Amgen Tour of California organizers released route details Thursday for the fourth annual cycling race that covers more than 750 miles and makes several Bay Area stops in nine days in February.
The tour starts with a prologue in Sacramento on Feb. 14 then continues through eight stages, one a day until Feb. 22nd. Host cities include Davis, Santa Rosa, Sausalito, Santa Cruz, San Jose, Modesto, Merced, Clovis, Visalia, Paso Robles, Solvang, Santa Clarita, Pasadena, Rancho Bernardo and Escondido.
The first stage starts at noon on Feb. 15 in Davis and finishes at the intersection of 3rd Street and Santa Rosa Avenue in Santa Rosa.
The next day, the race starts at 8:30 a.m. and covers more than 100 miles from Sausalito to Santa Cruz, crossing the Golden Gate Bridge and riding through the streets of San Francisco.
On Feb. 17, the cyclists will spend their last day in the Bay Area, traveling from San Jose at noon to Modesto.
"San Jose is proud to lend our city streets to the Amgen Tour of California for the fourth straight year," San Jose Mayor Chuck Reed said in a prepared statement.
On Feb. 22, the cyclists are scheduled to cross the finish line in Escondido at Grand Avenue and Broadway. For more details and a downloadable course map, visit www.amgentourofcalifornia.com.