Route Information: May 15, 2017 - Men's Stage 2 Start

Modesto California is a classic American City. Located in the heart of central California, Modesto boasts glorious weather, low cost of living, and a rich artistic and cultural heritage.

The perfect culmination of city and country, Modesto offers plenty of entertainment options while situated in one of America’s most bountiful agricultural regions. A revitalized downtown centers on arts entertainment and vast dining options from high end cuisine to family friendly eateries. The city offers a flourishing music scene, exciting nightlife, and many shopping centers.

Modesto plays host to an array of annual events. Summer classic car celebrations honor the movie American Graffiti which was set in the city and created by hometown hero George Lucas. A fall Architectural Festival draws thousands of visitors to town for a showcase of Modesto’s mid-century modern and Victorian architecture. Winter events held at the famous McHenry Mansion and Museum are popular tourist attractions and cool weather activities.

A thriving poetry scene (Modesto has its own poet laureate) sets the stage for a sold out poetry slam invitational every winter, an impressive annual craft bizarre featuring handmade goods and an outdoor ice rink. Spring welcomes the sporting life from cycling events to races like the Modesto Marathon. This Boston qualifier marathon is heaven for thousands of runners near and far every March. Modesto boasts more track and field records than any other city.

A warm Mediterranean climate provides the perfect weather for outdoor activities year-round. Over seventy-five parks, 1,100 acres of green space, eighty-seven miles of bicycle paths and fifteen miles of trails in our parks. River rafting and hiking are accessible within twenty miles.

Modesto’s central location may be one of its most attractive features. In close proximity to major metropolitan centers and tourist attractions, Modesto is an easy drive to Sacramento, San Francisco, San Jose, Lake Tahoe and Los Angeles. Find your way to California wine country within a two-hour drive. Convenient highway access provides a quick trip to the Pacific Ocean and Bay Area, the foothills leading to the Sierra Nevada mountain range and Yosemite National Park. Whether you decide to come and stay for local fun or discover adventures nearby, you won’t be disappointed.

Welcome to Modesto! A city that is growing economically and culturally, while holding onto the small-town ambiance that makes this the biggest charming little city in California.