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Old 07-23-08, 07:53 AM
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2009 Amgen Tour Route

Good news if you live in the Valley...
* Stage 1, Saturday, Feb. 14 Sacramento
* Stage 2, Sunday, Feb. 15 Davis to Santa Rosa
* Stage 3, Monday, Feb. 16 Sausalito to Santa Cruz
* Stage 4, Tuesday, Feb. 17 San Jose to Modesto
* Stage 5, Wednesday, Feb. 18 Merced to Clovis
* Stage 6, Thursday, Feb. 19 Visalia to Paso Robles
* Stage 7, Friday, Feb. 20 Solvang (individual time trial)
* Stage 8, Saturday, Feb. 21 Santa Clarita to Pasadena
* Stage 9, Sunday, Feb. 22 Rancho Bernardo to Escondido
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Old 07-23-08, 07:55 AM
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Big news for Sac and Davis!
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Old 07-23-08, 08:31 AM
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Stage 1 is supposed to do some parade laps downtown, then head out for 80 miles, then come back in. It'd be cool if they'd head out east towards the foothills. I wonder if Stage 4 will reverse the route they took last year? Sierra Road first, then Mt Hamilton?
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Does this mean the race will go across the GG Bridge? KILLER!
I can hardly wait for the maps.
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Old 07-23-08, 09:01 AM
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Originally Posted by cccorlew View Post
Does this mean the race will go across the GG Bridge? KILLER!
I can hardly wait for the maps.
Yep. Beginning of Stage 3:


http://www.steephill.tv/tour-of-california/




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Old 07-23-08, 09:40 AM
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I'm soo excited!!

It's Valentine's Day too...hope your SO's like bike racing!!
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Old 07-23-08, 09:44 AM
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I think I'm calling in sick on Feb 14th and 15th...*cough* *cough*
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Old 07-23-08, 09:57 AM
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Race start in Sac is going to be AWESOME
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Old 07-23-08, 10:20 AM
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I am pretty excited for the Sacramento stage..I might even go to the Davis stage.
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Yeah, looks pretty cool with totally different routes this year.

First 3 stages are president's day weekend, so I plan to go to all 3.

Heck, may as well take Tuesday off too and make it a 4 day weekend. I hope they go over Hamilton on the way to Modesto.
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Old 07-23-08, 11:00 AM
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No Mt. Hamilton? Are there any mountains on the route?
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Originally Posted by johnny99 View Post
No Mt. Hamilton? Are there any mountains on the route?
San Jose to Modesto, I assume will go over Hamilton.
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Old 07-23-08, 11:58 AM
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Originally Posted by BenRidin View Post
San Jose to Modesto, I assume will go over Hamilton.
Yeah, maybe Sierra too but things would come together before the sprint in Modesto... what a waste of good hills.

I think this course stinks.
1. No prologue... less fun.

2. GGB stage is just a gimmick, they'll probably have a police protected parade though Frisco and then turn 'em loose in Half Moon Bay or something. There was a stage of the Tour de Trump that did 25 miles of Fred pace in NYC before they dropped the flag in New Jersey

3. Sierra foothills stage ends in Clovis - there's a nice advertisement for California tourism.
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Correct me if I'm wrong, but hasn't there never been a mountain finish in the history of the race?

Personally, I think Diablo would be roughly the greatest finish line in the history of professional cycling. Even Alpe d'Huez flattens out at the top.
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Peloton on GG Bridge will yield some truly spectacular aerials.

Some of the transfers are STUPID long. Paso to Solvang (2.5-3 hours), Solvang to Santa Clarita (3 hours), Pasadena to Rancho Bernardo (4.5 hours).
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If they're going to do 80 miles outside of Sacramento, that's not quite enough to do a Folsom Lake loop. But there are some nice rollers towards El Dorado Hill and Jackson.

They're talking about having a women's pro crit around the Capitol while the peleton is out on the road. Please, please, please have a Cat 4 men's race too!
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I am taking the whole week off. So much right in my backyard
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Originally Posted by jimples View Post
Correct me if I'm wrong, but hasn't there never been a mountain finish in the history of the race?

Personally, I think Diablo would be roughly the greatest finish line in the history of professional cycling. Even Alpe d'Huez flattens out at the top.
Actually prologue or TT up Mt. Diablo sounds nice.
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That Sausalito->Santa Cruz stage is gonna be cool
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I'm going to miss the PA prologue. It was nice to see all the teams riding around in the area the week before, guess now I'll have to head up to Sac. Hopefully Sierra Rd. is in the mix again, that was a good section to watch at.
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Originally Posted by UmneyDurak View Post
Actually prologue or TT up Mt. Diablo sounds nice.
They've got to think race strategy and they have to be realistic. Right now seems like they're mostly considering how to make the most money for the most host cities.

2009 ToC looks like it'll be decided by the ITT, just like every previous edition.

The hills are really fun for fans, but they just haven't been very effective at making a selection for GC.

Circuit races and downtown finishes are fun and profitable for the host cities, but again, not very strategic.

Imagine this: Start in the Southland with a prologue and a couple sprinters' stages, have an ITT about Stage 3, work north with a penultimate stage that finishes on top of Diablo (or even Junction so everyone can get back down easier) and then a circuit race around Sac for a finale and photos with Arnold. That would require true Grand Tour competition to win.

Walnut Creek could be the host city for the end of the Diablo stage (maybe the route could be around the Mountain and WC could be the start city as well?) and after the finish they would have the podium ceremony and Expo at Heather Farms or something.
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Originally Posted by DiabloScott View Post
...Right now seems like they're mostly considering how to make the most money for the most host cities....Walnut Creek could be the host city for the end of the Diablo stage (maybe the route could be around the Mountain and WC could be the start city as well?) and after the finish they would have the podium ceremony and Expo at Heather Farms or something.
Typically a city has to sell the orgainizers on why they should be able to host a start or finish. It took a lot of work, I mean A LOT OF WORK two years ago to get our town to host a start.
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Clovis will look good on TV, what with it's old west look small town thing going. In reality the place is the pits, right next to Fresno but without the charm....
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heh, yeah, Clovis is pretty bad.
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Sausalito to Santa Cruz, then San Jose to Modesto? Strange geographical decisions there, unless they decide to do something like Kings Mountain, or Big Basin.
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