Tour of California - Cyclepalooza 2011

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2011 Cyclepalooza - May 19-22, 2011

 

CYCLEPALOOZA FACT SHEET

Dates/Times: Thursday May 19 at 4:30 PM through Sunday May 22 at Noon

Location: Athletic field of Mt. Baldy School, One Mt. Baldy Road, Mt Baldy, CA, 91759. On the right (east) side of Mt. Baldy Rd, just prior to Glendora Ridge Rd.

Accommodations: Grass athletic field for tent sites – bring your own tent, sleeping bag and personal necessities.

Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner provided Friday and Saturday

Showers: Sun showers available for “quick rinse off”. Modesty rules, bring a swim suit.

Restrooms: Porta-Potties on site

Security: 24 Security covering access to school site from Friday noon through Saturday 5:00 PM. Security will be present but all participants will be responsible for their personal items and property.

Parking: Limited parking on school parking lot (* first come first served) and parking along highway adjacent to school. One word: CARPOOL

PARKING NOTE: #1 – Parking in Baldy Village is always at a premium. To insure a better chance at obtaining a parking spot carpool and come early. There will be NO PARKING LEFT ON SATURDAY anywhere in the immediate area of Mt. Baldy Village.

PARKING NOTE: #2 – Baldy Village is in the Angeles National Forest. If you park anywhere other than on private property or the school lot you need an Adventure Pass from the Forrest Service. Adventure passes can be purchased at several locations in the area, but best done prior to arrival. Check the forest service web site for specific information.

RV's:                             We are at TOTAL CAPACITY on RV's for our event. If you did not pre-register your                                        RV and get a confirmation back you will need to locate alternative parking.

Alcohol/Tobacco: We will be on a school site. Alcohol, Tobacco and Illicit Drugs are expressly forbidden.

Rides: Two organized rides are planned. The first ride will be Friday at 9:30 AM and will cover all of Stage 7 except the initial climb up Baldy Road (70 miles and approx 6,500’ elevation gain). Shorter versions of the ride will be available as options. There will be a version for nearly every ability level of triathlete.  Route sheets will be available and the ride will have ride leaders and SAG.

The second planned ride will be Saturday morning at 8:00 AM and will cover the last and toughest leg of the Stage; from the school site to the ski lifts. This is a point to point and riders can turn around at any point and return downhill to the school.

Run(s)/Hike(s): Impromptu runs and hikes will be organized at the whim of those so inclined. Be prepared for hills; there is precious little flat ground in Baldy Village.

Bike Security: The most secure location for bicycles will be locked inside a vehicle. If that is not an option arrangements will be made to have a bike rack (bring a lock) in view of security. Since the school site will be secure and only participants will be allowed in we expect a very safe and secure environment.

Cell Phones: There is little to no cell reception in Baldy Village, plan accordingly.

Costumes: Bring and “fly” your tri team colours during the stage. Embarrassing and humorous costumes optional....

Stage Viewing: The race will pass the school site and turn left on Glendora Ridge Rd after the uphill from Claremont. We will have time to trek up the mountain to a cabin that has been secured by California Triathlon as an option for viewing. The cabin is approximately 2/3’s the way up to the lifts and offers excellent viewing for some of the “nasty” sections offered by the course.


 

 

Tri Club San Diego (TCSD) and California Triathlon have secured the Baldy Village School athletic field as a camp site for the weekend of the Amgen Tour of California (ATOC) Stage 7. On Saturday, May 21 the ATOC will come directly past the camp site. The accommodations will be tent camping (bring your own) on the school site from Thursday evening through Sunday morning (May 19-22, 2011).

Included in the nominal participation fee will be:

· Meals – Friday (Breakfast, lunch and dinner) & Saturday (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner)

· Porta-Potties

· Portable showers

· Security to monitor access to the camp site. Each camper will be responsible for their own gear

· An organized and sagged ride of Stage 7 on Friday morning. There will be options for less taxing routes that cover portions of the stage all weekend.

· Options for semi-organized and impromptu hikes and runs, there are some epic trials in the immediate vicinity.

· Opportunity to meet and network with like minded athletes from all over California.

· Access to viewing area at one of the most difficult portions of the final climb up to the ski lifts where a cabin has been secured by California Triathlon for the weekend; embarrassingly humorous costumes and attire optional.

