Modesto expects to recoup its costs of hosting the Stage 2 start of the 2017 Amgen Tour of California, which features some of the world’s top male cyclists, who will compete over 600 miles throughout California over one week in May.
The organizers of the Stage 2 start of this year’s Amgen Tour of California in downtown Modesto need nonprofits and health-related businesses to set up booths at the lifestyle festival that will be held in conjunction with the stage.
The Amgen Tour of California Bike Race will have racers cycling through a huge swath of San Luis Obispo County in May, including a route that runs right through downtown San Luis Obispo for the first time in several years. The tour’s State 3 on May 16, 2017, will begin in Pismo Beach and end in Morro Bay.
Organizers of the Amgen Tour of California revealed details about the 2017, which will include a grueling stage that starts in Modesto and concludes in San Jose on May 15. The 88.8-mile second stage of the race will start in downtown Modesto at 11:15 a.m.
The City Council will get an update Tuesday on the local preparations for May’s Amgen Tour of California. Modesto is one of the cities on this year’s tour, which will feature some of the world’s top bicyclists.
As anticipated, the Amgen Tour of California weeklong men’s race is scheduled May 14-20. A corresponding four-day women’s race is also scheduled May 11-14, beginning in South Lake Tahoe and ending in Sacramento. For the first time, Elk Grove will host a stage, No. 3 in the women’s event.
The official announcement likely will come early next week, but Sacramento officials expect the capital to host the start of the men’s Amgen Tour of California cycling road race for the third time in four years in May 2017.
Video shows the first lap toward the finish at 15th and Q Streets, in Sacramento, Calif. Mark Cavendish of Great Britain claimed stage 8 by two bike lengths over Slovakian Peter Sagan while young Frenchman Julian Alaphilippe secured his expected overall title Sunday at the Amgen Tour of California.