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Featured Maps! Bicycles and the Amgen Tour of California 2019

Map Theme for the week: 

Amgen Tour of California 2019 and Bicycles

Featured in the Map Collection room May 10-31, 2019

The Amgen Tour of California starts in Sacramento on May 12.

(Mens races:  May 12-18 ; Womens races May 16-18)

Stage 1 of the men’s race is a 88.9 mile (143 km) local route which starts in Sacramento, crosses over the Tower Bridge into West Sacramento, runs north on the levee of the Sacramento River, heads west through Woodland to the edge coastal range, travels south toward Winters, swings along the outskirts of Davis–east on Russel Blvd, north on Road 98, east on Road 27, north on Road 103–before rambling back into Woodland, and then follows the same route back to the finish line in Downtown Sacramento.

As a spectator of this sport, the large part of your entertainment is the caravan of officials’ vehicles, Highway Patrol cruisers, and motorcycle police which proceed the racers.  Also, watch for video photographers hanging precariously off the back of motorcycles.  Let’s not forget about the helicopters for the bird’s-eye-view of the race.

If you are lucky, you might see a breakaway leader or a group of leaders who have escaped the pack!

Then, wait for it…the peloton WOOSH!

The excitement is not over.  The caravan continues with team support vehicles and medical vans, more Highway Patrol, and more officials’ vehicles.

Now it is over.  You can pack up and go home.

  See the Home Page for the Amgen Tour of California for route details.

Route details for each stage of the race includes a map of the route, profiles showing the elevation changes, and descriptive narrative.

During the race, the Map Collection is celebrating the Amgen Tour of California by displaying raised-relief maps showing the route in  3-dimensios.  Each day and for each stage of the race, the raised-relief maps will give a visual and tactile sense of inclines and descents that the racers must endure. You can compare these to the route maps and profiles which will also be on display.

After the race, come see other bicycle maps showing local areas, metropolitan areas in California, and Pacific Coast states. As an added bonus, come see the 1896 map when bicycles had to share the road with horses and those newfangled contraptions called automobiles: New road, driving and bicycle map of Philadelphia and surrounding country.

Come to the Map Collection and look for this sign:


Title: California Central Valley bicycle touring guide

by California. Department of Transportation (1978)

Call Number: MAP G4361.E63 1978 .C2

Title: Caltrans Sacramento Rideshare bicycle commuter map

by Sacramento Rideshare.; Sacramento Area Council of Governments (1990)

Call Number: MAP G4363.S2E63 1990 .C2

Title: Yolo-Solano BikeLinks : [California]

by Alta Transportation Consulting, Inc. Solano Transportation Authority (2001)

Call Number: MAP G4363.Y6E63 2001 .A4

Title: Oregon coast bike route

by ODOT Graphics (1998)

Call Number: MAP G4292.C65E63 1998 .O4

Title: Davis bike map

by University of California, Davis. Transportation and Parking Services (2016)

Call Number: MAP G4364.D3E63 2016 .U6

Title: Pacific Coast bicycle/hiking route

by California. Department of Transportation. Bainbridge, Behrens, Moore, Inc (1973)

Call Number: MAP G4361.E63 1973 .C2

Title: Solano BikeLinks map

by Solano Transportation Authority. Alta Transportation Consulting Incorporated (2002)

Call Number: MAP G4363.S7 2002 .S66

Title: Los Angeles County bike map.

by Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (1993)

Call Number: MAP G4363.L6E63 1993 .L6

Title: Boston’s bikemap

by Weaver, David. Sorenson, Elizabeth.; Great Circle Productions (1984)

Call Number: MAP G3764.B6E63 1984 .W3

Title: New road, driving and bicycle map of Philadelphia and surrounding country : from the latest official surveys and records.

by E.P. Noll & Co (1896)

Call Number: MAP G3824.P5 1896 .N6  (Old Maps)

Title: San Francisco Bay Area bicycle route guide

by California. Department of Transportation. District 4. Bicycle Unit (1984)

Call Number: MAP G4362.S35E63 1984 .S2

Map Collection: Location and Hours

The Map Collection room is normally open to the public in the basement (Lower Level) of Shields Library, Monday-Friday, 1:00-5:00 pm. However, our hours change around the academic calendar and the holiday season. To see the most accurate schedule, please visit this link: click here.

Contact the Special Collections Department for map related questions by email at or by phone at 530-752-1621.

Post created by Dawn Collings and Ben Andrews.


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