2009 Amgen Tour of California - StaGE TWO
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SAUSALITO is the Stage 2 Start for
2009 Amgen Tour of California

World-Class Professional Cyclists Will Return to California in February to Compete
Across 800 Miles of the State in Nine-Day Stage Race

The record-setting Amgen Tour of California professional cycling road race has expanded in 2009 and includes stops in 16 host cities over the course of nine days from February 14-22.  Already considered cycling’s most important and successful road race in the United States, the event’s fourth running will cover more than 800 miles over the nine days.  Traveling almost the entire length of California, the race will begin in the state’s capital, Sacramento, and end in San Diego County (a new addition to the race) with a finish in Escondido on February 22.   Also for the first time, the riders will cross the Golden Gate Bridge at the beginning of Stage 2. 

The 16 official stage start and finish cities for the 2009 race include eight new locales – Davis, Santa Cruz, Merced, Clovis, Visalia, Paso Robles, Rancho Bernardo and Escondido – that will join Sacramento, Santa Rosa, Sausalito, San Jose, Modesto, Solvang, Santa Clarita and Pasadena as host cities along the route. 

Stage Two will start in Sausalito on Monday, February 16, cross the Golden Gate Bridge and finish in Santa Cruz.  “The City of Sausalito is thrilled to be hosting the Amgen Tour of California bike race for the fourth consecutive year, partnering with the Golden Gate Bridge District and the City of San Francisco in what will be an historic Stage Two of this internationally acclaimed sporting event. Join us President’s Day Weekend as the cyclists depart Sausalito and ride across the Golden Gate Bridge for the very first time,’ said Amy Belser, Mayor of Sausalito. “We welcome all visitors to our scenic waterfront community and promise you an unforgettable experience.”

The center of activities on race day will be the Big Bike Tent on Spinnaker Drive in downtown Sausalito. Come early to “Autograph Alley” to watch the racers sign in and get signatures from some of the participating teams prior to the start. The race will start promptly at 8:30 a.m. and riders will make two loops down Bridgeway and Caledonia Streets, then head up Alexander Avenue to the Golden Gate Bridge.

VIP Ride: A limited number of VIP cyclists will have the opportunity of a lifetime: to pedal across the Golden Gate Bridge, following cycling legend Lance Armstrong -- 7-time winner of the Tour de France -- and the ATOC peloton as they ride to Santa Cruz. This is an historic ride – no bike race has ever crossed the bridge before and you can be a part of it! Click here for more information.

Expo: Sausalito will host an Expo from 8:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. under the Big Bike Tent, with sponsors, bicycling and health vendors and others. Admission is FREE! Click here for more information.

Biker’s Brunch: For the best seat in town to watch the entire STAGE TWO from Sausalito to Santa Cruz, come down to the Big Bike Tent for live satellite feed on BIG SCREEN televisions. Click here for more information.

For visitor information, go to www.sausalito.org

For additional information about the Amgen Tour of California, see www.amgentourofcalifornia.com.

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  Top Viewing Spots
 

Sausalito, CA is a charming waterfront community just across the Golden Gate Bridge from San Francisco. Because of its Mediterranean flair and breathtaking views, it is often compared to the French Riviera.
A historic town that dates back over 100 years before the California Gold rush, Sausalito now blends the best of old world character and new world amenities. Visitors and residents stroll along the water and watch the sea lions cavort, rest in the downtown plaza with its splashing fountain, soak up the ambiance in the many open air cafes, browse through the unique boutiques and art galleries, or wander along the bayside marinas. Sausalito is famous for its houseboats and its artist studios, as well as the world-class venue it provides for biking, hiking and boating.

The Race ALWAYS starts on time so choose your favorite viewing site and be on time! The cyclists will be riding in “neutral” but they whiz past in seconds.

DOWNTOWN SAUSALITO, 7:30am-8:30am. The race will start at Spinnaker Drive in downtown Sausalito. The cyclists will also be available to meet and greet prior to the race when they are registering. Cyclists will make two circular loops down Bridgeway and around Caledonia Street.

CALEDONIA STREET, 8:30am. Streets will be blocked off, but spectators are invited to gather on sidewalks for close viewing of the cyclists in action. Spectators on Caledonia and on Bridgeway north of downtown Sausalito will get to see the cyclists go past twice.

ON THE SIDEWALKS ALONG BRIDGEWAY TO SECOND AND UP ALEXANDER, 8:30am-8:45am. The cyclists will head south out of town down Bridgeway to Alexander and up to the Golden Gate Bridge. Catching the cyclists on the uphill grade always makes for good viewing. The sidewalks and paths along the route will be monitored by course marshals, so please obey all instructions and stay OUT of the path of the oncoming cyclists. Alexander will be closed to all vehicular traffic at 6am so you will need to park in town and hike or bike to your viewing spot. NO vehicle parking will be allowed on Alexander Avenue.

ON THE GOLDEN GATE BRIDGE, 8:30am-9am. The East sidewalk will open to pedestrians at 5am. NO BICYCLES will be allowed on the East sidewalk (as is normal on weekends/holidays) The West sidewalk will be open to Bicycles ONLY starting at 5am (as is normal on weekends/holidays). Valet bike parking will be provided for free on the north end at Vista Point and at the south end in the southeast visitor area.

The public is advised that access to the Golden Gate Bridge sidewalks will be very difficult between 5am-10am due to closures to parking areas and access roads throughout the area. Alternate access routes to the Bridge sidewalks will have to be used; the public will be able to access the sidewalks via Battery East Road on the south end and via Conzelman Road from East Fort Baker on the north end.

Choose one place or the other. Due to road closures, spectators will not be able to navigate between locations. There will be great photo ops at ALL locations.

 

 

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