The Amgen Tour of California route details are being posted this week, with Stages 1 and 2 announced this morning.
Stage 1 - Nevada City to Sacramento
The 2010 Amgen Tour of California will begin with the first-ever visit to the picturesque town of Nevada City, CA, which will also be celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Nevada City Classic.
From there the race will head south en route to Sacramento, and will travel through Grass Valley and Old Town in Auburn. Heading out of Auburn, the cyclists will cross over the Auburn-Foresthill Bridge – the tallest bridge in California and the third highest in the U.S.
The cyclists will begin at an elevation of over 2,500 feet and descend to nearly sea level in Sacramento. The mostly downhill stage interrupted by a handful of climbs (including a 1,000' climb from Auburn to Cool, CA) which will favor the sprinters.
Sacramento streets will once again see the teams finish their 104 mile race with three fast circuits around the State's Capitol building.
I already have a couple of viewing locations planned for this stage. What are you suggestions?
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I've ridden the road from Auburn to Folsom before, it's very very nice. The descent down to the river - sweet. At the top I was challenged by a Harley rider - "all natural down to the bottom" but I didn't understand what he meant and I was waiting for my girlfriend. I think he was disappointed I didn't try to race him.