Route Information: May 11, 2014 - Overall Stage Start
The 2014 Amgen Tour of California will begin in Sacramento May 11, featuring 16 of the world’s elite cycling teams and 128 of international cycling’s most accomplished riders competing across more than 720 miles to the finish in Thousand Oaks May 18. This is the ninth annual edition of the race, and this year is presented locally by Sutter Health who is committed to partnering with patients, their family members, and the community to provide high-value, personalized care. That’s how We Plus You.
As the Overall Start City for the 2014 race, Sacramento will host the 2014 Amgen Tour of California Opening Gala on Friday, May 9, 2014 at the Sacramento Memorial Auditorium. The evening provides the opportunity for community members and cycling fans to share the excitement of welcoming all the participating professional cyclists (many of whom have competed in the Tour de France), race officials, celebrities and other VIPs at the traditional kick-off for the eight-day international event taking place exclusively in California. Tickets for the gala are on-sale now and can be purchased by visiting https://2014amgengala.eventbrite.com.
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
“Sacramento County is proud to welcome the Tour of California back to our capital region. We know that the riders and spectators will enjoy the views as their route takes them through some of the most beautiful areas of the County.”
-Supervisor Jimmie Yee, Chair, Sacramento County Board of Supervisors