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Old 01-28-09, 10:02 AM   #26
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I will be on the south grade...right about the first turn out. we will be riding up from Harrah's cause that's we Ben and i are staying from the night before. once they go by we are going to try to ride our bikes to Cole's grade...we'll see if they will let us or not, if not we'll see them go by the bottom of the south grade
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I will be on the south grade...right about the first turn out. we will be riding up from Harrah's cause that's we Ben and i are staying from the night before. once they go by we are going to try to ride our bikes to Cole's grade...we'll see if they will let us or not, if not we'll see them go by the bottom of the south grade
Some debauchery Saturday night at Harrah's and then pedal over Sunday morning to watch the race. Good call!

What time do you think you'd have to leave Harrah's to steak out a good spot?
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I'll be on upper palomar.
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I'm planning to drive over from SD in the morning, park at Harrah's and ride South Grade - I would also like to know roughly what time would be good to leave Harrah's? Cheers.

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it would be cool to meet up and do that. as the day comes closer i am trying to figure out the details. i almost want to drive there before hand to scope it out...but i really do not want to drive there. so i am relying on word of mouth for best spots..sounds like park at harrahs...then ride.
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I suspect that Harrah's is going to be overwhelmed with spectators parking in their lot. They may tolerate some people, but at some point, I would expect to see them close the lot for the use of their customers. You might want to start scoping out the lots on the west side of the I-15/Hwy 76 interchange. I will see if I can secure permission to have cars park in the dirt lot and report back to the forum. I'll also confirm with Valley View Casino that you can use one of their lower lots.
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I suspect that Harrah's is going to be overwhelmed with spectators parking in their lot. They may tolerate some people, but at some point, I would expect to see them close the lot for the use of their customers. You might want to start scoping out the lots on the west side of the I-15/Hwy 76 interchange. I will see if I can secure permission to have cars park in the dirt lot and report back to the forum. I'll also confirm with Valley View Casino that you can use one of their lower lots.
You might also try the Pala Casino. It's 4 miles closer than 15/76 and has a parking structure.

If anyone wants to go with me, I'm thinking of parking at OCRR in San Marcos and riding to Lake Wohlford or Cole Gr. Rd.
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What time would you expect the riders to get to the bottom of South Grade (on their way up)?
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Some debauchery Saturday night at Harrah's and then pedal over Sunday morning to watch the race. Good call!

What time do you think you'd have to leave Harrah's to steak out a good spot?
i would think about 3-4 hours before they are expected to arrive...it'll take about an hour maybe to get to where we wanna be. should be a good time..

we'll work out the stuff if you wanna ride up with us.
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What time would you expect the riders to get to the bottom of South Grade (on their way up)?
1:30 p.m.
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i would think about 3-4 hours before they are expected to arrive...it'll take about an hour maybe to get to where we wanna be. should be a good time..

we'll work out the stuff if you wanna ride up with us.
Thanks I appreciate the offer. I'm tentatively planning to park at Harrah's, if possible, and pedal with a friend up to the top, if possible. My friend thinks we have to get there approximately FIVE HOURS EARLY to insure (1) parking and (2) bicycle access.

Another mutual friend of ours is volunteering at stage 8. He just went to a staff meeting and he said he thought that once they close the road they also close it to prohibit cycling. He's going to check it out and let me know. I'll post here if he gives me any definitive information.

I would also consider staying at Harrah's, the night before, but I called them and they said the cheapest room they had was about $300.00.
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Hi,

So does anyone know if they are doing finishing circuits at the end? The do that at a number of the finishes, at least in the past. If so, my wife and I may end up at the finish so that we can see them a few times. Otherwise I've got to figure out the logistics of getting on to the biggest climb to watch.

BTW, I'll also be at Solvang for the TT.
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This page will tell you almost to the minute where they will be during the entire race. http://www.amgentourofcalifornia.com/Route/stages.html
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No circuits in Escondido. We are doing circuits on Stage 1, 3, and 7.
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My revised plan is to try and find a good spot somewhere near the bottom of South Grade so I can watch the Peleton go by twice. Once on the way up and once on the way down.

I'm still trying to figure out when I need to arrive and where to park, given the potential problem with road closures and lack of parking. There is now updated information on the San Diego North Chamber of Commerce web site. http://www.sandiegonorth.com/amgen/parking.html
Go to Race Day Info, scroll down and hit Transportation \ Parking, then about half way down click on "road closures". I'm pretty unfamiliar with this area so I haven't quite figured it out yet.
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We'll have the four kids with us, so we'll likely just be at the finish and watching on the big screens. Maybe try for one of the first two KOM points, but I'm not sure.
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We'll have the four kids with us, so we'll likely just be at the finish and watching on the big screens. Maybe try for one of the first two KOM points, but I'm not sure.
Because of your prime location, you and G should plan on making it to stage 7 and 8. Head up to Mill Creek summit for stage 7, and then the finish at stage 8. Can the 4 kids climb up Angeles Forest at 9 am? At least you'll be there at the end. I'm gonna make it simple and be at the Rose Bowl for stage 7. That's the plan unless I buy a new bike this week and get all frisky and ride up AF for the summit.
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My friend, who is working at Stage 8, just told me that he was informed that if Mt. Palomar has snow the organizers may change the route at the last minute.
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There will be no bus/shuttle service to any portion of Palomar or even to the base. Thought about it, but it would be too difficult to get shuttle back to get people. The Palomar fire department (at the KOM) is going to have a big screen set up so you can watch the the race. They will also be selling coffee, hot chocolate, hot dogs, chili, etc. Enjoy the race and help out the volunteer fire department.
The Trek San Diego store has a private bus going up Palomar. But it's $100/person, so I'm out.
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If the peloton is expected to arrive at around 3:30, what time would you suggest getting to the finish? I figure the earlier the better, but I don't want to be there at 10 and have to wait forever, unless getting there later means I can't see anything.

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Another mutual friend of ours is volunteering at stage 8. He just went to a staff meeting and he said he thought that once they close the road they also close it to prohibit cycling. He's going to check it out and let me know. I'll post here if he gives me any definitive information.

Any word on bikes on South Grade after the scheduled 9am "closed to cars" notice from Amgen?
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Any word on bikes on South Grade after the scheduled 9am "closed to cars" notice from Amgen?
+1. Anyone know?
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Any word on bikes on South Grade after the scheduled 9am "closed to cars" notice from Amgen?
I can't get a straight answer from anyone. And I've requested this info from many different sources.
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What's the situation with East Grade closure on Sunday, please? Considering the possibility that South Grade is closed to bikes from 9am (seems unreasonable but nobody knows), my 'plan B' was to head East on 76 and take Palomar 'from behind' on the East Grade... Considering I will have to lug some warm clothes and food up there, the easier climb sounds appealing right now!
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