If you want to witness a lot of cycling excitement in one day, head to Sacramento on May 14. Not only will you see the fourth and final day of the women’s race, but it’s also the opening day for the world-class men’s field.
The women’s race will be a traditional 43.5-mile circuit around the State Capitol, which presents the opportunity to see the peloton multiple times as they ride 20 laps around a 2.2-mile loop. The women’s race will start shortly after the men take off on their 104-mile route into the California Delta Region. The women’s race champion will be crowned, followed by the men's return, where they'll circle three times around the Capitol before a sprint finish to conclude day one of seven.
Where to watch
Check out the start of both races before enjoying the local festivities, and pick a corner on one of the six turns to see the women go by multiple times. “If you’re just focusing on the men, watch the start of the race, go across the bridge, explore Old Sacramento and come back for the finish,” Klein suggests. “They’ll do circuits around the Capitol, so regardless, you can go explore, or you could stay put around the Capitol.”
May 14 at 11:25 a.m., finish at 3:28 p.m.; 103.8 mi/167 km
May 14 at 12:30 p.m., finish at 2 p.m.; 43.5 mi/70 km
Where to stop
Explore Old Town Sacramento to catch a glimpse of the early Gold Rush years. Take a historic walking tour with a docent dressed in 1850s-era costumes, or learn about the city’s underground passageways and chambers on a tour that departs from the Sacramento History Museum. Sample the surprising flavors of candy from the barrels at Munchies Salt Water Taffy or treat yourself to a few donuts from Danny’s Mini Donuts.