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The Amgen Tour of California returns to Sacramento. Where you might see traffic delays

Watch the 2019 Amgen Bike Race get started in Sacramento

The 2019 Amgen Tour of California begins in Sacramento on May 12, 2019 with a flat stage through Woodland and Winters and the traditional three-lap finish in downtown. A fan talks about meeting the cyclists and learning what they like about the area.
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The 2019 Amgen Tour of California begins in Sacramento on May 12, 2019 with a flat stage through Woodland and Winters and the traditional three-lap finish in downtown. A fan talks about meeting the cyclists and learning what they like about the area.

For the 11th time in 14 years, Sacramento will welcome some of the world’s fastest cyclists to town for the Amgen Tour of California.

While throngs of spectators will be on hand Sunday to witness these speedy athletes in the annual bike race, countless others will likely be more concerned about how their travel through the city will be slowed.

So if you have plans to take Mom downtown to celebrate her special day, here’s what you need to know:

Stage 1 of the race begins at 2:15 p.m. and should finish around 5:30 p.m. The 88.9-mile stage starts at 11th and L streets near the Capitol, heads through West Sacramento and Woodland en route to Winters before circling back through Davis before a three-lap downtown swing ends where the race started.

Road closures and parking restrictions in the area will start Saturday, according to the City of Sacramento. The race is not expected to affect hours at local businesses.

At 8 a.m. Saturday, L Street will close from 10th to 15th streets, as will 15th between K and L. At 4 p.m., 10th Street will be shuttered from K to N streets. These closures will end at 1 a.m. Monday.

On Sunday, a sizable portion of downtown near the Capitol will be closed to traffic from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. This includes Capitol Mall from Third to Ninth streets, and the area between Fourth and 14th streets, as well as streets from L to O. From 4-6 p.m., that area expands to Capitol Mall between Third and Front streets, and includes closures going as far east as 19th Street and south to Q Street.

Stage 2, a 133.3-mile ride from Rancho Cordova to South Lake Tahoe, takes place Monday at 9:30 a.m. The race will close streets along the route.

Prospect Park Drive between White Rock Road and Gold Center Drive in front of City Hall will be closed Sunday and Monday, according to the city of Rancho Cordova.

White Rock Road between Prospect Park Drive near City Hall and the eastern city limit will be closed Monday as the stage begins. All driveways exiting onto White Rock Road along the route will be closed as the peloton rides through. Once the tail end of the race passes, roads will reopen.

The race is expected to hit downtown Placerville – with sprint points on the line – just after 11 a.m. The cyclists are projected to reach Carson Pass, the course’s highest point, between 2:45 p.m. and 3:15 p.m.

The race concludes uphill at the Heavenly Ski Resort in South Lake Tahoe, with an estimated time of finish at 3:43 p.m.

Amgen Tour of California officials announced the routes for the annual bicycle race with 25 King of the Mountain climbs, 14 sprints and a 773-mile course. Officials say this year’s race, May 12-18, is the longest and most challenging one yet.

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Noel Harris is a sports reporter for The Sacramento Bee, with a focus on the Kings. He’s been in professional journalism for more than 18 years. His roles have included sports editor at The Modesto Bee and news editor at two smaller California newspapers, as well as online producer and copy editor.
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