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Anyone going to the Tour of California? If so, what stage? I'm planning to scope out a spot on San Marcos Pass rd (Hwy 154) near the top on stage 5 and then also try to catch the final stage in Redondo Beach.
 

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Who ISN'T going to the Tour of California would be a better question.

I'll be at the Prologue, somewhere in Marin for stage 1, and prolly on either Happy Valley or Pinehurst on stage 2. and prolly at the finish at the TT. I'm excited, if you haven't noticed. :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D
 

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Anyone going to the Tour of California? If so, what stage? I'm planning to scope out a spot on San Marcos Pass rd (Hwy 154) near the top on stage 5 and then also try to catch the final stage in Redondo Beach.
I plan on being on DirecTV Channel 209, ESPN2, at 1:00am.
 

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Where is the schedule of the stages? Thanks
Here is the official list of stages with maps. There are no daily schedules with ETAs, but I would guess the stages will start in late morning and finish in late afternoon to early evening.

http://www.amgentourofcalifornia.com/stages.html

I'm volunteering as a course marshall for the prologue in SF. I'll probably be at the finish in San Jose after stage 2 as it's 2 blocks from my office.

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Anyone going to the Tour of California? If so, what stage? I'm planning to scope out a spot on San Marcos Pass rd (Hwy 154) near the top on stage 5 and then also try to catch the final stage in Redondo Beach.
What's the best way to get on the course to watch stage 5? I'm coming from out of town. Do I need to bring a bike to ride up Sierra Rd. or is it possible to hike/walk?

Thanks.
 

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i'm pondering the idea of riding my bike from my house to the finish in redondo beach. that way, i won't have to fight for a parking spot with the other billion people there. it's only about a 2hr ride from my house to redondo beach (i live in long beach), so i think i may have to execute this mission!!! get there in the AM, watch race/have a bite to eat, then pedal home with a tailwind and be home in time for dinner. hmmm....yeah, sounds like a killer day.
 

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Anyone going to the Tour of California? If so, what stage? I'm planning to scope out a spot on San Marcos Pass rd (Hwy 154) near the top on stage 5 and then also try to catch the final stage in Redondo Beach.

I've got the same plan as you. San Marcos Pass and Redondo. I'm also thinking of the Thousand Oaks finish, or somewhere along that route to stage 6. I haven't looked over the stage 6 details yet.

Do you have any info on the access times to the San Marcos pass. If I recall correctly, the ETA for the end of stage 5 is 2-3pm so I figure they'll be going over the pass noon give or take an hour.
 

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New route details recently posted

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Who ISN'T going to the Tour of California would be a better question.

I'll be at the Prologue, somewhere in Marin for stage 1, and prolly on either Happy Valley or Pinehurst on stage 2. and prolly at the finish at the TT. I'm excited, if you haven't noticed. :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D
The official site very recently posted detail maps and timetables ideal for race spectators. I have a links to them on my unofficial site:

http://www.steephill.tv/2006/tour-of-california/route/
 

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A buddy of mine and I are planning to drive out from Thousand Oaks Thurs. night and find a spot by the roadside to camp overnight. We'll then be able to ride part of the climb in the am before the race and watch it as it comes by.

Here's a PDF of when to expect the riders at different points along the way. You can find the link to it here: http://www.amgentourofcalifornia.com/media/stage5-public.pdf
Here's a link to the map of the rout:http://www.amgentourofcalifornia.com/media/stage5.pdf

Or you can look here:http://www.steephill.tv/2006/tour-of-california/route/
Or here:http://www.amgentourofcalifornia.com/stages.html

Hope this helps

John
 

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johngfoster said:
A buddy of mine and I are planning to drive out from Thousand Oaks Thurs. night and find a spot by the roadside to camp overnight. We'll then be able to ride part of the climb in the am before the race and watch it as it comes by.

Here's a PDF of when to expect the riders at different points along the way. You can find the link to it here: http://www.amgentourofcalifornia.com/media/stage5-public.pdf
Here's a link to the map of the rout:http://www.amgentourofcalifornia.com/media/stage5.pdf

Or you can look here:http://www.steephill.tv/2006/tour-of-california/route/
Or here:http://www.amgentourofcalifornia.com/stages.html

Hope this helps

John

Thanks for the links, I didn't realize that had updated the site. I'm in Santa Monica. I'm planning on going the day before and finding a motel close by (I can then scout out the area before hand) and walking to up the pass or drive up early that day and find somewhere close by to park and walk as well. I've driven up that pass, my memory is a bit hazy of it, but I recall it is narrow without too much of a shoulder. I'm thinking parking there might be difficult and I'm uncertain of what further constraints will be placed because of the race. Any info out there on that?

Thanks again.
 

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I'm still trying to figure out what happened to the stage that was supposed to be in Sacramento and the one up to Tahoe????? :confused: I wa pretty excited about those as I live in Sacramento...... completely bummed !
 

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This time of year the weather would be too sketchy to have a stage up in the Sierras with all the ice and snow. However, I can't see why Sacramento wouldn't work. Maybe next year a stage from Old Town Sac, down the central valley to Tracy, over Patterson Pass/Livermore/Castro Valley and end in San Jose! That would be a tough stage!
 

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johngfoster said:
This time of year the weather would be too sketchy to have a stage up in the Sierras with all the ice and snow. However, I can't see why Sacramento wouldn't work. Maybe next year a stage from Old Town Sac, down the central valley to Tracy, over Patterson Pass/Livermore/Castro Valley and end in San Jose! That would be a tough stage!
Yes, I'm sure they'll vary the course from year to year like the TdF. I know someone was also expressing their disappointment in the Southern California RBR forum that the ToC only goes as far south as LA. San Diego (and Sacramento) will make it on the list another year especially if it rains a lot along the course this year!
 

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A day like yesterday

Let's hope the weather for the Norcal stages is like yesterday's- crisp, clear, windy in the hills and warm by the bay. An east wind may push 'em along some, but 30+ mph gusts would make stage 2 in the East Bay pretty interesting!
 

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johngfoster said:
Anyone going to the Tour of California? If so, what stage? I'm planning to scope out a spot on San Marcos Pass rd (Hwy 154) near the top on stage 5 and then also try to catch the final stage in Redondo Beach.
I heard the ToC wasn't getting cooperation on a road closure on Hwy 154 and that they might have to redo that section of the route. It might be resolved by now with a nice payoff to the local police.
 
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