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    BF Tour of California Viewing Plans?

    It may seem early, but it is 68 days till the start of the Tour of California. So I thought it would be good to start a BF viewing thread here. I'm planning to take a week off from work (just because I missed the past two years due to work related stuff).

    So the big question is, where are all the hot viewing spots?

    Who is going to try and see every stage?
    I'm in it to finish it.

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    I work just a stone's throw from the end of stage 2. I'll be at the finish in Capitol City. It's going to be great. Too bad it's on a school/work day because I'd love to take both of my kiddos.

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    I'm considering skipping out on work and going to see the Wednesday climb up Sierra Road.
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    I just looked on the official website and there are a lot of volunteer positions available. You can do the start/end of a particular stage which is cool. You get VIP treatment/access and have a blast "working it" I'm sure. I'm thinking about it.
    However, there's one position I would like to pass on: I don't want to escort riders to their post-race drug test.

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    I'll be watching from a chase car for the entire race(it's not what ya know, but who!).

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    Quote Originally Posted by minivandriveby View Post
    I just looked on the official website and there are a lot of volunteer positions available. You can do the start/end of a particular stage which is cool. You get VIP treatment/access and have a blast "working it" I'm sure. I'm thinking about it.
    However, there's one position I would like to pass on: I don't want to escort riders to their post-race drug test.
    I've worked the Tour ever since it's start 2 years ago. Last year I was one of those guys escorting the riders to their post race drug test. Great opportunity to get some autographs and last year I got a team jersey from the guy I escorted.
    They call me "Mr. Mixte"

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    Quote Originally Posted by cccorlew View Post
    I'm considering skipping out on work and going to see the Wednesday climb up Sierra Road.
    That stage will be interesting. They'll be climbing Mt. Hamilton from the back side (coming up from Patterson), then heading over to Sierra. Wonder which will be the better spot.
    I'm in it to finish it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by minivandriveby View Post
    However, there's one position I would like to pass on: I don't want to escort riders to their post-race drug test.
    Why not? That will be an experience you'll never forget ... and will want to.
    I'm in it to finish it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by spingineer View Post
    Why not? That will be an experience you'll never forget ... and will want to.
    We took a week off an followed the race last year. At least the northern part. The top of Colman Valley climb from the coast was awsome. Lots of crazy fans, wine and cheese like the Alps during the tour. We actually sagged a member of Priority Health who had switched out wheels with a team mate back to the finish with his bike on our rack! We watched them fly down Oakville grade in Napa, and Cathy and I chased them down on our bikes after they went by, she had the leaders jersey and I had the Mountain jersey, and the crowds cheered and laughed as we flew by! It was friggin Insane!!
    We're booking a room up in Windsor this year for it, and will definitely follow down to Hamilton.
    I would suggest Colman valley climb as a good spot for that leg. plenty of parking and elbow room.
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    DH and I are going to take off at least the first half of that week to follow the tour.

    We'll definitely go see the prologue in Palo Alto.

    Stage 1 we'll probably be on Coleman Valley Road. We're planning to overnight in Santa Rosa and hopefully we'll get to see the start of stage 2 the following morning.

    For stage 2, like last year we'll probably start out in Winters and ride our bikes westward up Rt. 128 to the top of Cardiac Hill and watch from there.

    For stage 3, we'll ride our bikes up Sierra Road (sloooowly ) and watch from a switchback about 2/3 of the way to the summit, which has a great view of the road below. We've done that for the last two years. The good part about being 2/3 of the way up is that there is enough time to ride back down Sierra Rd to Piedmont Rd to see the peleton whizz by there.

    We thought about perhaps going down to Solvang for the TT but we're not sure, depends on work.
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    i signed up to be a course marshal when they come into sacramento.

    my dads friend goes down to solvang every year and is a marshal for the TT.

    should be fun.

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    So where's the best spot to park your butt for the prologue? It's in my backyard!
    I'm in it to finish it.

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    Well I can tell you the Oval is going to suck. It's anti-stadium seating so no one but the outside row will be able to see, plus it'll probably be packed. I'd imagine the best spaces will be along palm drive.

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    *** BUMP ***

    Ya know, this thing is right around the corner. Where is everybody meeting? Maybe a separate thread is needed for each day, huh?
    I'm in it to finish it.

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    Last year I took an extended lunch hour to watch the finish of Stage 2 This year, I think I'm just going to ask for the entire day off. I am entitled to a personal holiday after all.
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    I volunteered to be the medical escort or course marshal for the Prolouge. I am going to ride down from San Mateo in the AM. Figure volunteering gets me closer to the teams

    Stage 3 I plan on riding up Hamilton, watching the race at the summit, and riding down into SJ while they do Sierra so I can watch the finish down in San Jose.

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    We're going to Palo Alto Sunday. Monday, Sausalito to Santa Rosa, we'll ride from the beginning of Samuel P. Taylor park to Pt. Reyes station 20 mile round trip, to watch them ride by and have lunch. I'll post that a week before if anyone wants to go with us.
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    Quote Originally Posted by taxi777 View Post
    We're going to Palo Alto Sunday. Monday, Sausalito to Santa Rosa, we'll ride from the beginning of Samuel P. Taylor park to Pt. Reyes station 20 mile round trip, to watch them ride by and have lunch. I'll post that a week before if anyone wants to go with us.
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    A ride out to Pt. Reyes that Monday sounds excellent.

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    We usually park at the entrance of Samuel P Taylor park off of Sir Francis Drake Blvd. It's a pretty stunning ride through the park. Sounds like maybe we'll be having a group coming. This will be great! We could continue on after the race and make it a group ride over to Nicasio or Marshall and around for those interested. It's a possibility for anyone feeling energetic to see the race at the start in Sausalito then spin around the northside of Tam via Corte Madera, Fairfax, Park and meet up in Pt. Reyes station to catch the racers again as the come up the coast.
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    Quote Originally Posted by taxi777 View Post
    We usually park at the entrance of Samuel P Taylor park off of Sir Francis Drake Blvd. It's a pretty stunning ride through the park. Sounds like maybe we'll be having a group coming. This will be great! We could continue on after the race and make it a group ride over to Nicasio or Marshall and around for those interested. It's a possibility for anyone feeling energetic to see the race at the start in Sausalito then spin around the northside of Tam via Corte Madera, Fairfax, Park and meet up in Pt. Reyes station to catch the racers again as the come up the coast.
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    That's cool. Let's make it a BF ride, for those that can take the time off.
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    Quote Originally Posted by spingineer View Post
    That's cool. Let's make it a BF ride, for those that can take the time off.
    When is this exactly? So I can put my day off in.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mtnwalker View Post
    When is this exactly? So I can put my day off in.
    Here's some info
    http://www.amgentourofcalifornia.com/

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    Quote Originally Posted by spingineer View Post
    That's cool. Let's make it a BF ride, for those that can take the time off.
    Hey Ron maybe if you're taking the week off, you can set up some group ride/viewing for the Calaveras/Hamilton leg of the race. I'd make time to get down for that.
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    Anyone want to meet up for the ride down to Palo Alto?

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