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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 www.amgentourofcalifornia.com 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 www.amgentourofcalifornia.com.
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.
View the route map below with suggested viewing points.
Join us for the lifestyle festival and start ceremony celebrations.
A lifestyle festival will be held in the Rodeo Arena at the end of Stafford Street in Folsom. Designed to provide and promote a healthy lifestyle and cycling-related experiences, the Lifestyle Festival offers a morning of excitement and fun for the whole family. The Lifestyle Festival serves as the central hub for fans to watch the race live. With an Amgen-themed focus on sustainability this year, the event will include vendors and partners who will share resources and provide educational tools that highlight sustainable practices. A water station, free water bottles, and giveaways will also be part of the festival experience. Bike enthusiasts will appreciate the presence of a secured bike valet area, along with several local bike shops.
Schedule of Events
Start: Johnny Cash Trail – End of Stafford Street/Rodeo Park (Stage 6-May 18)
Finish: South Lake Tahoe (Stage 6-May 18)
|Folsom Stage 6 Schedule|
|8:15 a.m.||Lifestyle Festival Begins|
|9:30 a.m.||Start Ceremony Begins|
|9:35 a.m.||Rider Call-Ups|
|9:40 a.m.||Honor Guard/National Anthem|
|9:45 a.m.||Race Begins|
|10:15 a.m.||Lifestyle Festival Ends|
No public parking will be available in Rodeo Park.
Recommended parking lots include:
Spectators are encouraged to take Regional Transit Light Rail to Historic Folsom or ride their bike to Rodeo Arena where a bike valet service will be available.
Hosting this event is an exciting opportunity for Folsom, but it will also create minor traffic delays along the race course and nearby roadways. The race course will be open during the peak morning commute but will be closed from approximately 9:30-10:15 a.m.
Estimated Traffic Delays for Traffic on Route
Registered participants check in at 7:30 a.m. at Folsom Bike, 7610 Folsom-Auburn Road, Suite 100. Depart with the group at 7:45 a.m. to ride to Rodeo Park (200 Stafford Street) to watch the Amgen Tour of California Stage 6 men’s race start and enjoy the Lifestyle Festival. (NOTE: If you do not ride with the group, please check in at the Folsom Bike tent in Rodeo Park prior to 10:30 a.m.) Both the long and short route Celebration Rides start at 10:30 a.m. on Folsom’s Johnny Cash Trail at the Tour of California start line arch. The rides finish at the Amgen Tour of California Watch Party at Lazy Dog Restaurant & Bar, 300 Palladio Parkway, Folsom (admission ticket required).
The Celebration Rides are free but limited to 35 participants per route. Participants must be age 18 or older to participate and pre-registration is mandatory. Tickets to the Watch Party are $10/person; advance purchase is highly encouraged as attendance is limited to 75 people.
Register for either route here: https://webtrac.folsom.ca.us/wbwsc/webtrac.wsc/search.html?module=PST&type=AMGEN
Ride begins at 10:30 a.m. on Folsom’s Johnny Cash Trail at the Amgen Tour of California start line arch and includes some of the official peloton route. Riders must be able to maintain a 15-18 mph pace; the pack regroups at various points throughout the ride. There will be a sweeper as this is a no-drop ride. One aide station will be available at the corner of Deer Valley Road and Kanaka Valley Road. Estimated return time to Folsom is 1:30 p.m.; ride finishes at Lazy Dog Restaurant & Bar for the Private Watch Party. Find the long route details at https://www.strava.com/routes/12746288.
Ride begins at 10:30 a.m. on Folsom’s Johnny Cash Trail at the Amgen Tour of California start line arch and includes some of the official peloton route. Riders must be able to maintain a 12-15 mph pace; the pack regroups at various points throughout the ride. There will be a sweeper as this is a no-drop ride. One aide station will be available at the corner of Deer Valley Road and Kanaka Valley Road. Estimated return time to Folsom is 12:30 p.m.; ride finishes at Lazy Dog Restaurant & Bar for the Private Watch Party. Find the short route details at https://www.strava.com/routes/12745099.
Register for either route here: https://webtrac.folsom.ca.us/wbwsc/webtrac.wsc/search.html?module=PST&type=AMGEN
Amgen Tour of California Private Watch Party at Lazy Dog Restaurant & Bar
2-4 p.m. | Tickets: $10/person; all ages
Join fellow cycling enthusiasts to watch NBC Sports’ exciting live coverage of the men’s race stage finish and women’s race highlights in South Lake Tahoe. Admission to the private watch party includes free appetizers (while supplies last) and non-alcoholic beverages, and a raffle for a variety of great prizes. Special Happy Hour food and drink specials are also available for watch party guests to purchase. Advance ticket purchase is strongly encouraged; party attendance is capped at 75 people.
Purchase tickets for the Watch Party here: https://webtrac.folsom.ca.us/wbwsc/webtrac.wsc/search.html?module=PST&type=AMGEN
Amgen Tour of California Men's Race Map of Elevations Note: this is a large file and may load slowly.
Amgen Tour of California Infographic Some fun facts about the overall Tour.
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. More information is available at amgentourofcalifornia.com.
America’s premier cycling stage race will cover 645 miles of roadways, highways and coastlines during seven stages from Long Beach to Sacramento May 13-19. Known for epic sprinter showdowns, three of the sport’s greatest are confirmed to race this year: Mark Cavendish (Team Dimension Data), Marcel Kittel (Team KATUSHA ALPECIN) and “King of California” Peter Sagan (BORA-hansgrohe), cycling’s first three-time consecutive World Champion, who also holds the California race record for most stage wins (16). The Amgen Tour of California Women's Race empowered with SRAM, showcasing the world’s best women cyclists, will run concurrently May 17-19, covering upward of 187 miles over three stages.About Amgen Amgen is committed to unlocking the potential of biology for patients suffering from serious illnesses by discovering, developing, manufacturing and delivering innovative human therapeutics. This approach begins by using tools like advanced human genetics to unravel the complexities of disease and understand the fundamentals of human biology. Amgen focuses on areas of high unmet medical need and leverages its biologics manufacturing expertise to strive for solutions that improve health outcomes and dramatically improve people's lives. A biotechnology pioneer since 1980, Amgen has grown to be one of the world's leading independent biotechnology companies, has reached millions of patients around the world and is developing a pipeline of medicines with breakaway potential.
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The annual L'Etape California by Le Tour de France is a mass participation bike ride open to the public and to road cyclists of all skill levels. For the first time, the City of Folsom and Visit Folsom are proud to host this event over the Labor Day weekend, August 31 through September 2, 2018. The event includes a Cycling and Lifestyle Expo Friday and Saturday, August 31 and September 1 at the Palladio in Folsom. The L'Etape bike rides take place Sunday, September 2 with two route options that start and finish in Folsom and include the beautiful scenery of the Sierra foothills. Visit www.letapecalifornia.com for event registration and more detailed information.