Details of Amgen route through Nevada City coming Tuesday |

Details of Amgen route through Nevada City coming Tuesday

Cycling fans have known for months that the opening stage of the 2010 Amgen Tour of California race will start in Nevada City and end in Sacramento.

But on Tuesday morning, fans will be able to select the spot from where they’ll watch the world’s top cyclists race through Nevada County before reaching the finish line in the state capital.

Specific route details for the 2010 Tour of California will be revealed Tuesday via individual stage videos, AEG, presenter of the fifth-annual event, announced late Sunday.  

Cities hosting starts and finishes of stage races collaborated to produce videos highlighting features of each route. Two videos will be released per day throughout this week and may be viewed online at the Amgen Tour of California Web site (, as well as the Amgen Tour of California’s Facebook page and on YouTube.   

First things being first, Nevada City to Sacramento will be one of the first two videos released on Tuesday. A video highlighting the specific route for stage two, Davis to Santa Rosa, will be released at the same time.

The 2010 Amgen Tour of California will be staged over eight days and will travel more than 800 miles of California’s scenic roads, highways and coastline drives. 

Running from May 16 to 23, the race will visit 16 host cities for official stage starts and finishes, with communities along the route getting the chance to see a lineup of some of the most elite, recognizable athletes and teams in the world.  

“The May timing of the 2010 edition of the Amgen Tour of California is going to allow us to visit some challenging new areas of California that previously were not possible due to the weather,” Andrew Messick, president of AEG Sports, presenter of the race, said in a prepared statement. “Through these fun and creative videos that the host cities have put together, we are going to be able to showcase the challenge and beauty of our 2010 route.” 

Host cities for the eight stages include: Nevada City, Sacramento, Davis,  

Santa Rosa, San Francisco, Santa Cruz, San Jose, Modesto, Visalia, Bakersfield, Pasadena, Big Bear Lake, Los Angeles and Thousand Oaks/Westlake Village and Agoura Hills. 

Nevada City, Bakersfield, Big Bear Lake, Los Angeles, Thousand Oaks/Westlake Village/Agoura Hills are all new cities to the Tour of California route.

On Wednesday, videos highlighting specific routes for stage three (San Francisco to Santa Cruz) and stage four (San Jose to Modesto) will be released. Stage five (Visalia to Bakersfield) and stage six (Pasadena to Big Bear Lake) follow on Thursday, while stages seven (Los Angeles individual time trial) and eight (Thousand 

Oaks/Westlake Village/Agoura Hills) will be released Friday.

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