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2012 Amgen Tour

This year Santa Rosa will be hosting the first stage (overall start) of the race.

Remy and I will be on corner of Third St and Brookwood Ave around 9:30am if anyone would like to join us. We will have a red flag on a monopod dancing in the air – keep your eye our for us!

From there we can figure out the best place to get some good photos of the racers. Downtown will be the best place if you want to get candid shots of onlookers and the event venue. This will be a good time to practice your panning. If you find a fantastic spot to shoot from and want to share please call one of us and we will spread the word.

If you need a refresher or just some helpful tips check out

This year the route is just to big to set a meetup point and then head out to photograph the riders. So we are gong to approach this a bit differently. This year we are going to post the routes and let you pick the place and time to capture the riders.

Important Links:

Road Closures -

Stage-To-Stage info -

The Stage Map can be found at -

Start: Santa Rosa -
Finish: Santa Rosa
Miles: 115.9
KM: 186.5

estimated start time 1050am

estimated finish time 350 pm.

If you want to get together after the race downtown Santa Rosa, we'll post a meeting place prior to race day.

Have FUN out there - be safe, be creative!!!

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  • Jan M.

    Have made it to all Santa Rosa stages so far - lots of excitement and luckily have always found good locations for seeing the riders rush by.

    May 15, 2012

  • Remy G.

    Glad that some members decided to venture out even farther than downtown to see the action. What a beautiful day, great group. Lots of stuff to shoot downtown after the bikers left!

    May 14, 2012

  • Roger B.

    Great location and turn out! Learned form my mistakes on action shooting.

    May 14, 2012

  • Howard B.

    Ray directed us to a very good spot for shooting oncoming riders. The shooting was great--brilliant colors and lots of action.

    May 14, 2012

  • Mary V.

    I did not meet up with any members but took photographs in Santa Rosa and in Occidental. Occidental location was thr best

    May 14, 2012

  • Chas

    Coleman Valley Rd at Bohemian Hwy 2:30 - 3:30. Would like to ride together if possible. I sent you my cell by email.

    May 13, 2012

  • Roger B.

    Chas....what time and where should we be on Coleman Valley Rd?

    May 13, 2012

  • Chas

    Anyone interested in going to Occidental a bit later in the day to catch the riders coming down Colman Valley Rd into Occidental? It's one of the few spots they will be descending, so it's a great opportunity for isolated shots of the riders. Email me or post here if interested.

    1 · May 12, 2012

  • Chas

    I'm living proof. He totally destroyed my 17-55!

    May 12, 2012

  • Ray M.

    More like capturing a photo of me could damage you camera...

    May 12, 2012

  • Michael N.

    Yes Bobbi, as long as you don't take photos of Ray you're good to go (after all, when you reach Ray celebrity status you gotta' avoid capturing the likeness of his image...)

    May 12, 2012

  • Kevin W.

    You are shooting in a public place. No need to worry about copyright unless you intend on making a profit on these photos. Even then, you can liken it to an event like the Human race... The race photographers profited from selling prints without getting consent.

    May 10, 2012

  • Bobbi Lance-Yuzu S.

    This sounds really fun! Hope I can make it happen. What are the copy right laws regarding this? I mean we can't exactly stop the riders for a release.

    May 1, 2012

  • Nancy G.

    Thanks for the warning. They block up our chance to leave the house in Monte Rio. How Weird Festival on Howard Street in SF is that day. Must leave early enough.

    April 26, 2012

  • Remy G.

    Paul, Ray is all powerful, but not powerful enough to change the Amgen Tour Dates. Believe me he tried. hehe

    1 · April 26, 2012

  • Paul F.

    Caution ! That's Mother's Day. You have been warned.

    April 26, 2012

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