Seeking to follow the lead of bicycle-friendly cities like Portland and San Francisco, the city of Sacramento is planning to install bike corrals in front of 10 businesses.

The 2014 Tour of California will open with 123-mile stage that starts and finishes in downtown Sacramento. The second stage in Folsom will be a 12.6-mile individual time trial.

Salvaged bicycle wheels dangle over the workshop of midtown’s Sacramento Bicycle Kitchen as visitors turn wrenches in the fluorescent light. Reggae-soul plays softly beneath the sounds of clanging tools and pleasant chatter as shop volunteers help community members repair damaged bikes.

Officials with the 2014 Amgen Tour of California and Sacramento tourism officials announced Tuesday that the eight-day race will start May 11 in front of the Capitol.

Emily Kachorek grew up as a seriously good athlete and something of a tomboy – soccer, softball, roller hockey, horse jumping and pretty much anything the boys could do.

To encourage hesitant bicycle officers to enforce road rules, the Davis City Council took a counterintuitive tack last week by voting unanimously to reduce fines for bicycle infractions immediately. The new tiered bicycle fine system imposes a less-severe $50 fee on first-time offenders.

Professional cyclist Chris Horner, who made history last month when he became the oldest winner of a three-week grand tour race, will ride for charity Saturday in Ione along with scores of recreational cyclists.

More than 600 community leaders gathered in Sacramento at the Sheraton Grand Hotel this week to attend a conference dedicated to increasing the number of children who bike and walk to school.

Are these resilient and vigorous retirees representative of a new American approach to health in older age? Maybe, experts say, but the progress toward active aging is more subtle than that.

Half the height of Mount Everest, climbed on a bike, in a single day. Even by Tour de France standards, Stage 19 was difficult.

After nearly five grueling hours of riding, as he strained and sweated to victory in an eye-popping Tour de France stage with crowds that turned cycling's most famous climb into a huge and raucous high-mountain party, Christophe Riblon didn't want it to stop.

There appears to be little to stop Chris Froome from reaching the Champs-Elysees on Sunday in the yellow jersey and becoming the second consecutive British cyclist to win the Tour de France.

From now on, let him be called Chris Vrooooom.

Tricycles are for tots, right? Fair Oaks businessman Mickey O'Brien is betting that's not the case. If you're a baby boomer with health issues, O'Brien predicts that your three-wheeling days may soon return.

At this Tour de France, it is Marcel Kittel and no longer Mark Cavendish who looks like the fastest man on two wheels.

The manager of Chris Froome's team promises his star rider never again will be left exposed in his bid to win the Tour de France.

At his first real opportunity, Chris Froome blew away his main Tour de France rivals with a supersonic burst Saturday, a fierce uphill climb that felt a little like the bad old days of Lance Armstrong.

When they sit down late this afternoon for the ritual they call the "apero" – meaning nibbles and alcoholic drinks – the French still won't know who is going to win their beloved Tour de France this year.

After the first stage of the Tour de France on Saturday, Orica-GreenEdge was the laughingstock of the peloton: Its team bus had become stuck on the finish line as riders descended upon Bastia, triggering a series of events that sent the race into chaos.

A funny thing about the Tour de France is it can give competitors the most fabulous terrain on which to ride, but it cannot force them to race.

Behind Jan Bakelants, the Belgian who rode with guts and guile to win Stage 2 at the Tour de France, there were other smaller but no less impressive victories Sunday that don't get so widely noticed. They came from the race's riding wounded.

Lance Armstrong made himself the uninvited guest at the Tour de France on Friday, coming back to haunt the 100th edition of the race and infuriating riders past and present by talking in a newspaper interview about doping in the sport.

The idea sounds simple enough: build a bike route circumnavigating Lake Tahoe.

Cyclists, runners, dog walkers and others share the American River Parkway, but the trail's increasing popularity has led to a rise in problems as they compete for space.

