“The City of Sacramento is once again proud to welcome the Amgen Tour of California back to our great city for the 10th year. There is no better way to celebrate the glory of California’s most distinguished cycling event than with the men’s and women’s Overall Finish in our beautiful state capitol.”
– Sacramento Mayor Darrell Steinberg
What started as a frontier outpost, Sacramento is now a thriving metropolis of just under half a million residents. It was named “America’s Most Diverse City” in 2002 by Time magazine but the city’s tradition of diversity touches all corners of society. A regular stop on the Amgen Tour of California, Sacramento has shown fans and riders that its wide variety of history, architecture, food, neighborhoods, and museums make the Golden State’s capitol more than a drive-through destination. In many ways, Sacramento illustrates the state’s past and future.
Downtown Sacramento is a two mile walk through history. In only a few blocks, the diversity of this city’s architecture spans nearly every decade from its founding. On the eastern side, Sutter’s Fort greeted westward emigrants in the early 1800s and became the destination for Gold Rush seekers in the 1850s. To accommodate this population explosion, Old Town developed alongside the American River two miles to the west. In between, this past is linked by the California statehouse, standing tall among the biologically diverse Capitol Park. Meanwhile, the periphery is a mix of ethnic and residential heritage like Chinatown’s historic core to the Victorian Governor’s Mansion and Alkali Flat Historic District. Just outside Old Town, Tower Bridge represents the city’s Depression-era with an amazing Streamline Moderne vertical lift bridge that testifies to the city’s forward-thinking principles. More and more, Sacramento’s modern age high-rises seamlessly weave into this historic fabric.
With downtown’s government offices, political positioning, and financial commotion, Sacramento is a flurry of activity. Elsewhere, the city has reached the epitome of hip. In fact, Sacramento was even cited in 2017 as the fourth “most hipster” city in the U.S. by Infogroup. This is thanks to its thriving and dynamic neighborhoods where trends are set and friends are made. These neighborhoods, like Midtown, 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 … although you might feel like one in no time.
In keeping with such a receptive atmosphere, Sacramento County Board of Supervisors Chairman Don Nottoli stated “In May 2018, the Amgen Tour of California returns to the Sacramento region for the tenth time - and it’s the fifth consecutive year! Sacramento County is once again pleased and delighted to host the Overall Finish this coming spring, and on Saturday, May 19, we’ll extend a hearty welcome to the many competitors and thousands of visitors who will come to Sacramento for yet another exciting Amgen Tour of California event. Best wishes to all for a truly enjoyable and memorable time”.
Living like a local in Sacramento means enjoying the city’s extensive farm-to-fork tradition. Known as America’s Farm-to-Fork Capitol, Sacramento boasts a culinary environment that is focused on freshness based on the city’s ideal location in the midst of 1.5 million farming acres that are a chef’s dream. 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. Such farm to table principles form the backbone of healthy living and the basis for Breakaway from Heart DiseaseTM.
In numerous ways, the Golden State’s capitol and the Amgen Tour of California go hand in hand. The Amgen Tour of California Women’s Race empowered with SRAM has finished in Sacramento during each of its four years running with Italian Giorgia Bronzini winning the sprint to the finish in 2017. Similarly, the men’s race has finished here nine times, more than any other host city. The list of Sacramento winners is also an international who’s who that includes Cancellara, Boonen, Swift, and Heado. Marcel Kittel won here in 2017 on his way to winning five stages at the Tour de France. But the man to beat in Sacramento continues to be the Manx Missile, Mark Cavendish, who has won here four times - three in the past four years.