Amgen Tour Brings Excitement, Tourism to Downtown Sacramento

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Some of the best cyclists in the world lined up in front of the Capitol on Sunday morning for the 10th Annual Amgen Tour of California.

Large crowds gathered to watch.

"We actually come every year, for the last four years we've been coming to the races. They really like it," said spectator David Moreno.

It's the first leg of what will be a 725 mile face across California.

"I'm a cyclist, so it's a chance to see everyone that I hope one day to be as fast as them," Moreno said.

As the men cycled 126 miles around the region, the women finished their 3-day competition with a 42 mile race downtown.

Speaking of women, some chose to watch Amgen on Mother's Day.

"I came out today because it's Mother's Day and my mom really enjoys cycling," said Jenna Gorrell.

Gorrell and her mother Kristi Larson came from Folsom. Larson is a big cycling fan.

"I think it bring support cycling in the area I think in this area and we have so many people that ride that I think there's a lot of enthusiasm," Larson said.

Eateries close to the race course enjoyed a boost in businesses Sunday.

"It's pretty fantastic, we definitely get a nice flow of people coming in from all over the place, definitely a lot of fun a lot of visiting so it's really cool to be so close down at the capital and get a lot of culture," said Christina Postle, Ambrosia Cafe Employee.

Monday the race course travels from Nevada City to Lodi.

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