2007 Amgen Tour of California – stage details and host cities
From San Francisco to Long Beach, the Tour of California showcases the best of the Golden State
SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 18: PROLOGUE
INDIVIDUAL TIME TRIAL
Presented by Union Bank
START: Justin Herman Plaza,
San Francisco, 1 p.m. to 3:23 p.m.
DISTANCE: 1.9 miles
Lifestyle Festival Presented by Health NetHOURS: 11:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
MONDAY, FEBRUARY 19: STAGE1
Presented by Herbalife
START: Sausalito, 11 a.m.
DISTANCE: 96.7 miles
SPRINTS: Point Reyes, Tomales, Bodega Bay
FINISH: Santa Rosa
ETA: 3:13 p.m. to 3:50 p.m.Lifestyle Festival Presented by Health NetHOURS: 12:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 20: STAGE2
START: Santa Rosa, 10 a.m.
DISTANCE: 116.3 miles
SPRINTS: Winters, Davis
ETA: 2:15 p.m. to 2:56 p.m.Lifestyle Festival Presented by Health NetHOURS: 12 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 21: STAGE3
START: Stockton, 11 a.m.
DISTANCE: 94.6 miles
FINISH: San José
ETA: 2:35 p.m. to 3:11 p.m.Lifestyle Festival Presented by Health NetHOURS: 12 p.m. to 4 p.m.
THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 22: STAGE4
Presented by ADT
START: Seaside, 10 a.m.
DISTANCE: 132.6 miles
SPRINTS: Big Sur, San Simeon
FINISH: San Luis Obispo
ETA: 3:22 p.m. to 4:21 p.m.Lifestyle Festival Presented by Health Net
Hours: 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.
FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 23: STAGE5
INDIVIDUAL TIME TRIAL
Presented by CSC
START: Solvang, 11 a.m. to 1:55 p.m.
DISTANCE: 14.5 milesLifestyle Festival Presented by Health NetHOURS: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 24: STAGE6
Presented by HealthNet
START: Santa Barbara, 11 a.m.
DISTANCE: 105.4 miles
SPRINTS: Ojai, Santa Paula
FINISH: Santa Clarita
ETA: 2:52 p.m. to 3:32 p.m.Lifestyle Festival Presented by Health NetHOURS: 12:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 25: STAGE7
Presented by Amgen
START: Long Beach, 1 p.m.
ESTIMATED FINISH: 3:46 p.m. to 4:13 p.m.
DISTANCE: 77.5 milesLifestyle Festival Presented by Health NetHOURS: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
SAN FRANCISCO You’d be hard-pressed to find a better starting pointfor the Amgen Tour of California than the city of San Francisco. With verdanthills, majestic mountains and a deep blue bay at the edge of its metropolis,San Francisco is a magical city. Walk up some of the city’s steepest streetsand take a look for yourself. Or, if you prefer, take a ride on one ofthe famed cable cars past the Embarcadero, Fisherman’s Wharf, GhirardelliSquare, Coit Tower and the Presidio. You can smell the sourdough breadbaking in the ovens.
From a vantage point high atop the city, the Golden Gate Bridge maybe the first thing to capture your attention. Spin around and you’ll catcha view of the towering TransAmerica Building. And then there’s Alcatrazright in the middle of the bay. On your way back down, descend the CrookedestStreet in the World. Beyond the city, you might want to schedule daytripsto charming Sausalito or opulent Carmel.
