Stage 7 of the Amgen Tour of California will be racing from Claremont to the Mt. Baldy ski lifts, taking a route up Mt. Baldy Rd., Baldy Village, GRR, GMR, Hwy 39, Sierra Madre Bl., GMR, GRR, Baldy Village then up to the ski lifts. There will be limited accessibility to local residents with verification of ID and race-related personnel, but all other vehicular traffic will be eventually turned back.
People making plans to park at Manker Flats or driving in or out of Harwood Lodge will be unable to do so. Vehicle access to GMR and GRR will also be restricted.
Hm, I really wanted to be in Manker or at the lift parking lot to see the Stage 7 finish. Are they blocking all non-resident spectators all day, or is there time to get there early and wait/tailgate/get in costume?
Or will I have to get dropped off the day before and bivy?
Starting Friday morning, there will be no parking allowed from Icehouse Canyon to the chairlifts. GRR will be closed from 11am on race day and prior to that time, parking is available on a first come first served basis. GMR will be subject to a rolling closure apprx 1/2 hour prior to the race arriving...around 2pm. Mt. Baldy Rd. will be closed as parking fills the roadsides up to the village, but will be subject to a hard closure by 11am for the 11:45 race start.
...is there time to get there early and wait/tailgate/get in costume?
Somebody has to dress up like the devil. We can't be out done by the Tour de France.
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Posted: Mon Apr 25, 2011 9:36 am Post subject: Amgen Baldy stage
We have a room reserved at the Buckhorn for Friday night. Our plan is to leave the car and walk up to the finish Saturday morning or as close as we can get. It's 4.2 miles and gains 2100 feet. Of course, this assumes that foot traffic is not also restricted. In that case, there is always cross-country travel. By the way, the Buckhorn is getting 170 a night that weekend. _________________ "It is our task in our time and in our generation, to hand down undiminished to those who come after us, as was handed down to us by those who went before, the natural wealth and beauty which is ours."
In my 3 years of following various stages of AToC, on most roads you can drive in a few hours before the rolling closures and find yourself a parking spot off the road and wait.
You can always walk or ride a bike past closures until just a few minutes before the race comes by.
I'm debating to go to the Baldy stage - but it should be a total zoo.
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