AMGEN Tour of California

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Amgen Tour of California Returns to Folsom in 2018

America’s largest cycling race, the Amgen Tour of California, will bring the excitement of professional cycling to California for the 13th consecutive year May 13–19, 2018. Throughout seven stages over seven days, the world’s best cyclists will compete on a 600-mile course through roadways, highways and coastlines from Long Beach to Sacramento. Folsom will host the men’s sixth stage start Friday, May 18. This signature event brings national and international awareness to Folsom’s world-class cycling routes, iconic landmarks and striking scenery. Learn more at


Stage 6 - Folsom to South Lake Tahoe - Friday, May 18

123 miles with 16,000 feet of climbing

The City of Folsom hosted the Tour of California Time Trials in 2014 and 2016. This year, the daunting Stage 6 of the men's race will start on the City's beautiful new Johnny Cash Trail. The recreational trail opened in fall 2017 and honors the legacy of Cash's music and his ties to the community. At the start gun, the Tour of California riders will funnel down the trail to cross the stunning wood arched Robbers' Ravine Bridge. The trail winds through prairie and oak woodlands and takes riders through a tunnel under the entrance to Folsom State Prison, where Johnny Cash famously performed two live shows in 1968. The single, "Folsom Prison Blues," from the live album recorded at those shows earned Cash a spot on the Billboard Top 100 and a Grammy later that year.


The Rubber Meets the Road

Near the end of the Johnny Cash Trail, which is anchored by the iconic Johnny Cash Bridge, the Amgen Tour of California riders will transition to the roadway and the peloton will dramatically ramp up the speed as they reach Green Valley Road. The race is on as riders begin the 123-mile Stage 6 route, with 16,000 feet of climbing. The elevation in Folsom is a mere 275 feet; racers will top 8,600 feet at the crest of Carson Pass, and finish at 6,600 feet in South Lake Tahoe.


Amgen Tour of California Men's Race Stage 6 Map


Amgen Tour of California Men's Race Map of Elevations

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Amgen Tour of California Infographic
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