SAUSALITO The anticipation and excitement in Sausalito has alreadybegun. A Bike Blast reception was held in October to celebrate the AmgenTour of California, which for the second straight year will launch Stage 1 from the shores of Sausalito. On President’s Day weekend, a full calendar of events will be held, including the official team presentations, VIP reception with all the riders and an elegant black tie gala on February 16. The Tour de Cuisine, an opportunity to sample fine wines and food from Marin’s best restaurants and wineries, will be held February 18. Itall culminates with a jam-packed race day on February 19 that will includea Bike Expo, the Mayor’s Race, a decorated bike parade for kids, a helmetdecorating contest, the Biker’s Brunch and the Marin County Bicycle CoalitionFamily Bike Rodeo. Historic and picturesque, Sausalito is a waterfrontcommunity just across the Golden Gate Bridge from San Francisco. The daysbegin with stunning sunrises and end with romantic sunsets. Sausalito boastssparkling vistas and steep, lush hillsides dotted with landmark homes witha Mediterranean fl air. Browse the unique boutiques and art galleries orwander along the marinas. Famous for its houseboats, Sausalito is alsoan artisan community with hundreds of artists’ studios. “Sausalito is onceagain proud to host the first stage and start of the internationally acclaimedAmgen Tour of California bike race,” said Sausalito mayor Ron Albert. “Astrue epicenters of cycling, Marin and Sonoma counties look forward to workingtogether and welcoming these professional cyclists — as well as visitorsand spectators alike — for what promises to be yet another memorable weekendof events.”
For more information, visit www.tourofcalifornia-sausalito.com, which also lists the best places to view the race inSausalito.
SANTA ROSA About an hour north of San Francisco, Santa Rosa isthe largest city in Sonoma County. It’s surrounded by nearly 200 vineyardsand wineries, and lies within 30 minutes of the famed California redwoodgroves, the Russian River and the spectacular Pacific coastline. A warm,inviting city, Santa Rosa offers an urban blend of art, culture, food,wine and recreation. Santa Rosa has every attraction you’d expect to find in a major city including its symphony, performing arts center, theaterproductions, internationally acclaimed restaurants and a healthy mix ofbusinesses in the technological, retail, medical, agricultural and servicesectors. It’s home to an avid cycling community including local star LeviLeipheimer. “Peanuts” creator Charles M. Schulz and legendary horticulturalistLuther Burbank also called Santa Rosa home, and thousands of tourists comeeach year to visit the museums created in their honor. Despite its populationof more than 150,000, Santa Rosa retains its small-town feel of decadespast.
“Last year’s Amgen Tour of California was an incredible high for ourcity,” said Santa Rosa mayor Jane Bender. “We are thrilled that you arecoming back to Santa Rosa and pledge to do whatever we can to make surethat the second year is even more successful than the first. Thanks toeveryone involved in this breathtaking event.”
SACRAMENTO Time magazine recently acknowledged Sacramento’scultural vibrancy by naming it the nation’s most diverse city. The Californiastate capital has blossomed into a cosmopolitan city while retaining itsGold Rush charm dating back to the city’s founding in 1849. Popular attractionsinclude The Capital, California State Railroad Museum, Old Sacramento,Crocker Art Museum and Sutter’s Fort.
“The city of Sacramento is excited to be one of the stops on the AmgenTour of California,” said Sacramento Mayor Heather Fargo. “Sacramento hasa strong bicycling community as well as a history of organizing and supportingworld-class sporting events. Tour riders and bicycle race fans will beimpressed by the welcome and attention they will receive in Sacramento.”
STOCKTON The city of Stockton is one of California’s fastestgrowing communities, with a dynamic, multi-ethnic and multi-cultural populationof more than 260,000. It is situated along the San Joaquin Delta waterway,which connects to the San Francisco Bay 60 miles to the west. The cityis undergoing tremendous economic expansion and is aggressively revitalizingits downtown. Projects along the waterfront include an indoor arena, baseballstadium, retail outlets, hotels and housing. Stockton is home to four professionalsports teams: California Cougars (soccer), Stockton Thunder (hockey), StocktonLightning (arena football) and the Stockton Ports (baseball). The NationalCivic League designated Stockton as an All-America City in 1999 and againin 2004.
“We are extremely excited that the Tour of California has selected Stocktonas a site for one of their stage starts,” said Stockton mayor Ed Chavez.“Bike racing events in Stockton have been very successful the past twoyears, and we look forward to the excitement and positive attention thatthe Tour of California will bring to our city.”
SAN JOSÉ California’s first city has been driven bythe spirit of innovation since it was founded in 1777. San Joséis proud of the cultural and ethnic diversity of its population, and therich cultural identity of its many neighborhoods. Originally an agriculturalarea, the city is now the capital of Silicon Valley, which boasts the largestconcentration of technology expertise in the world. As the tenth largestcity in the U.S., and one of the safest, San José is committedto remaining a top-ranked place to do business, to work and to live.