Cyclists who zip along the American River Parkway faster than the 15 mph speed limit may find their free-wheeling ways costing them $50.

As Gina Rossi tells it, the idea of bike racks as public art came to her in 2009 as she watched bicyclists pedal around downtown and midtown Sacramento looking for places to lock up their cycles.

On his third beer, entering that transition between warm glow and steady buzz, Kevin O'Connell wasn't ready to leave happy hour at the Pour House, a bar on Q and 19th streets in midtown Sacramento.

Tejay van Garderen rode his sleek, black BMC bicycle into a hotel conference room Sunday to meet with reporters after winning the Amgen Tour of California.

The dramatic attacks came as expected Saturday on the steepest sections atop Mount Diablo.

Javier Acevedo of Colombia bolted to the front with about 700 yards left in a final steep climb Monday to win the second stage and take the overall lead in the Tour of California.

Lieuwe Westra of the Netherlands easily outsprinted Spanaird Francisco Mancebo to claim the sweltering and hilly Stage 1, and assumed the overall race lead on Sunday in the Amgen Tour of California.

Evan Kersnar, above, holds up a sign for friends taking his photo Thursday as he works the bicycle valet parking area at the annual BikeFest at the state Capitol.

Citrus Heights is moving forward with an ambitious plan to connect the city with a 26-mile bike trail that would also accommodate walkers, joggers and skaters.

The Capitals protected their rights to Mardy Fish and Sam Querrey in Tuesday's World TeamTennis draft of marquee players.

CHICAGO – Lance Armstrong finally cracked.

After years of defiantly lying when he said he never used performance-enhancing drugs, Lance Armstrong admitted in an interview with Oprah Winfrey broadcast Thursday that he doped throughout his cycling career.

Lance Armstrong said Wednesday that viewers can judge for themselves how candid he was in his interview with Oprah Winfrey.

The Tour de Fraud, Lance Armstrong version, continues. Tighten your helmet chinstraps and grab your handlebars. Armstrong apparently has 'fessed up.

Lance Armstrong must make a full confession under oath – not just an admission in a television interview with Oprah Winfrey – if he wants authorities to consider lifting his lifetime ban from sports, the director of the World Anti-Doping Agency said Tuesday.

During his battle with the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency last year, Lance Armstrong went to extreme lengths to disparage the agency, a quasi-governmental organization charged with policing banned drug use in Olympic sports.

The annual Nite Brite Bike Parade in east Sacramento has been canceled.

For the second year in a row, the Sacramento region has been shut out of the Amgen Tour of California, organizers announced Tuesday.

The World Anti-Doping Agency wants to double suspensions for all doping cheats from two to four years.

Freeport Boulevard near C.K. McClatchy High School is the latest city street headed for a "road diet."

Victor Bernardez scored on a free kick deep into stoppage time Sunday night to lift the Earthquakes to a 1-0 triumph over the Los Angeles Galaxy in the opener of their Western Conference semifinal series in Carson.

Cycling's governing body Monday accepted the findings of a U.S. Anti-Doping Agency report about an elaborate doping program involving Lance Armstrong and stripped him of his seven Tour de France titles and banned him from competition for life.

Already an outcast in cycling after a massive doping report, Lance Armstrong absorbed hits much closer to home Wednesday: to his wallet and his heart.

The city of South Lake Tahoe has been awarded a grant to replace a section of a bike path that serves as a key link between various neighborhoods and the city's business district.

Former BMX professional freestyle rider Marty Schlesinger toured the nation on a Mongoose bicycle in the 1980s, performing backflips, tire grabs and Superman moves.

Lance Armstrong's life has rarely been routine. Like Michael Jordan, Barry Bonds and Tiger Woods in their sports, Armstrong catapulted cycling to a new mountaintop with talent, charisma and bravado.

The U.S. Anti-Doping Agency announced Friday it had issued sanctions that strip Lance Armstrong of his seven Tour de France titles and 2000 Olympic bronze medal and ban him for life from all sports governed by federations that are signatories to the World Anti-Doping Code.

