As a first-time host city, Elk Grove has embraced the race and the women’s teams who will start their third day there, says Klein. “It is an amazing cycling city, and they have a strong sense of community,” she adds. With a neutral start—meaning everyone must stay together until a designated mile—the women will pass through Elk Grove Regional Park twice before they take off en route to Sacramento. The mostly flat course will traverse the California Delta region and is likely to highlight the strong sprinters with two sprint segments along the way.
Where to watch
Snap photos or get autographs from the cyclists in Elk Grove Regional Park (the city even designed a downloadable coloring and autograph sheet for kids). Sample from the food trucks or watch kids (ages 2–5) race Strider bikes during the 9 a.m.–11:30 a.m. festival. (Have a budding future cyclist in the family? The first 25 kids can reigster here.) Drive to Sacramento (15 miles away) to catch the exciting sprint to the finish on L Street.
May 13 at 10:35 a.m., finish at 1:56 p.m.; 73.3 mi/118 km
Where to stop
After hanging out at the start, head to Sacramento to explore trendy Midtown while waiting for the finish (estimated to be around 2 p.m.). Stop by Ginger Elizabeth Chocolates for macaron ice-cream sandwiches, savor decadent mac & cheese at The Rind, or sip a stein of local beer with a house-made sausage at LowBrau.