RANCHO CORDOVA — Rancho Cordova hosted the Amgen Tour of California for the first time ever Monday, serving as the starting line for the race’s second stage.
Hundreds of community members, students and cycling fans lined the streets in front of City Hall to cheer on the competitors.
“We want the families to be here, we want the people on bicycles to be here, but all the sports,” Mayor Robert McGarvey said. “We have our high school band here, we’ve got everybody that’s just part of this.”
Stage 2 is a 133-mile trek up to South Lake Tahoe, climbing nearly 15,000 feet in around six hours.
“You have the best riders in the world competing at the Amgen Tour of California. Not only is it the biggest race in America, but it’s the second biggest race in the world,” Amgen Tour President Kristin Klein said.
Mayor McGarvey says it’s the perfect opportunity to show off the Sacramento region on the international stage.
“The global view is going to be something that will be unreal to the people who live here, the people who visit here, and the people who are looking for a place to come,” McGarvey said.
Stage 3 will begin Tuesday morning in Stockton, where cyclists will make their way to Morgan Hill.