After more than a decade of outrunning accusations that he had doped during his celebrated cycling career, Lance Armstrong, one of the best known and most accomplished athletes in recent history, surrendered Thursday, etching a dark mark on his legacy by ending his fight against charges that he used performance-enhancing drugs.

In its July issue, Bicycling magazine placed Sacramento right in the middle of its top-50 best bike cities, a ranking that suggests we've come a long way in recent years and can, with a little more effort and foresight, someday elbow our way into the Top 10 with the likes of Portland and San Francisco.

WALNUT CREEK – In retrospect, maybe my first clue that I was no longer running on the Ridge Top Trail here at Shell Ridge Open Space was that there was no freakin' ridge anywhere within sight.

For the second year in a row, cyclists will have to take a detour along the portion of the American River Parkway that runs from the Campus Commons Golf Course to nearly Ethan Way and Cal Expo because of a levee-improvement project.

California bicyclists will not be banned from using their cellphones after all.

Penn State trustees took no formal vote, but the vast majority of members voiced support Sunday for the university president's acceptance of tough penalties imposed by the NCAA over the university's handling of the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse case.

"Premium Rush," the action thriller about a Manhattan bike messenger chased around the city by a corrupt cop, has the potential to revive a fading cycling trend – and the controversy surrounding it.

For Bradley Wiggins, the champagne on the Champs-Elysees is about to flow.

For Bradley Wiggins, it's time to bestow gifts at the Tour de France.

Patrick Scott is no stranger to Eppie's Great Race. He helped organize the first race in 1974 and has participated in nearly 30 races since, having completed about 15 of them in the Ironman division – kayaking, bicycling and running.

Cadel Evans' vision of repeating as Tour de France champion vanished under the sun-baked punishment of the Pyrenees mountains Wednesday, as Bradley Wiggins took another step toward taking the yellow jersey home.

Bradley Wiggins knows he's well-positioned to win the Tour de France. But with the banged-up, frenetic and weary pack nearing today's final rest day of the three-week race, he wasn't taking any chances Monday.

Crashes, falls, fractures: Bradley Wiggins has seen it all. Now add tacks and nails to the list. Still, nothing can break his stranglehold on the Tour de France.

David Millar, a reformed "ex-doper," won a stage at the Tour de France on Friday, saying his victory is proof riders can win cleanly.

If Monday's time trial at the Tour de France was "the test of truth," as one top rider called it, Bradley Wiggins aced it.

Bradley Wiggins kept the yellow jersey at the Tour de France. Keeping his cool was another matter.

Peter Sagan of Slovakia avoided a bloody, across-the-road pileup to capture a stage for the third time at the Tour de France on Friday while Fabian Cancellara of Switzerland also missed the mayhem to keep the yellow jersey.

Mark Cavendish led a tight sprint to the finish Monday to win the second stage of the Tour de France, while Fabian Cancellara retained the overall leader's yellow jersey after the mostly flat ride across Belgium.

Fabian Cancellara gave some joy to his troubled RadioShack Nissan team as the 99th Tour de France began Saturday, winning his fifth opening-day prologue at cycling's premier race in the same Belgian city where he edged Lance Armstrong eight years ago.

The U.S. Anti-Doping Agency has filed formal charges against Lance Armstrong, accusing the seven-time Tour de France winner of using performance-enhancing drugs throughout the best years of his career.

With their parents serving as the sleep-deprived support crew, eight Folsom teenagers finished fifth out of 18 teams in the grueling 3,000 mile Race Across America.

With so many flashy, art-inspired bike racks popping up in and around Sacramento these days, there's a good chance you've overlooked the racks poised to become a force in the industry.

The city of Sacramento will be testing a new concept in bicycle parking beginning today and continuing for three weeks as part of the annual "May Is Bike Month" campaign.

