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

Modesto is the big city where everyone knows your name. We are the heart of California and we show great pride in all things local. From hand crafted coffee and spirits, hand grown fresh and bountiful produce, to hand born art and textiles, we are innovators. We are home to the largest privately owned winery in the world and the largest craft whisky distillery in California. The City offers a great quality of life and is an ideal business location for start-ups and expanding firms. Amidst its growth, Modesto hasn’t forgotten what makes it special – its people.

From business visionaries Ernest and Julio Gallo; to sports legends Royal Robbins, Suzy Powell and Erin Cafaro; to film industry greats George Lucas, Jeremy Renner and Timothy Olyphant, as well as many others, Modesto is the birthplace of those who lead and impact the world.

Modesto has an intense sense of community pride. The fabric of our diversity is woven together through music, parades, festivals, cultural celebrations, visual arts, philanthropic efforts and volunteerism.

We enjoy a beautiful Mediterranean-like climate. With three rivers, seventy six parks and four walking trails along with multiple bike trails, this is a great place to stay active year-round and enjoy an outdoor lifestyle. Our tree-lined streets are set against the backdrop of the glorious Sierra Nevada and Coastal mountain ranges. Our proximity to San Francisco, Napa Wine Country, Yosemite National Forrest and the beautiful California Coast make our location ideal for seeing the best things this state has to offer via day trips.

Entertainment options abound with a world class performing arts center- the Gallo Center for the Arts, the beautifully restored historic State Theatre, many downtown art galleries and fine dining establishments showcasing the farm to table lifestyle we’ve always known, and a vibrant downtown brimming with activity. Our summer farmer’s markets, Graffiti Car Show and Classic Car Parade, Concert in the Park series, public art, poetry and live music scene create an exciting cultural experience. The “Classic American City” is a wonderful place to live or to play in. Come see for yourself!