Route Information: May 11, 2014 - Overall Stage Start
Sacramento is centrally located in Northern California, nestled in a fertile valley between San Francisco and Lake Tahoe. Named “The City of Trees” and “America’s Farm to Fork Capital” Sacramento is a beautiful and unique city just a short distance from the California Wine Country, Gold Country, California Redwoods, San Francisco, Lake Tahoe, Reno, and Yosemite. Sacramento is one of California’s most accessible major cities.
The city's history began in 1839 when Johann Agustus Sutter settled at the confluence of the American and Sacramento rivers. The discovery of gold near Sacramento in 1848 started California’s famous Gold Rush, bringing thousands of fortune seekers to the area almost overnight. The city has been on the move ever since and is now one of the fastest growing regions in the United States.
Sacramento has an abundance of year-round attractions, museums, and entertainment venues tucked into its culturally diverse cityscape. Enjoy local playhouses and the Broadway stage, museums and galleries, poetry readings and film festivals, ballet and opera. Cyclists can enjoy getting away from the metropolitan areas on the 33 mile long American River Bike Trail that connects Folsom to Old Sacramento. Sacramento also boasts a long list of outdoor activities with hundreds of miles of waterways, 2,000 acres of city parks, more than 50 golf courses, and two nearby lakes.
"The City of Sacramento could not be more proud to host Stage 1 of the Amgen Tour of California and 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