San Jose / Morgan Hill
The Amgen Tour of California gets a two-for-one deal with the combination of San Jose and Morgan Hill co-hosting the 2018 Individual Time Trial. While San Jose is currently California’s third largest city, Tour fans will become familiar with its more reserved wild side, a symbiotic relationship with the more remote communities like Morgan Hill. Together, these towns have inspired and influenced each other to become the unique places we will see in May.
As the larger of the two, San Jose is a city of numbers. It originated as California’s first city. Then it became the state’s first capitol. Over time, it grew, but it wasn’t until the 1950s and 1960s when San Jose and the surrounding area, collectively known as Silicon Valley, exploded meteorically. During those decades, the population of San Jose grew 350% and became arguably the center of the modern age. While an emphasis is placed on the city’s more recent advancement, the causes are much older and pervasive of a place that’s exhilarating to live in and visit - inspiring success with principles that are also key to the Breakaway from Hearty Disease and Breakaway from Cancer.
The Spanish founded San Jose in 1777 as the Pueblo of San Jose de Guadalupe. The city’s location at the southern end of San Francisco Bay provided San Jose with the best of both worlds – abundant and rich agricultural soil within easy reach of one of the world’s great ports. The result was a place where innovation took root in a welcoming and unassuming way. As early as the early 20th century, a global fascination with airplanes and blimps included contributions from Santa Clara University professor John Montgomery. Period modernizations also included creating efficiencies in the agricultural and food processing industries. By World War II, the need for greater industrialization spurred a shift from an agricultural to manufacturing economy, especially related to military-related efforts.
Morgan Hill, located just 10 miles south of San Jose, is Silicon Valley’s not so hidden gem. This community of approximately 47,000 residents shares an entrepreneurial spirit and thirst for innovation. Morgan Hill is nestled between the Diablo Mountain Range and the Santa Cruz Mountains and has a rich history of farming and manufacturing. Located in Silicon Valley, Morgan Hill offers the ideal balance of jobs, housing, recreation and open space. This community is surrounded by parks, opens space, wineries and farms.
Morgan Hill’s historic downtown has retained its small-town charm; hosting one of the Bay Area’s oldest (since 1876) Fourth of July Parades, free Friday Night Concerts in the summer, charming boutiques, and dozens of restaurants (a Michelin Star Chef venue and Wine Spectator Award of Excellence eatery which attract visitors throughout the Bay Area!). By following the Santa Clara Valley Wine Trail, visitors can enjoy over 30 boutique and award-winning wineries from the oldest commercial wine-producing region in California. Residents and visitors have many options for year-round recreational activities such as cycling, golfing, swimming, boating, horseback riding, fishing and hiking at Henry W. Coe State Park (the largest state park in Northern California), the Coyote-Lake Harvey Bear Ranch Park, or Anderson Lake County Park. But don’t let the small-town feel fool you. Morgan Hill is a flourishing center of industry that has long placed priority upon cultivating a way of life where business and community thrive together.
As one of the state’s largest metropolitan areas, and with a sizeable population of cycling enthusiasts, the Amgen Tour of California returns to San Jose in 2018 for the twelfth time in the race’s thirteen-year history. It is the first time that Morgan Hill hosts the Tour, although the 2013 Time Trial skirted the city’s northern boundaries. For its part, San Jose has hosted a finish on eight occasions with two being individual time trials. Both times San Jose hosted the individual time trial, the stage’s winner went on to win the race overall. In 2006, Floyd Landis put his stamp on Stage 3 and never looked back. In 2013, American Tejay van Garderen took first place and solidified his lead for the overall 2013 tour win. This 2018 Time Trial proves to be just as crucial.