 99) and is a mere 45 miles south of Sacramento International Airport (SMF) which offers more than 170 direct or convenient connecting flights from your closest airport.
Planning a visit to Lodi to experience the Amgen Tour of California? Our conference and visitors bureau is here to help. For information on lodging, restaurants and attractions or to request a free visitor guide, go to www.visitlodi.com.
Want to factor in a tasting of unique, handcrafted wines from one or more of Lodi's 65+ boutique winery tasting rooms? The Lodi Winegrape Commission can point you in the right direction. www.lodiwine.com
ABOUT LODI AS A PREMIUM WINE COUNTRY DESTINATION
With more than 100 varieties currently being cultivated, Lodi offers a diverse portfolio of wines. While long renowned for its high-quality Zinfandel production, including an estimated 2,000 acres of pre-Prohibition own-rooted vines, the area also produces award-winning Cabernet Sauvignon, Petite Sirah and Chardonnay. More recently, Lodi has begun gaining consumer traction for its other exciting varietals such as Albariño, Tempranillo, Kerner, Cinsault and Vermentino, among many others.
A major winegrape growing region since the 1850's, today Lodi boasts over 750 growers who collectively farm 100,000 acres of winegrapes. The region also serves as home to more than 80 boutique wineries (65 of which offer tasting rooms open to the public) specializing in small-lot, handmade wines that have garnered major awards at domestic and international wine competitions. In addition, Lodi is one of the leading wine regions when it comes to sustainable viticulture. In 2005, the Lodi Winegrape Commission created Lodi Rules™, California's first third-party-certified sustainable winegrowing program. Today, over 30,000 acres are certified green under the program.
ABOUT LODI AS A CYCLING COMMUNITY
The City of Lodi is filled with cycling enthusiasts who host and support a number of yearly sports and cycling events including but not limited to:
- Lodi Cyclefest Presented by Michael David Winery and Delta Velo Cycling. Annual event which takes place in downtown Lodi featuring a 5K run followed by amateur and professional men's and women's races as well as The Vintners Cup – a beach cruiser race exclusively for wine industry professionals. www.deltavelo.com/lodi_cyclefest
- The Lodi Mile A spectacular one-mile race featuring the world's top elite runners as well as local "every day" runners. www.lodimile.com
- The Sunrise Century Presented by the Lodi Sunrise Rotary Club. A 50K, 100K or 100-mile ride through Lodi Wine Country. www.lodisunrisecentury.com
- Giro de Vino Presented by Michael David Winery and Delta Velo Cycling. A 48-mile tour through Lodi Wine Country with stops at various wineries. www.deltavelo.com/giro_d_vino
- Annual Cyclocross races at LangeTwins Winery (since 2009) including the 2014 USA Cycling/NCNCA district Cyclocross championship.
In addition to yearly sports and cycling events, both Michael David Winery and LangeTwins Family Winery actively sponsor cycling teams as well as individual professional cyclists. Michael David Winery's Delta Velo Cycling team (www.deltavelo.com) competes yearly in nearly 100 events in California and across the country. LangeTwins Family Winery sponsors a total of three teams including a Cycling Team (www.langetwins.com/cycling-team), a Cyclocross Team (www.langetwins.com/cyclocross-team) with partner and local Cyclocross sensation Cody "The Kid" Kaiser, and an Active Team (www.langetwins.com/active-team) – a small group of runners and cyclists in Northern California who compete in 5K, 10K, Half Marathon and Marathon runs as well as GranFondos and other fun cycling challenges.
LODI CYCLING ROUTES
Lodi is a great place to bike. For avid cyclists and recreational riders alike, Lodi, California, is a top destination.
Why do cyclists love Lodi so much? Maybe it’s our year-round Mediterranean climate and flat, endless country roads lined with scenic vineyards, orchards, and tranquil pastures. Perhaps it’s the reward of arriving at dozens of wineries and tasting rooms nestled among vibrant vines for a well-deserved glass of Lodi wine. Or could it be the many cycling events Lodi hosts throughout the year?
Lodi is within easy cycling distance of the Cosumnes River Preserve (great birding area in the fall and spring), the Delta (small river towns along the Sacramento River), and Micke Grove Park (zoo, historical society, and manicured park grounds). Lodi cyclists have put together a number of routes that will help you to explore our region.
All of the bike routes can be printed from the Visit Lodi! website, downloaded into your Garmin, or accessed through the RideWithGPS app on your phone. Happy cycling!