*Since the event will be held on school grounds alcohol and narcotics are expressly forbidden.

About Stage 7. The race begins in the college town of Claremont. Just 3.5 miles from the start, the riders will face an eight mile climb to the Village of Baldy and their first KOM. An acute left turn at the summit will provide them another mile of climbing up Glendora Ridge Road. From here they have 12 miles of narrow and twisting roads that gradually descend to a fast and technical descent down the backside of Glendora Mountain Rd. The vistas are spectacular throughout the Angeles National Forest. Another descent down East Fork will take the riders to Hwy 39 and the town of Azusa. Heading east, the race dips into the City of Glendora for the only Sprint of the day. At this point, the number of flat miles for Stage 7 has dwindled to less than two and there are still nearly 30 miles to the finish.

A left turn onto Glendora Mountain Road and it is “Game On”. The next KOM is a nine mile climb. That is followed by 12 miles of a slight climb back to Baldy Village. A left turn back onto Baldy Road will see the race gain 1,000’ in just three miles…and the real climbing has not even started! At Ice House Canyon, the route makes a hard left turn and the sign to the ski area points towards the sky. Over the next 2.5 miles, the riders will face 10 switchbacks on a road that is so steep that many of the race vehicles cannot make it to the top. At 1.2 miles to go, the road straightens out. The finish line can be seen ahead. At .25 miles to go, the route makes a hard left and the racers face a final five switchbacks to the finish line. This will be the stage where legends are made and winners are decided.

 

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Friday May 20 - Ride Options: 9A Start
Ride the mountain stage the day before the Tour riders take to the streets.
A Group Full route & fast
B Group 2/3 Route & moderate speed
C Group 1/3 route and beginner coaches for the slowest riders.

Fri/Sat Evenings: Live Music


 

http://www.amgentourofcalifornia.com/Route/stages/stage7.html

 

Saturday May 21 - Watch the Stage:
STAGE 7 - Claremont to Mt. Baldy, May 21
ROUTE DETAILS
Day: Sat, May 21
Start: Claremont
Finish: Mt. Baldy
Start Time: 11:45am
Miles: 75.8
KM: 121.9
End ETA: 3:03-3:21pm

If the Stage 6 individual time trial created some separation between the contenders and the chasers, Stage 7 will be the ultimate test of the rider’s resolve to capture the yellow jersey. Did they leave it all on the road in Solvang or did they hold back enough to survive one of the most difficult stages in the history of bicycle racing in the USA? It’s been called the Queen’s Stage and the first true mountain top finish in the Amgen Tour of California’s history. It has been compared to the epic stages of the European Grand Tours. This is the training ground for many of the local racers in southern California, but only a handful has done the entre route and none have done it after six days of racing over 700 miles! There is no question that the winner of the 2011 Amgen Tour of California will be decided on the final 15 switchbacks to the finish on Mt Baldy.

The race begins in the college town of Claremont. The Claremont Colleges are universally regarded as one of the best college consortiums in the world. Two neutral circuits in Claremont will get the rider’s ready for the first climb of the day. Just 3.5 miles from the start, the riders will face an eight mile climb to the Village of Baldy and their first KOM. An acute left turn at the summit will provide them another mile of climbing up Glendora Ridge Road. From here they have 12 miles of narrow and twisting roads that gradually descend to a fast and technical descent down the backside of Glendora Mountain Rd. The vistas are spectacular throughout the Angeles National Forest. Another descent down East Fork will take the riders to Hwy 39 and the town of Azusa. Heading east, the race dips into the City of Glendora for the only Sprint of the day. At this point, the number of flat miles for Stage 7 has dwindled to less than two and there are still nearly 30 miles to the finish.

A left turn onto Glendora Mountain Road and it is “Game On”. The next KOM is a nine mile climb. That is followed by 12 miles of a slight climb back to Baldy Village. A left turn back onto Baldy Road will see the race gain 1,000’ in just three miles…and the real climbing has not even started! At Ice House Canyon, the route makes a hard left turn and the sign to the ski area points towards the sky. Over the next 2.5 miles, the riders will face 10 switchbacks on a road that is so steep that many of the race vehicles cannot make it to the top. At 1.2 miles to go, the road straightens out. The finish line can be seen ahead. At .25 miles to go, the route makes a hard left and the racers face a final five switchbacks to the finish line. This will be the stage where legends are made and winners are decided.