Bike Rides & Hikes

Folsom roads, bridges will close for Amgen Tour bike race

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. City officials say they expect 10,000 spectators to line streets when Folsom hosts the the second day of the weeklong professional cycling event.

Closures will take place between 9 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.

Lake Natoma Crossing will be limited to one open lane in each direction. Portions of East Natoma Street, Riley Street and Green Valley Road also will be closed. For a map of the race course and street closures, go to

The women’s race begins at 11:10 a.m., and the men’s race begins at 1:05 p.m. Cyclists will ride individually, against the clock, on a 12.5-mile, time-trial style race, in which racers take off one after the other, spaced typically in two- to three-minute intervals.

Racers start on Sutter Street, cross the Rainbow Bridge, go north on Folsom Auburn Road, cross Folsom Lake Crossing and loop to Green Valley Road, where they make a U-turn and head back into Historic Folsom via Natoma Crossing.

“Hosting the world’s top professional cyclists for the individual (time) trial is an exciting opportunity for our community,” said City Manager Evert Palmer. “While we know the event will inconvenience some motorists, we believe the one-day traffic impacts are worth the opportunity to showcase our community before a worldwide television audience and the thousands of cycling fans who will visit our community on race day.”