The 2019 Amgen Tour of California starts where it left off in 2018. Like it has on four other occasions, California’s Capital will host the overall start of the race before proceeding on a north-south trajectory. For the sprinters, a Sacramento stage means one thing – a fast technical finish and an opportunity for a win. If Fernando Gaviria has anything to say about it, this will be another stage win for the dominating Colombians, who made quite the impression in 2018. Besides Gaviria, the list of Sacramento winners is an international list of cycling royalty that includes names like Cancellara, Boonen, Kittel, and Cavendish.
Both the Amgen Tour of California and the Golden State’s Capital have become internationally known, now going hand in hand. While Sacramento started as a frontier outpost accommodating a diverse group of national and international entrepreneurs and opportunists, it since has grown into a thriving metropolis of just under half a million residents. But some things never change. In fact, Time magazine named Sacramento “America’s Most Diverse City” in 2002. Truth be told, its tradition of diversity touches all corners of society, from its assorted historical background to neighborhood and iconic architecture, world-renowned food, walkable community neighborhoods, and world-class museums. Altogether, these aspects make Sacramento much more than a drive-through destination.
Downtown Sacramento is a two-mile walk through history. In just a few blocks, the diversity of this city’s architecture spans nearly every decade from its founding to the present. Sutter’s Fort originated as the city’s center, greeting westward emigrants and gold seekers in the 1800s. Sacramento’s Old Town developed alongside the American River to accommodate this population explosion and remains a popular place for newcomers today. The California statehouse links these important landmarks while the periphery is a mix of ethnic and residential heritage from Chinatown’s historic core to the Victorian Governor’s Mansion. Topping such city highlights is the Streamline Moderne and iconic Tower Bridge, a Depression-era vertical lift structure that testifies to the city’s forward-thinking principles. In between are Sacramento’s increasingly modern high-rises that work to weave seamlessly into this historic fabric.
Between downtown government offices and financial towers, visitors to Sacramento quickly notice a city full of commotion. Elsewhere, the city has achieved the epitome of hip. In fact, Infogroup cited Sacramento as the fourth “most hipster” city in the U.S. This is thanks to its thriving and dynamic neighborhoods where trends are set and friends are made. Neighborhoods like Southside Park, Tahoe Park, Land Park, and Natomas are excellent options for eating, sipping coffee, or walking the tree shaded streets in search of the next big find. But these neighborhoods are not just for locals and one need not venture far from downtown to experience this side of the city. Southside Park abuts the busy streets of the central commercial district but is still full of Victorians and cozy eateries like South. You will feel like a local in no time.
Living like a local in Sacramento means enjoying the city’s extensive farm-to-fork tradition. In fact, Sacramento is known as America’s Farm-to-Fork capital. It has become a culinary setting surrounded by 1.5 million acres of pristine farmland. For those who can’t get enough, the region offers countless farmer’s markets, breweries and wineries, and food and farm tours within easy reach of the city itself. Each September is the Farm-to-Fork Festival on the Capitol Mall, an event designed to introduce foodies to the farmers and culinary experts who make this region such a delectable treat. All these invite you to see why Sacramento puts into practice the principles that form the backbone of healthy living and the core of Amgen’s Breakaway from Heart Disease.