Cyclist go past the starting line in front of the State Capitol during the first day of the Amgen Tour of California on Sun., May 11, 2014 in Sacramento.
Carmen Small powered to the front in the waning meters to claim the women's one-hour criter...
Join The Bee's coverage team along with other reporters and observers for Stage 1 of the 2014 Tour of California, which kicks off in downtown Sacramento today. Our live blog begins at 8:30 a.m. for the race starting at 10:50 a.m.
Racers leave the start line in downtown Davis in 2010.
The Amgen Tour of California begins at 10:50 a.m. Sunday at the state Capitol in downtown Sacramento with a 123-mile ride that will take riders on a loop along the Sacramento River, then up to Auburn and back downtown.
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.