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Top 5 Amgen Viewing Spots

The 2009 Amgen start. Photo by Kevin Ettl.

The Stage 2 Start of the Amgen Tour of California will be held in Central Park in downtown Davis on Monday 5/17. Don’t miss your opportunity to witness the start of this stage and see Lance Armstrong, Levi Leipheimer and other world class cyclists’ front and center in America’s Favorite Bicycling City!  

Schedule of Events:

Monday, May 17, 2010

9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.: US Bicycling Hall of Fame and Museum open to public, Central Park 

9:30 a.m. – Noon: Official Davis Stage 2 Festival with booths and food vendors, Central Park

10:00 a.m.: Amgen Tour of California cycling teams begin arriving on B Street next to Central Park

10:00 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.: Amgen Tour of California Rider Sign-ins. “Autograph Alley” on south end of Central Park Pavilion

10:20 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.: Amgen Tour of California Start Line Program, Announcer’s Stage, Central Park

11:00 a.m.: Amgen Tour of California Stage 2 Start, Central Park, Downtown Davis, Russell Blvd.

Top Spots for Viewing –Stage 2 Start in Davis

Amgen Tour of California 2010

Monday, May 17

#1 Central Park – The Heart of the Start!

Come to Central Park on C Street between 3rd and 5th Streets to be at the center of the action.  This is the official starting line where the gun will be fired at 11:00 a.m. to signal the beginning of the 2010 Tour of California, Stage 2.  Along the west side of Central Park on B Street you will be able to view the team vehicles and riders. Bring your camera as you get up close and watch the riders warm up in preparation for their ride. Each rider will also sign in on the elevated stage on the south end of the pavilion.  The park will be a place to grab a lunch and visit the sponsor booths.

#2 The Four Corners of the Parade Route –

The peloton will take two non-competitive laps through downtown Davis starting on C Street at 3rd Street.  The first turn will be at C and 2nd Streets.  The second turn will be at 2nd and F Streets.  The third turn is at F and 5th Streets and then the riders will turn south on C Street from 5th to complete the same lap a second time.  The views will be great along these streets and it’s a perfect place for a delicious lunch – many restaurants along the route have outdoor seating.  The big bonus downtown is having the chance to see the riders go by twice before they leave town!

#3 UC Davis – Go Aggies on the Neutral Lap –

Join the Aggies on Russell Boulevard between Howard Way and California Avenue on the Russell Intramural Fields of UC Davis.  This is a nice grass field with plenty of space to stretch out and enjoy the view of the peloton consisting of 125+ riders as they leave downtown Davis.  This section is still part of the neutral lap which means slower speeds and a better opportunity to see your favorite riders in action.

#4 “Zero K” – Russell Boulevard & Arthur Street

This is one place for serious fans because it marks the end of the neutral lap and the commencement of racing for Stage 2.  The competition starts here and the peloton will kick into high gear all along Russell Boulevard as they embark on the 110 mile (177 km)  ride to Santa Rosa.  This is where last year’s stage winner attacked!

#5 – Downtown Winters – A Sprint!

The riders leave Davis and cover twenty flat miles straight into downtown Winters.  The world-class riders will arrive in Winters from the east along Putah Creek Road, turn north on the car bridge on Winters Road, and left on Main Street to Grant Avenue.  If the wind is blowing, strategic echelons may form and riders will have to beware!  Be in City Park, downtown or along side the Community Center for a great chance to see if any riders make a move to compete in the first in-stage sprint of the competition before the peloton begins its climb toward the Berryessa hills.

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