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Old 11-05-13, 03:50 PM   #1
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2014 Amgen Tour of California Host Cities

http://www.amgentourofcalifornia.com/Route/cities.html

The 13 Host City partners for the 2014 Amgen Tour of California include:

Stage 1: Sunday, May 11 Sacramento
Stage 2: Monday, May 12 Folsom (Individual Time Trial)
Stage 3: Tuesday, May 13 San Jose to Mount Diablo
Stage 4: Wednesday, May 14 Monterey to Cambria
Stage 5: Thursday, May 15 Pismo Beach to Santa Barbara
Stage 6: Friday, May 16 Santa Clarita to Mountain High
Stage 7: Saturday, May 17 Santa Clarita to Pasadena
Stage 8: Sunday, May 18 Thousand Oaks
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Old 11-05-13, 04:47 PM   #2
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Hell yes!! Diablo finish
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Old 11-05-13, 05:36 PM   #3
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Hell yes!! Diablo finish
Awesome... except it's on a Tuesday so the crowd will be a little thinner than this year.

I'm guessing they'll do Sierra and Calaveras... to soften up the legs a bit first.



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Here's a curious tidbit regarding Stage 4 Monterey - Cambria from KSBW:

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When KSBW called Monterey city leaders for their reaction Tuesday afternoon, they said they were surprised and completely caught off guard by the decision, because they never asked to be part of the race.

Usually a city makes a pitch to Amgen organizers asking to be a stop on the race route. But Monterey spokeswoman Anne McGrath said no one in Monterey ever asked, and now city leaders are unsure how they will prepare for the big athletic event.
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Old 11-06-13, 09:59 AM   #5
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Awesome... except it's on a Tuesday so the crowd will be a little thinner than this year.

I'm guessing they'll do Sierra and Calaveras... to soften up the legs a bit first.

Yes, that sounds correct. This year it was north side of MT, so Sierra Rd will be similar. Plus it's the logical backroad way to Diablo from SJ. After Calevaras, I wonder if they would go up the San Ramon Valley corridor, or Palomares/Crow Canyon...

I hope Diablo represents again, for sure we'll be there. This should be a staple of the race every year! But one of these years, I really hope they try to go back to the Sierra/Tahoe. It's kind of embarrassing when year after year we get helicopter shots of the central valley and the lovely "oil fields of Bakersfield".
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Old 11-06-13, 09:15 PM   #6
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Looking forward to the start in Sac and Folsom TT. Its awesome they use Diablo again for a stage finish. I do miss the Santa Rosa start or finish.
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I got to marshal a section of the stage that went through Folsom last time around. Hope to do so again in '14.
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I am definitely playing hooky from work this year to go see it. I was just looking at the camping reservations for Mount Diablo during that time and saw it was unavailable for that period. Does anyone know if they close the campgrounds during that week?
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They were closed the on race day and the night before. That may change for 2014.
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Old 11-08-13, 03:37 PM   #10
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Here's a curious tidbit regarding Stage 4 Monterey - Cambria from KSBW:
I wonder where they'll go...I'm sure Pebble Beach will be the big attraction.
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I wonder where they'll go...I'm sure Pebble Beach will be the big attraction.
They will obviously go down Highway 1 since they are going to Cambria. The access to Hwy1 from Pebble Beach is not great for a peloton. Besides they are already going down the coast, no need for the scenery of 17 Mile Drive. Not sure where the starting point will be, but traffic will be a nightmare since Hwy1 is pretty much the only road.
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They will obviously go down Highway 1 since they are going to Cambria. The access to Hwy1 from Pebble Beach is not great for a peloton. Besides they are already going down the coast, no need for the scenery of 17 Mile Drive. Not sure where the starting point will be, but traffic will be a nightmare since Hwy1 is pretty much the only road.
That would be awesome if they start at Laguna Seca and go up Laureles Grade within the first 5 miles. OUCH. But I could not see them go through 17 mile drive.
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Awww... no Amgen in my backyard this year.
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That would be awesome if they start at Laguna Seca and go up Laureles Grade within the first 5 miles. OUCH. But I could not see them go through 17 mile drive.
They did Laureles Grade two years ago: http://www.strava.com/activities/589805 It is not that hard, even I can do it in less than 20 minutes.

I still think they will go down Hwy 1 to Cambria, so I am not sure they would ride Laureles Grade. That would mean going into Carmel Valley and then head back north to connect with Hwy 1. That would close off Hwy 68, Laureles Grade, Carmel Valley Road and Hwy 1. In other words, every road in the area.
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