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Old 01-25-09, 08:52 PM   #1
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Ride to TOC 2/21/09

. Who is planning what for the 7th stage from Santa Clarita to the Rose Bowl? I think a good plan for me will be to watch them come up and over Mill Creek Summit from Acton. If the weather is good I will ride up Big T to Angeles Forest and on up to Mill Creek starting on Foothill. I do that ride often and park at the Rec Center in Lakeview Terrace or somewhere around Oro Vista on Foothill . The race log puts them coming through around 1:30 pm whew, so if I start at 8am there should be plenty of time to continue on up to Mt. Gleason and come back down to MC. From the Gleason Road you can see down into Aliso Cyn. I hope the weather is better than last year or I'll be driving up if it's raining/snowing. It will seem strange not doing repeats on Balcom like previous years but this ride can get ya at least 8k in 70 ish miles

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Old 01-26-09, 06:53 AM   #2
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I'll be up at Mill Creek but I'll be starting in Lancaster. I also hope the weather is better than last year. I froze my ass off up there. Luckily Bicycle John's had that big grill I could stand near to warm up a little.
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Old 01-26-09, 02:14 PM   #3
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I wanted to try out the view on Balcom last year, but the weather was an issue. When I heard the race was going up Palomar this year, I initially wanted to be there at the top. But then I read an article (posted I forget where, perhaps from a Twitter link) that detailed the viewing options on Palomar, and it sounded quite restrictive unless you live in the immediate area and know those roads well. Just too many people, and if you didn't ride your bike up early then hope and pray for a prime viewing spot, you'd have to stake a claim the day before, which would mean driving up then hoping and praying for a parking spot along with the other rabid fans. Plus sleep in your car overnight. So for my purposes, somewhere along AFH or ACH makes more sense. It's either going to be up at MCS, or at the bottom of ACH just before the 210 when they'll be flying at 60+. Might even try for a view along the Rose Bowl circuit.
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There was no weather issue on Balcom last year, Kidd.
It was, however, cold and rainy and windy on AFH. I drove up there and walked in past the barriers. There were only a handful of people spread out over miles of road, you could go anywhere you wanted. I didn't go to MCS so it may have been crowded there. Also, I think they leave ACH before the horrible steep section at the bottom just to keep them off of that part. Besides, if you were there and they went by, it would be over in about 1.5 seconds and you wouldn't see anything. You can get better pictures watching a steep climb. Even then they go by pretty quick. Mind blowing, actually.
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Hey big john, what do you think the crowds will be like this year with LA back in the saddle? We'll be sure to get advance notice on the previous stages. Should be fun!

More and more I'm thinking, for my interests, finding a spot along the loop circuit around the Rose Bowl, if not the finishing line itself, sounds like more fun. For one thing I want to videotape some action, and seeing them loop around a few times would offer the best opportunity for the most footage.
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The L.A. thing might bring out more people and the Rose Bowl might get crowded. umd was there last year and took some good shots, including this one of Zirbel trying to get away.
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I just asked my GF if she'd like to go watch, and she was suprisingly stoked on the idea (must be the thought of all the lycra). She lives in Ventura so we're going to scoot across the 101 early in the morning and find a good spot to park and setup.

I've never been to Pasadena before. ANY recommendations on parking or viewing strategy around the Rose Bowl would be greatly appreciated! Any one have suggestions for timing of visit to the vendor tents, eating etc.-- is it wise to do that stuff before or after the race? Things like that.

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Incycle, in conjunction with Cannondale, will be holding a group ride on Saturday, February 21st that will ride out to Pasadena for stage 7 of the Amgen Tour of California. Cannondale is offering a few Supersix's, Six Carbons, and Synapse's to ride. To participate go to any Incycle location and put a bike on hold. To take a Cannondale on the ride, you must reserve a bike in advanced. Each participating rider is required to bring their essential riding gear ( pedals, shoes, clothing, and helmets). The helmet is a must for the ride.

Everyone will meet in front of the San Dimas shop on February 21st at 7AM for a small breakfast before departing. On arrival at the Rose Bowl, the riders will be greeted with a BBQ put on by Incycle and Cannondale. After the festivities, shuttle rides will be available back to San Dimas. If you would like to ride back, you must have your personal bike to ride home. If you would like, we will take your personal bike to the race inside one of our vans. All Cannondale demo bikes will be returned to Cannondale once we reach Pasadena.

This is a great way to test out the great bikes that Cannondale has to offer. It is also a fun group ride to watch the worlds best professional racers compete.

http://incycle.com/page.cfm?pageId=387
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