The Amgen Tour of California will return to Sacramento for the start of the ninth edition of the cycling race, which is scheduled for May 11–18, 2014.

The eight-day race will stretch along more than 700 miles of California roads, traveling through 11 host cities including Folsom, San Jose, Mount Diablo State Park, Monterey, Cambria, Pismo Beach, Santa Barbara, Santa Clarita, Mountain High and Thousand Oaks.

“We strive to raise the bar each year to present an Amgen Tour of California that not only continues to attract and challenge the world’s top cyclists, but also fittingly features and promotes California’s unique sights and striking scenery,” said Kristin Bachochin, executive director of the Amgen Tour of California and senior vice-president of AEG Sports, which is presenting the race. “We’re confident our worldwide audience will enjoy everything next year’s race has to offer, from epic climbs to rolling hills and thrilling finishes; it’s a testament to California’s iconic terrain.”

The first day of racing will begin and finish in the state’s capital of Sacramento, which previously hosted 2009’s prologue as well as the stage finishes in 2007, 2008, 2010 and 2011.

“The city of Sacramento could not be more proud to host the Amgen Tour of California and Stage 1 to kick off race festivities for such a distinguished group of athletes,” said Kevin Johnson, mayor of Sacramento.