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    Going to Tour of California next month?

    I'm excited to be going out to CA next month to follow the Tour of California. Hoping to get to watch the first 5 stages. I also am bringing my bike and want to ride some of the race route and get up a couple of those big climbs to cheer the racers. Anyone have any experience in watching the ToC?
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    It's coming to me...

    I've watched one stage each of the past two years-- the circuit race portions are good because you see them more than once. When we watched at the top of Balcom Canyon (steepest climb in the race) they were still gone in just a few tens of seconds, then we raced to get to the finishing circuit to watch a few loops.
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    I'll probably be riding my bike 4 miles to the Rose Bowl to see the finish.

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    my plan this year is to attend and photograph the prologue, stage 3 sierra road climb and the ITT in solvang, where we already have reservations.

    let's hope for good weather. it's been an unusually cold and wet winter. mount hamilton and surrounding peaks look like the frigging alps .

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    Ride up Sierra Rd (last climb on the modesto to san jose stage) and cheer from the top. There's usually a big crowd, all of whom have ridden up. Mt Hamilton will be closed to bikes early in the morning, and the east side would not be good viewing anyhow since they'll be descending that. You'd have to get to the west side. That is one of my favorite climbs but it will be tough to get to for the race and not worth having to hang out at the top of Mt Hamilton for hours.

    It's been pretty cold on Mt Hamilton each of the last two years when I have ridden it before riding the Sierra rd climb. There's 6" of snow on it now and the temps' 28 degrees as I write this (today's high: 32).

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    Quote Originally Posted by ericm979 View Post
    Ride up Sierra Rd (last climb on the modesto to san jose stage) and cheer from the top. There's usually a big crowd, all of whom have ridden up. Mt Hamilton will be closed to bikes early in the morning, and the east side would not be good viewing anyhow since they'll be descending that. You'd have to get to the west side. That is one of my favorite climbs but it will be tough to get to for the race and not worth having to hang out at the top of Mt Hamilton for hours.

    It's been pretty cold on Mt Hamilton each of the last two years when I have ridden it before riding the Sierra rd climb. There's 6" of snow on it now and the temps' 28 degrees as I write this (today's high: 32).
    I think you are wrong, sir. They will be ascending the east side of Mt. Hamilton (San Antonio Rd.) and descending the west (San Jose) side. I plan to climb Mt. Hamilton and descend a mile or two on San Antonio Rd. to watch the climb. If I'm lucky I can do the descent and get to downtown San Jose to watch the finish.
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    Ive got VIP tickets to the ToC for the finish in San Luis Obispo *****es, which means I get an awesome view of the sprint finish instead of getting violated by a fire hydrant like i did last year as i tried to see over all the spectators. Also, i believe there are tv's to see the racers up until they arrive, i get a free ToC jersey, and there will be food. Not to mention ill be able to mingle with the racers after the finish. Top that.

    Also, if you want some good riding of the route i recommend Highway 1 from Seaside to San Luis Obispo. Back in Oct my team and I rode up Highway 1 from SLO to Big Sur and it was AWESOME!. Beautiful ocean cliff views on one side and huge green forest trees on the other.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bitingduck View Post
    It's coming to me....
    damn straight.

    i signed up to be a course marshal when it comes through Sacramento, but i havent heard anything from them yet.
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