“San José has a long cycling history: the city’s first bicycleclub was formed in 1884; one of the first pedal bicycles was invented hereand we have ten established international bike manufacturers in the area,”said Carl Guardino, co-chair of the local organizing committee in San José.“We are very proud once again to host the second Amgen Tour of California.This world-class cycling race builds on our rich cycling history and onthe momentum created by the successful inaugural Amgen Tour of California.It definitely helps to further the City of San José and thegreater South Bay region as a global center of professional cycling sport.We look forward to a great race in February.”
New this year, the inaugural San José CEO/ Amateur SierraKing of the Mountain Ride will take place February 17 at 10 a.m. It willstart and finish at San José City Hall. Amateur cyclists willhave the opportunity to preview Stage 3 and compare their times up thegrueling Sierra Road to those of the pros. It’s a ride, not a race, butthe best male and female times will receive King and Queen of the Mountainhonors alongside professional cyclists during the Stage 3 awards ceremony.Kicking off with a celebratory breakfast, the ride is open to amateursof all abilities (riders have the option to skip the most challenging partof the ride, the Sierra Road loop).
SEASIDE Located about two hours south of San Francisco, Seasideis a diverse, active city on the beautiful Monterey Bay. With a mild climateyear-round, Seaside provides the perfect setting for outdoor enthusiasts.Visitors can enjoy recreation, international dining and spectacular viewsof the Monterey Bay in a family environment. As home to California StateUniversity, Monterey Bay and the Monterey College of Law, Seaside is alsoan important part of the Monterey Peninsula’s world-class educational community.
Seaside visitors have easy access to all that the peninsula has to offer,including exceptional beaches, thrilling sporting events, quaint shops,world-renowned restaurants and an abundance of recreational options includinggreat road and mountain biking.
“The City of Seaside is honored to partner with the Amgen Tour of California,”said Seaside mayor Ralph Rubio. “We welcome riders and spectators fromall over the world to enjoy our community’s hospitality and the naturalbeauty of our location on the Monterey Bay. This is an ideal opportunityto share Seaside with a national and international audience.”
SAN LUIS OBISPO Located on California’s fabled Highway 1 betweenLos Angeles and San Francisco, you’ll find a town with a name that spellstranquility. Steep, velvety hills shelter the coastal city, which basksyear-round in a perfect Mediterranean climate of balmy days and cool nights.Locals affectionately refer to San Luis Obispo simply as “SLO.” The downtownstreets are lined with shops and restaurants that are built into turn-of-the-20th-centurymercantile buildings. The neighborhoods of San Luis Obispo are packed withclassic California bungalows. Amidst it all, a pristine white Spanish missionrises above a sparkling creek. South of town, gently rolling vineyardsgive way to the coastline.
“The City of San Luis Obispo is a bicycle-oriented community,” saidSan Luis Obispo mayor Dave Romerao. “Therefore the Amgen Tour of Californiais a perfect fit for us. By every measure, the Tour activities in SanLuis Obispo last February were a grand success. The City is delighted tohost the Amgen Tour of California once again and is looking forward toits return.”
SOLVANG Located in scenic Santa Barbara County, Solvang attractsmore than a million visitors annually with its thriving Danish community,distinctive architecture, shopping, award-winning bakeries and regionalwines. With the majestic Santa Ynez Mountains proudly serving as a backdrop,and a near perfect climate, this enclave has retained its Old World charmfor nearly a century. Comprised of copper roofs, traditional windmillsand a bevy of eateries serving American and Scandinavian specialties, Solvangis the Danish American homeland envisioned by its founding fathers in 1910.
Today the city boasts museums, inns, restaurants and unique retail shops.Among the highlights of things to see and do are the Mission Santa Inés,now a national historic landmark; the Elverhoj Museum of History and Art,showcasing period rooms and a gallery featuring regional and traditionalDanish folk arts; and a museum celebrating storyteller Hans Christian Andersen.Solvang has a dozen wine tasting rooms to choose from with numerous wineriesoffering tours and tastings. The Academy Award nominated film “Sideways,”featuring local wines, was shot in Solvang.
