I live in Santa Cruz and imagining hitting these descents and final km's in town at race speed frightens me.. Western Dr. in town is very very bad pavement. The boardwalk where the finish is has train tracks and road furniture, gonna go tomorrow morning and see how they dealt with all that crap. climbing beach hill with all those little turns thrown in, with a descent and a sharp turn right before the finish will favor a ballsy bike handler to go on the attack and take those turns like a wild man, the group will have no chance to reel anyone back in who takes a flyer in the last kilometer.
I really hope empire grade isn't wet tomorrow afternoon, some of the grades are very steep and miscalculating a turn could seriously injure a dude, not to mention the pavement has some bumps you don't want to hit at maximum turning velocity...
I'm torn between going to bonny doon rd. and shouting at riders or watching the live feed and then riding to the boardwalk to catch the finish..??? what to do...
is riding your bike after the riders, or along the side of the road, seriously frowned apon?? i don't want to be that douchebag, but something about riding up the same climb in the general vicinity of the pros gives me goose bumps and makes me feel like a kid again, lol.
Anyone watch it on Bonny Doon last year? I'm going to catch it there tomorrow, and am wondering about the timing of road closures and parking. Best to park somewhere at the bottom and ride up, or can you park on the hill? Thanks for any advice.
I watched it from the bottom of Bonny Doon rd. last year since I got there late and that's as far as I could run up before they got there, it was very slow and mellow with everyone looking at eachother.. but that was probably due to the situation that the break was just about to be caught?? and perhaps no one in that break felt they had a chance in hell to attack up BD rd, knowing that levi and crew were only a minute in arrears?? not sure why ben jacques maynes wasn't giving it a go from the beginning.. meh.. i think near the top of bonny doon rd would be more exciting... there are some long stretches of bonny doon rd that would allow you to see the riders coming up from a long ways off, so it might be more fun, especially if you have binoculars.. somewhere around Smith Grade (on bonny doon rd) is a place that affords a lengthy view down the road, it is fairly straight around there. that's my saturday training ride we do 3x bonny doon+martin, to the fire station in 25 minutes or less, but the amgen time list seems to think the riders will do it in 9 minutes, ha ha ha.. that's why i wear a vintage jersey with holes in it and not a pro one i guess, ha ha
yah I recomend parking on hwy1 at the beach, and riding your bike up, there will be tons and tons of cars there if you get there close to arrival time... parking up the mountain should be fine if you get there early enough.. want to team up and moon lance?? or we could shotgun beers and shout obscenities..