Sacramento making its case as world-class cycling city 

While San Francisco deservedly gets kudos for its cycling advocacy — the local bike coalition is the biggest in the country — Sacramento is certainly no slouch in showing its love for two-wheelers.

On the eve of hosting the opening leg of the Amgen Tour of California, the local news stations in the state’s capital were abuzz with features on the eight-day bike race, scarcely going more than five minutes without some mention of the event.

Perhaps buoyed by the excitement of the race, local amateur bikers — from serious cyclists decked out in full racing regalia to moms toting their kids around — were out in force Sunday on the city’s many bike-friendly pathways.

And by 1 p.m. on Sunday, over two hours before the climatic finale in Sacramento, throngs of spectators lined L Street in anticipation of the race’s downtown conclusion.

Adam Carr, 27, himself a professional cyclist based out of Mountain View, lived in Sacramento for six years and was on hand Sunday to catch the action.

“Sacramento has always had a strong tradition of supporting cycling,” Carr said. “And it only seems to be getting bigger and more popular.”

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