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!