“Velkommen!” said Solvang mayor Gene Boyle. “A hardy welcome to Solvangon behalf of the city council, city manager and staff. I would like toexpress our great delight that the Amgen Tour of California has chosenour fine city for a time trial circuit. We hope you will enjoy the northernEuropean ambiance of Solvang and the challenging and scenic biking environmentthat we offer.”
SANTA BARBARA Situated along a unique stretch of east-west Californiacoastline, Santa Barbara basks in sunshine and natural beauty and is imbuedwith creativity, cultural sophistication and an appreciation for takinglife at your own pace. The dramatic combination of ocean, beaches, islands,mountains, valleys and gardens offers more than just scenery and relaxation.First-rate golf, polo, horseback riding, cycling, hiking and a vast arrayof water sports are just some of the activities that draw lovers of theoutdoors to Santa Barbara. The region’s colorful history, distinctive architectureand world-class art, wine, cuisine, shopping and spa offerings diversifythe mix, confirming Santa Barbara’s well-deserved reputation as “The AmericanRiviera.”
“A tour of Santa Barbara will be a spectacular experience for the high-calibercyclists joining in the Amgen Tour of California,” said Santa Barbara mayorMarty Blum. “I invite professional and amateur photographers alike to capturethe Saturday morning start of the final leg. I am excited for our residentsto see world-class cycling, and for the cyclists to enjoy the beauty ofSanta Barbara.”
SANTA CLARITA A historic community turned cosmopolitan city,Santa Clarita blends its small-town roots with the sophisticated amenitiesand spirit of a larger urban center. Surrounded by mountains, the cityis located within a picturesque valley bisected by natural rivers. Namedone of the nation’s safest cities and one of California’s best places todo business, Santa Clarita is located less than 30 minutes from downtownLos Angeles. In Santa Clarita, you’ll find an abundance of sunshine, welcomingsmiles and activities for people of all ages. The Santa Clarita Valleyboasts the state’s most coveted golf courses, charming wine lounges, destinationdining, day spas, specialty retailers, live music and entertainment andrich historic sites. Imagine Los Angeles without the traffic. Add rollinghills, parks, a picturesque lake and a young community with endless opportunitiesfor adventure, and you’ve got Santa Clarita.
“Santa Clarita is thrilled to have been selected as a host city forthe Amgen Tour of California,” said Laurene Weste, mayor of Santa Clarita.“With Santa Clarita’s healthy, outdoor lifestyle, our miles of off-streetbicycle trails and love of sports, bringing an event of this magnitudeto Santa Clarita is a win-win for everyone. Santa Clarita is strategicallylocated near some of the best bicycling hills in the state. With our greatweather, our love of all things sports, and the great reputation of theAmgen Tour of California, we are very honored to have been selected toparticipate as a host city for this world-class event.”
LONG BEACH Whatever your plans, Long Beach is the ideal place
|“Long Beach is honored to be selected as the host city for the overall finish of the Amgen Tour of California. We’ll be looking forward to this exciting race!”
MAYOR OF LONG BEACH
to start your Southern California adventures. Centrally located near SouthernCalifornia’s major attractions, Long Beach is home to the Queen Mary andthe Aquarium of the Pacific, and is just a boat ride away from romanticCatalina Island. Long Beach is a premier tourism destination offering avariety of outstanding cultural arts and music festivals and world-classsporting events. With hotels, restaurants, shopping, attractions, and entertainmentall located on a picturesque harbor on the beautiful Pacific Ocean, LongBeach is the perfect urban waterfront playground.
“Long Beach is honored to be selected as the host city for the overallfinish of the Amgen Tour of California,” said Bob Foster, mayor of LongBeach. “We’re proud to add this major sporting event to our city’s richand successful sports legacy. The Tour’s competitors are guaranteed toreceive a spirited welcome from our residents and business community, andparticularly from the thousands of biking enthusiasts living in and aroundour great city. We’ll be looking forward to this exciting race!”