Route Information: May 20, 2016 - Stage 6 Time Trial
Folsom is Distinctive By Nature, home to natural amenities that provide a year-round playground for recreational enthusiasts on land and water. Folsom Lake, Lake Natoma, and the American River bound the city, hosting kayakers, swimmers and other water sports enthusiasts from around the region. Residents cherish the city's network of 38 miles of paved trails, showcasing some of the city's beautiful assets as they meander through open space, woodlands, wildlife habitats, and along creeks and streams. Folsom is a cyclist's dream come true, with everything from short local rides to options that lead to the Gold Country foothills, and nationally-renowned mountain biking trails. For most residents, the path to fitness and recreation begins just steps from home; nearly every home in the city is within a half-mile radius of a park. The city's 46 parks teem with a nearly limitless range of activity, from cricket to lacrosse, tennis to T-ball, soccer, football, and more. The Folsom Zoo Sanctuary – ranked a regional treasure – provides care for rescued domestic, wild and exotic animals and serves as both a tourist attraction and humane education center.
The city presents a fascinating blend of the past and future. Folsom's revitalized Historic District offers great shopping, dining, and energetic nightlife, set amidst historic architecture and wonderful scenery. Shopping and dining opportunities abound throughout the city, and major and emerging corporations call Folsom home. Those seeking adventure beyond the city limits find easy access for day trips to Sacramento, Lake Tahoe, and dozens of Sierra foothill wineries.
Named the "Best place to raise a family in California," (WalletHub), Folsom's residents take great pride in the safety and sense of community that the city provides, and the 72,000 culturally diverse residents range from young families to active retirees.
The highly-rated Folsom Cordova Unified School District operates 15 schools in the city, including Folsom High School and Vista del Lago High School, both recognized on the Best High Schools list by U.S. News and World Report. Folsom Lake Community College – one of the fastest growing in the country – now features the Harris Center, a regional arts center hosting world-class arts and entertainment.
Folsom's name is recognizable throughout the world in part due to the prison that Johnny Cash made famous – Folsom State Prison. In 2014, the City opened the Johnny Cash Trail and Bike/Pedestrian bridge overcrossing, which highlights the legacy of the musician and the unique architecture of the prison. With the bike trail infrastructure in place, the City has launched an innovative capital campaign for a world-class Johnny Cash Trail Art Experience public art project and Legacy Park that will create an extraordinary interactive experience honoring the Man in Black.
The City of Folsom looks forward to hosting the riders, staff, and spectators at the 2016 AMGEN Tour of California!
"We are thrilled that Folsom was selected to serve once again as a host city for the 2016 Amgen Tour of California," said Folsom Mayor Andy Morin. "This signature event attracts top cyclists from around the world and brings national and international awareness to Folsom's world-class cycling destinations, iconic landmarks and striking scenery. The City of Folsom, our partners and avid cycling community look forward to welcoming the competitors and spectators to our area, where the local community passionately embraces and supports cycling."