How do you get nine local teenagers – the youngest relay team ever to participate in Race Across America – ready for a 3,000 miles long bike ride?

Participants in this year's NorCal AIDS Cycle, a 330-mile bike ride to benefit HIV/AIDS organizations, raised $300,000, a spokeswoman said Sunday.

Robert Gesink, a Dutchman who rides for the Rabobank team, won the Tour of California with a main-field finish Sunday, confirming his place at the top that he had earned by climbing fast up Mount Baldy on Saturday.

Dutchman Robert Gesink won the difficult seventh stage of the Tour of California on Saturday to take a 46-second lead in the overall standings into today's largely ceremonial final leg.

BIG BEAR LAKE – Sylvain Georges of France pedaled to a long solo win, and Dave Zabriskie maintained his overall lead Friday with a main field finish in the mountainous Stage 6 of the Amgen Tour of California.

Dave Zabriskie won the individual time trial in hot and breezy conditions Thursday to take the Tour of California overall lead with three stages left.

Slovakia's Peter Sagan raced to his event-opening fourth consecutive stage victory in the Tour of California on Wednesday to increase his overall lead to 16 seconds.

Thousands of commuters are expected to pedal to work today around the Sacramento region as part of Bike to Work Day.

Peter Sagan of Slovakia won his second straight stage with a powerful and unchallenged sprint and retained the overall lead Monday in Stage 2 of the Amgen Tour of California.

SANTA ROSA – Peter Sagan overcame a flat back tire with five miles left Sunday to win the first stage of the Amgen Tour of California in a wild sprint finish in downtown Santa Rosa.

After riding and crashing and periodically winning bike races around the globe for a decade, Tom Danielson had had enough. He realized he'd likely do better if he could see where he was pedaling.

Let's assume you're behind in your training, that spring sprung on you before you knew it and you're not as trim and fit as you had hoped.

The Tour of California will bypass previous stops in Sacramento, Auburn, Davis and much of the rest of Northern California this year. But from Bakersfield to Beverly Hills, the nearly 750-mile trek will offer the race's most diverse route.

Steven Tiller, the Sacramento carpenter-turned- designer whose bike storage rack could be poised for big things, has begun the manufacturing process but is still working out many details.

An eight-mile stretch of Scott Road will be closed to vehicle traffic Sunday so that bicyclists and walkers can enjoy some of the prettiest country in Sacramento County.

The driver of a small black sedan honked and leaned out his window one recent cold, windy Sunday. "Go ride on the sidewalk!" he yelled.

You don't have to be a pro cyclist with 5 percent body fat, a $10,000 race bike and million-dollar lungs to enjoy the feeling of riding like a pro.

For years, as Lance Armstrong ruled the Tour de France and carbon fiber became the material of choice for racers and recreational riders alike, high-end bikes got lighter, marginally faster and more mass-produced than ever.

A full-time bicycle frame builder and, an occasional competitive age-group rider, Paul Sadoff has spent most of the past 35 years accommodating discerning cyclists.

The simplicity of bike businesses to market and manage, combined with fuel savings and customers' desire to go green, are encouraging expansion and innovative uses for pedal power.

A detour will be in place for a one-mile section of the American River Parkway bike trail beginning at 9 a.m. today to allow for trail repairs.

Simple and functional when you ride them, bikes can become a clunky burden when it comes to putting them away.

The United States Bicycling Hall of Fame announced its first Legends Gran Fondo will take place in Davis on May 6.

All over town and out in the suburbs, folks hop on their bikes for the simplest of reasons, leaving their cars behind.

Cycling teams at the Tour of Qatar welcomed the end of a U.S. federal investigation into Lance Armstrong, saying Sunday they hoped the seven-time Tour de France champion finally could move on with his life.

Access to the Pope/Baldwin Bike Path in South Lake Tahoe, adjacent to Highway 89, will be restricted temporarily for the next 10 days.

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