Californians could vote to tax themselves to build bike paths, bike parking and other bicycle facilities under a bill heading to Gov. Jerry Brown.

A Reno-based group helping to build a 116-mile bike trail in Nevada and California will be honored todaywith a federal Green Transportation Award.

Commonalities in the cycling world bring people together in the Warm Showers hospitality exchange network.

John Swann used to commute regularly by bike from Davis to his job in Sacramento – but he’d often get a ride home.

The nighttime fun ride benefits youth programs of the Society for the Blind and other charities.

Mark Reddick won’t ride his bike on Stockton Boulevard, parts of Broadway or on I Street. Still, he said he has been hit by cars while riding when drivers pulled too quickly out of alleyways.

Midway through this year’s “May is Bike Month” campaign, more than 9.400 residents of the Sacramento region are pedaling toward the regionwide goal of 2 million miles logged on bicycles during the month.

The 2012 Tour de France winner and Olympic gold medalist capitalizes on his specialty

Hours before the time trial started in historic downtown Folsom, and well before the pros came and began warming up on bikes locked into stationary trainers, the crowds had already assembled at the Amgen Tour of California.

Bradley Wiggins of Great Britain powered to a dominating individual time trial win todayand moved into the race lead of Amgen Tour of California.

Shortly before the start of the Amgen Tour of California on Sunday morning, Mark Cavendish rolled casually through the crowd on his way to the start line, the greatest sprinter of his generation turning heads, inspiring cheers and, more than anything, prompting dozens of onlookers to raise their cellphones in unison and start taking pictures.

Replay The Bee's coverage team along with other reporters and observers from Stage 2 of the 2014 Tour of California, a 125-mile time trial in Folsom. Our live blog began at 11 a.m. for the race starting at 1:05 a.m.

The last time the Tour of California started in the capital, downtown hummed like a rock concert on wheels. Tyler Hamilton, George Hincapie, Levi Leipheimer and Lance Armstrong cycled furiously down and around the streets while thousands of spectators squeezed together on sidewalks for a glimpse at the sport’s luminaries.

Mark Cavendish of Great Britain surges to claim the windy, fast Stage 1 of the Amgen Tour of California in a photo finish Sunday in downtown Sacramento.

Carmen Small powered to the front in the waning meters to claim the women's one-hour criterium Sunday at the Amgen Tour of California in downtown Sacramento.

Hundreds of people descended on the state Capitol Sunday morning to stake a spot in front of the start line at the Amgen Tour of California.

Watch a replay of The Bee's coverage team along with other reporters and observers for Stage 1 of the 2014 Tour of California, which kicked off in downtown Sacramento Sunday.

The Amgen Tour of California begins at 10:50 a.m. Sunday at the state Capitol in downtown Sacramento. Here’s a handy guide for how to watch, where to watch and some of this year’s notable riders.

Caltrans Director Malcolm Dougherty on Friday toured downtown Sacramento via bicycle. The agency head said he and local officials want to make urban biking easier and safer in California.

Following his inaugural Tour of California title, Landis won the Tour de France five months later. He was dethroned about two weeks after winning in France for doping. After his two-year ban ended in early 2009, he rode in various levels of competition for about two years with three different teams and as an independent. After he couldn’t find a team in 2011, he retired. Landis, now 38 and living in Southern California, is part of the pending whistleblower lawsuit against Lance Armstrong and other defendants.

For the past six years, the Amgen Tour of California has included one day of women’s racing – three time trials and three criteriums.

There are many sights to see, other than men in Lycra, along the Northern and Central California sections of the Amgen Tour of California.

The Slovakian can race with the best climbers, sprinters and time-trial specialists.

After the favorites – Peter Sagan, Bradley Wiggins and Mark Cavendish – here are five other riders who could challenge for the overall title during this week’s Amgen Tour of California:

After an absence of two years, the Amgen Tour of California is returning to the Sacramento region, with two stages of the bicycle race putting many of the sport’s top riders on display. Here is a rundown of what’s coming.

This weekend will be big for Sacramento cycling fans, but tough on drivers. A hundred miles of valley and foothill roads will be closed at times on Sunday and Monday to allow passage for the speeding peloton of 128 professional bicycle riders participating in the Amgen Tour of California race.

California is now the ninth “friendliest” biking state in the country, jumping up from 19th place last year, according to the latest rankings by the League of American Bicyclists.

The Tour of California, which for the second time in its nine-year tenure begins in Sacramento on Sunday, has had its share of unique moments.

In 1961 the Nevada City Classic debuts, with about 50 riders and 1,500 spectators. Prizes include an outboard motor, transistor radios and gold nuggets. It’s now the country’s second-oldest annual race.

Councilman Jay Schenirer and the Sacramento Metro Arts Commission on Thursday installed the first of 10 artistic and playfully designed bike racks in District 5 parks created by local artist and architect Jason Silva.

Some main streets in and near downtown Folsom, including the Rainbow Bridge and Folsom Lake Crossing, will be closed for most the day when the Amgen Tour of California comes to that city May 12.

Elk Grove has worked hard to carve out walking paths and bike trails, part of its long-held plan of a more pedestrian- and bicycle-friendly city, but one barrier has always stood in its way: Highway 99. That changes Saturday when the city opens its first walk-and-bike bridge spanning the busy freeway and connecting East and West Stockton boulevards.

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.

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.

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.

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