America’s largest cycling race, the Amgen Tour of California, announced the race will return to Folsom again in 2016. Folsom will host the Individual Time Trial & Women’s Team Time Trial on May 20, 2016.
Competing across nearly 800 miles of quintessential California terrain from May 15-22 2016, the course will lead World Champions, Olympic Medalists, top Tour de France competitors and other elite professional cyclists south to north for only the second time since the race began in 2006, with 12 cities to host starts and finishes along the way.
“We are thrilled that Folsom was selected to serve once again as a host city for the 2016 Amgen Tour of California,” said Folsom Mayor Andy Morin. “This signature event attracts top cyclists from around the world and brings national and international awareness to Folsom’s world-class cycling routes, iconic landmarks and striking scenery. The City of Folsom, our partners and avid cycling community look forward to welcoming the competitors and spectators to our area, where the local community passionately embraces and supports cycling.”
The Amgen Tour of California will be broadcast on NBC around the world during the entire tour, showcasing Folsom internationally.
“Visitors are always amazed with the variety and caliber of the cycling experiences available in Folsom,” said Joe Gagliardi, CEO/President of the Folsom Tourism Bureau. “Cycling spirit thrives here and we invite the Amgen fans to cycle Folsom!”
The 2016 Amgen Tour of California, presented by AEG, will kick off this spring in the heart of San Diego for the first time in its 11-year history and conclude in Sacramento, the first time the state capital will host the overall race finish. The tour will race through South Pasadena, Santa Clarita, Thousand Oaks, Santa Barbara County, Morro Bay, Monterey County, Lodi, South Lake Tahoe, Folsom, Santa Rosa and Sacramento.
In addition to the men’s event, top professional women cyclists from around the world will converge during the latter half of the race to compete in the Amgen Tour of California Women’s Race empowered with SRAM, the most expansive women’s event in race history. The race will be the first U.S. event on the first-ever UCI Women's WorldTour (WWT).
“Each edition of the Amgen Tour of California is more challenging and more beautiful than the last, and I’m excited to say that this year will be no exception," said Kristin Klein, president of the Amgen Tour of California and executive vice president of AEG Sports. “With one of the longer courses in race history packed with iconic and fan-favorite locations, the highest caliber of racing on U.S. soil and four days of women’s racing, the worldwide audience the Amgen Tour of California continues to attract has something special to look forward to with the 2016 edition.”
The Amgen Tour of California is regarded as the most internationally respected and esteemed stage race in the U.S. and one of the largest sporting events in the country.
“The Amgen Tour of California is an important race on the world cycling calendar because it attracts the best in the sport,” said long-time professional cyclist Jens Voigt, who will be returning as an Amgen Tour of California Ambassador for the second year. “It’s always a thrill to race (and cheer on the race) in such a beautiful place as California, and I’m proud to continue my role with the race. The outpouring of fans really makes it one of the best sporting experiences in the world.”
For more information on the 2015 Amgen Tour of California, visit AmgenTourofCalifornia.com.
About the Amgen Tour of California
The Amgen Tour of California is a Tour de France-style cycling road race created and presented by AEG that challenges the world's top professional cycling teams to compete along a demanding course that traverses hundreds of miles of California's iconic highways, byways and coastlines each spring. The teams chosen to participate have included Olympic medalists, Tour de France contenders and World Champions. Amgen Tour of California is listed on the international professional cycling calendar (2 HC, meaning "beyond category"), awarding important, world-ranking points to the top finishers.
Ideally located as a gateway into Northern California Gold Country, Folsom is located midway between Sacramento and Lake Tahoe. Leisurely and scenic cycling trails, adventurous water play on Folsom Lake, Lake Natoma and the American River, authentic historical sites , the Folsom Zoo and the Harris Center for the Performing Arts all contribute to Folsom’s appeal for visitors and residents.