Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Amgen Tour of California Returns to Bonny Doon

Stage 3 of the 21010 Amgen Tour of California bicycle race will not include the Golden Gate Bridge and it will finish in front of the Boardwalk instead of downtown Santa Cruz like last year, race officials announced today.

The SF to Santa Cruz stage, scheduled for May 18, will once again leave Highway 1 for a climb up to Empire Grade via Bonny Doon and Pine Flat Roads. The 113 mile course starts at Golden Gate Park at Sloat Blvd. and the Great Highway at 11:15 AM. Riders are expected to reach Bonny Doon Rd between 2:30 and 3:00 PM depending upon weather conditions.

The ascent from sea level to over 2000 feet at Empire Grade is the stage's most grueling climb and can take about 40 minutes.  Riders will head downhill to Western Drive and continue along Swift Street to West Cliff Drive. The route will include short stretches along lower Pacific Ave, Front St., 3rd St, and Cliff St before finishing on Beach St in front of the Boardwalk between 3:30 and 4:00 PM.

Volunteers are needed and can register here.

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