Folsom’s Historic Sutter Street will be the site of a city-sponsored “viewing party” as the AMGEN Tour of California passes through town May 17.
The festivities will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. on Sutter Street near Riley Street. The racers are scheduled to cross Rainbow Bridge, the entrance to the city’s Historic District, about 10:45 a.m.
Robert Goss, Folsom’s parks and recreation director, said the Sutter-Riley intersection also is the first designated sprint point for the day, the “Folsom Prison Breakaway Sprint.” The first racer to reach the designated point will receive a $1,000 cash prize donated by local businesses and the Folsom Tourism Bureau.
The viewing party will feature a DJ, color commentator, vendors and a drawing for a customized Folsom Prison Breakaway Cruiser donated by Bicycles Plus. The bicycle will come complete with handcuffs, and a ball and chain, Goss said.
Proceeds from the drawing will be donated to the Sierra Nevada High School Cycling Organization, supporting student cyclists from Folsom and Vista del Lago high schools and Sutter Middle School, according to a city news release.
After leaving the Historic District, Tour of California riders will continue on Riley Street to Blue Ravine Road, Prairie City Road and White Rock Road. The race caravan will include 144 cyclists and 100 vehicles.
Cyclists are expected to pass through the 6.25-mile Folsom route in approximately 15 minutes.