Tuesday: Bike race passes through Woodside


A fast-moving convoy, not of diesel-powered 18-wheelers but of human-powered two-wheelers, will pass through Woodside via Kings Mountain and Woodside roads between 1 and 2 p.m. on the afternoon of Tuesday, May 18.

The eight-day, eight-stage Amgen Tour of California bicycle race starts Sunday, May 16, in Nevada City, north of Sacramento, and ends 811 miles later on Sunday, May 23, in Thousand Oaks after a stage in Los Angeles.

The Woodside Town Council approved an encroachment permit that will allow the racers to pass through town on their way from San Francisco to Santa Cruz.

The convoy is expected to be one and a half miles long and take five minutes to pass any given point. The best place to watch, said cyclist Bob Page, is on the uphill section of Highway 84 past the junction with Portola Road.

The California Highway Patrol will arrive in advance of the cyclists to block the roads, which are expected to reopen around 1:45 p.m., Assistant Town Manager Kevin Bryant told the council on March 23.

The cyclists will be riding up Tunitas Creek Road from Highway 1 and should cross Skyline Boulevard and enter Woodside sometime between 1:05 and 1:40 p.m., Mr. Bryant said.

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Posted by Amy
a resident of Menlo Park: Linfield Oaks
on May 13, 2010 at 1:44 pm

I miss the downtown Palo Alto stage of the Tour of California!

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Posted by Big Al
a resident of another community
on May 13, 2010 at 4:24 pm

Amy- Palo Alto is too far down the hills-
try to get over it-
there is too much traffic in the burbs anyways babe-
in case you forgot!
Big Al

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Posted by Tammy
a resident of Menlo Park: Central Menlo Park
on May 14, 2010 at 2:28 pm

I see your point, Big Al, but I agree with Amy. Having the first stage of the Tour in Palo Alto a few years ago was great. It was very accessible to the public, lots of viewing for everyone, very well supported by the community. It was on a Sunday (or Sat) and well enough publicized so that people knew to stay away if they weren't interested. It's nice that there's an opportunity to see the racers so close to home this year, but it's just not as accessible for the many people who will be coming to Woodside to see them. Glad to have the race nearby regardless of where it is.

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Posted by Big Al
a resident of another community
on May 14, 2010 at 9:26 pm

Alright Tammy and Amy, you are both right, and I am an idiot.
The race should start in Palo Alto, and from there head up into the
hills. It could be done, and why not again. I sometimes just chime in because I like to read what I've written. It's kind of like a person who talks just to hear their own voice, if you know what i mean. Keep on ridin' and the let big wheel keep on rollin'

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Posted by Richard
a resident of another community
on May 17, 2010 at 7:51 am

The race may be back in Palo Alto someday. They have changed the route every year, and they will continue to do so. It was a great opportunity, and having the race start here meant that the teams were training here for a couple of weeks in advance. I heard several tales of riders encountering groups of pros out on the road, chatting with them, giving directions, etc.

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