NEVADA CITY, CA - MAY 16: Cyclists ride through downtown at the start of Stage One of the Tour of California on May 16, 2010 in Nevada City, California. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)
The biggest bike race in America kicks off.
The first of eight stages in the Tour of California begins Sunday, with bikers travelling 115.9 miles in Santa Rosa. The race begins at 7:50 a.m. Pacific time, and will be featured both in a live stream here and on the NBC Sports Network.
The race is the biggest in the United States, and has been since its inception in 2006. Today's first stage will start and end in pretty much the same place, as bikers face an elevation gain of 9,901 feet but return to the start line in Santa Rosa. Here's the map of today's route and more info about the first stage.
For more on the race, SB Nation's regional sites have the action covered: here are posts from the Dallas, Denver, Houston, Los Angeles, Philadelphia and Minnesota regional sites on various aspects of the event.
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