DON’T MISS THE 4TH ANNUAL AMGEN TOUR OF CALIFORNIA
Historic Crossing of the Golden Gate Bridge
Stage Two – Sausalito to Santa Cruz
Monday, February 16th President’s Day Weekend
Want to get up close and personal with a world class peloton of professional cyclists, including Lance Armstrong and Levi Leipheimer*?
Make plans now to be in Sausalito EARLY Monday morning, February 16th. The race starts at 8:30 AM from downtown Sausalito in front of the Spinnaker Restaurant. The cyclists will make two parade loops down Caledonia Street and then head over the Golden Gate Bridge – the first time ever that a bike race has crossed the bridge. The cameras will be rolling and the world will be watching a race that now rivals the legendary Tour de France.
Over 144 professional cyclists will compete in the 9-day, 12-city event, traversing more than 750 miles of challenging terrain from northern to southern California.
Autograph Alley – Meet & Greet the Pros
Rain or shine -- Cyclists will begin checking in at 7:30 AM on Spinnaker Drive and are available for photographs and autographs. This is a terrific opportunity for cycling enthusiasts to meet and greet and welcome these amazing athletes.
Ferry Service from San Francisco
Let your family and friends and work associates know – spread the word – that Golden Gate Ferry will be scheduling special ferry service on race day, leaving the San Francisco ferry terminal at 7:00 AM for a 7:30 AM arrival in Sausalito, in time to catch all the
Best Places to Watch the Race
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.
1) Downtown Sausalito: 7:30 – 8:30 AM
The race will start at Spinnaker Drive in downtown Sausalito. 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.
2) Caledonia Street: 8:30 AM
Streets will be fenced 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.
3) On the sidewalks along Bridgeway to Second and up Alexander: 8:30 - 8:45 AM
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 cordoned off and monitored by course marshals, so please obey all instructions and stay OUT of the path of the oncoming cyclists.
4) On the Golden Gate Bridge: 8:30 - 9:00 AM
Both the pedestrian (east) side of the bridge and the bicycle (west) side of the bridge will be open. All spectators will be screened by bridge security personnel. Cyclists must walk their bikes on the west side and are encouraged to take advantage of the valet bicycle parking (location TBA).
For more information on bicycling on the Golden Gate Bridge, visit: http://goldengatebridge.org/bikesbridge/bikes.php
Choose one place or the other – Sausalito or the Bridge – due to road closures, spectators will not be able to navigate from one location to the other. There will be great photo opps at ALL locations!
Parking & Shuttle Transport to & from the Bridge
Special parking areas will be provided and well publicized in advance of the event, as will areas of limited access.
Bike to the Event!
Valet parking for bicycles will be provided by the Marin County Bicycle Coalition. Stay tuned for updated locations.
Before and after the Race – Stay & Play for the Day
Arrive early the morning of February 16th to secure the best viewing and avoid issues associated with parking and/or traffic routing. A full day of activity is planned around the race start – before and after – for the entire family. Come early and plan to spend the day; watch the cyclists race the route and cross the finish line from our big screen TV’s; visit local merchants who are hosting race day specials.
PARKING AND ROAD CLOSURES
Golden Gate Bridge Roadway Lanes
• Beginning at midnight, the roadway lanes of the Golden Gate Bridge, Doyle Drive and 19th Avenue will all be reconfigured to accommodate the Amgen Tour of California Bicycle Racers.
• These roadways will remain OPEN throughout this transition and throughout the Race.
• From midnight to approximately 10:30 am, the Golden Gate Bridge lane configuration will be:
• Two southbound traffic lanes
• Two northbound traffic lanes
• Two lanes (the two eastern most lanes) will be closed
• to accommodate the Amgen Tour of California
• By approximately 10:30am, the Bridge roadway will be returned to three northbound lanes and three southbound lanes.
Golden Gate Bridge NORTH END CLOSURES
• Northbound Vista Point exit and the Vista Point parking lot will be closed from midnight to approximately 10:30am.
• The portion of Conzelman Road that passes under the north approach viaduct of the Bridge will remain OPEN ONLY to bicyclists and pedestrians, as it always is.
• Northwest side parking lot (off Conzelman Road) will be CLOSED throughout the event.
• Alexander Avenue CLOSURES
• Alexander Avenue will be closed (from the exit at the Golden Gate Bridge to the Sausalito City limits) to vehicle traffic from 6 am to approximately 10:30am
• Alexander Avenue will remain open only to bicycle and pedestrian traffic during this time.
• Alexander Avenue will re-open to vehicles by approximately 10:30am.
Golden Gate Bridge SOUTH END CLOSURES
• Last northbound San Francisco exit off Doyle Drive, just before the GGB toll plaza, will be closed from midnight to approximately 10:30am.
• The visitors parking areas at the south end of the Bridge will be closed from midnight to approximately 10:30am.
• Southbound Merchant Road/25th Avenue Exit, right after the toll plaza, will remain OPEN. However, the intersection of Merchant Road and Lincoln Boulevard will be CLOSED from about 7:30am to 10:30am.
• Northbound Doyle Drive and 19th Avenue (heading north from San Francisco)
• Northbound Doyle Drive will have two traffic lanes which is the normal weekend/holiday configuration.
• Northbound 19th Avenue will both be reduced to one northbound lane near the Bridge after midnight.
• Doyle Drive and 19th Avenue will be returned to normal lane configuration by about 10:30am.