Route Information: May 10, 2015 - Overall Stage Start / Women's Race Stage 3
The 2015 Amgen Tour of California will begin in Sacramento on Sunday, May 10! This is the tenth 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.
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 with Sacramento International Airport (SMF) 15 minutes from downtown and offering 170 direct or convenient connecting flights.
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 our local playhouses and the Broadway stage, museums and galleries, poetry readings and film festivals, ballet and opera. Recreation tops the list for 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