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Ride to Patterson Pass + Watch AMGEN Tour of CA!

UPDATE: B/C OF TRAFFIC AND SPECTATORS WE NEED TO LEAVE EARLIER THAN PLANNED.  We will depart from Dublin / Pls BART @10:15 A.M.  Train departs Lake Merritt BART 9:39 arrives DBL/PLS 10:11 A.M. Please be on that one.

This should be a great experience.  We will cheer on the AMGEN tour of California and see them at 2 different places on the course.

Our route will be a hilly 40 mile out and back, with some longer interruptions to watch the tour.  Start point is at Dublin / Pleasanton BART station at 10:30 a.m.  Here is the proposed itinerary:

- Meet BART station 10:30, leave for Livermore.
- Arr Dowtown Livermore start line by 11 a.m.  Get coffee / donuts.  Watch tour riders depart 11:35 a.m.  They will head north to Morgan Territory.  We will go in the opposite direction.
- Follow AMGEN route in reverse towards Patterson Pass.  Arrive at "The Wall" on Patterson Pass (King of Mountain / KOM) by 1:15 p.m.  Hopefully they have not closed it by then.  If we don't make it there in time, we will just stop wherever the police tell us and watch the riders at that point.  Otherwise, if we get there in time, stay at on top of Patterson Pass until AMGEN riders pass us by coming from Tracy (expected 1:50 p.m.)
- After the peloton and police leave, turn around and head back to Livermore.  Expected end time = 4 p.m.

AMGEN spectator guide: http://www.amgentourofcalifornia.com/docroot/media/2013/stage-7-spectator-guide.pdf

This map link below shows the route to our turnaround point: http://goo.gl/maps/zGk3G

We will ride at moderate pace.  Please be prepared for hills.  Patterson pass is 1,585 ft.  There are rolling hills on the way there, so that total elevation gain will probably exceed 2,500 ft.  Check MAPMYRIDE or other app for exact elevation change.

Bring helmet, water, snacks, sunblock, a long sleeved shirt or windbreaker (for Patterson Pass) and your good spirits to cheer on the tour.

If you're late and needing to find us text me at[masked] for directions / info.

C U there!

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  • Sybil H.

    Look forward to it!

    May 13, 2013

    • Amy S.

      Hey Sybil. Sorry we lost you at the top but I hope the energy of the cyclists cruising by made up for it!

      May 20, 2013

  • Amy S.

    Looking forward to this MeetUp and meeting everyone! Peddling should be fun as well as spectating the event :)

    May 17, 2013

    • Amy S.

      I should mention I am driving from the peninsula and will meet everyone at the Dublin/Pleasanton BART ~10AM. See you then!

      May 18, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Unfortunately I can't attend this amazing ride in my backyard. :(
    I got an opportunity to sail in the sf bay for the first time. Cycling and sailing two passions I live for. I hope you all will love riding in Livermore and want to come back soon!!

    May 17, 2013

  • Kent

    Hi everyone, glad to have you along for this ride. Thanks to Elizabeth for suggesting the original route. We can do 2 things at once so this promises to be fun. Note, I read on the AMGEN tour page (see link above) that there are opportunities to collect autographs etc. from the riders prior to the start. So, ladies, if you want a signature from your favorite tour rider, here is your chance! :-)

    May 9, 2013

    • Kent

      I meant to also add that we need to start earlier if you are interested to mingle at the start and get an autograph. Please let me know if that is the case.

      May 9, 2013

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