The first stage of the fifth annual Amgen Tour of California pro cycling race on May 16 will wind through Nevada City, Grass Valley, Auburn, Cool and El Dorado Hills before finishing in Sacramento.
A map released on the tour’s web site www.amgentourofcalifornia.com Tuesday details the 104.2-mile route, set to begin in Nevada City at 11:45 a.m. and finish in downtown Sacramento around 3:30-4 p.m.
The course starts at Broad and Pine Streets in Nevada City, enters Grass Valley and then follows Rattlesnake Road, Dog Bar Road and Placer Hills Road before passing through Meadow Vista and Auburn .
After crossing the Foresthill Bridge, the course goes through Cool, follows Highway 49 to Salmon Falls Road, turns onto Green Valley Road and passes through El Dorado Hills.
The route follows Silva Valley Parkway to Grant Line Road, then follows Highway 16 (Jackson Road) to Folsom Boulevard, Capitol Avenue, 26th Street and L Street before a three-lap circuit through midtown and downtown to the finish at 11th and L Streets.
Top riders who have committed to the race include seven-time Tour de France champion Lance Armstrong and three-time Amgen winner Levi Leipheimer.