The Amgen Tour of California is out with its list of host cities and the Sacramento area plays a key role for the fifth consecutive year.
The tour gets underway May 12, spanning from Sacramento to Pasadena for the men’s race. Day two stays in the area, taking riders from Rancho Cordova to South Lake Tahoe. On day three, the event starts in Stockton and heads to Morgan Hill.
The women’s race begins in Ventura on May 16, covering more than 180 miles. It also ends in Pasadena.
Tourists aren’t just here for the 750-mile race. They’re sticking around afterward. The tour generates about $2 million dollars for the economy, brings international attention, and has regional impact, said Mike Sophia with Visit Sacramento.
"Whether it's Folsom or Elk Grove or Rancho Cordova or Stockton — those areas around us that are getting a part of the race now, we're seeing the tourists stay in Northern California and even in the Sacramento region for several days,” said Sophia.
On day four, the race heads south to the Central Coast and winds up in Southern California to close out the event.