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Help! Need SF Grand Prix viewing strategy advice!(6 posts)

Help! Need SF Grand Prix viewing strategy advice!Velolover
Sep 5, 2001 3:19 PM
I'm lucky enough to live in SF. I can't wait for Sunday. Here's my question...

This will be the first ever road race I've attended. What's the best race-viewing strategy? I know to head for the hills, since that's the most interesting battle ground and the riders go by the slowest, thus optimizing gawk-ability, but then won't I miss the finish? I can't imagine that moving to the finish during the race, that there will be any room left to see anything.

So, I'm wondering if I should go straight to the finish. Any thoughts from you experienced race-viewers? Anyone else attending this weekend willing to share their viewing plan? Much appreciation will be forthcoming...
re: Help! Need SF Grand Prix viewing strategy advice!Bruno
Sep 5, 2001 4:56 PM
How is the course? To me the finish would be better if its a sprint finish. If not I would to head for the hills. If Lance wants to win he will try to break away in the hills since we all know he doesn't do sprint finishes. Looking him attack in one of those nasty SF hills would be awesome.
re: Help! Need SF Grand Prix viewing strategy advice!Cliff Oates
Sep 5, 2001 5:25 PM
There are two hills, one is 0.6 miles long and the other is 0.7 miles. This ain't the Pyrenees. I think everyone and their mothers are going to be positioned on those hills, especially Fillmore Street since it's the steeper of the two. My inclination is to hang out in North Beach, preferably near a cafe with good coffee and a television tuned to KGO who will be televising the race live all day. Taylor Street is the other climb and it's in North Beach. It's probably a 1.5-2 mile walk from there to the finish line.

Check the official site for course maps and the like if you haven't already: http://www.sfgrandprix.com. Here's a link to a high res course map (2000x1500 - ~90k): http://www.coates3.com/misc_images/ridemapsf1.png
Thanksvelolover
Sep 6, 2001 10:10 AM
Thanks. I think you're right that the crowd at the top of Fillmore will be approximately the population of Bangledesh. I wouldn't doubt there'll be people camping out overnight. Your coffee and KGO plan sounds good. Do you know if there'll be play by play on radio? probably not. Oh well.
RadioCliff Oates
Sep 6, 2001 10:41 AM
The thought of people camping overnight at the best viewing spots occurred to me too. The race organizers are expecting to draw 250,000 spectators. I'm thinking I'll hit BART to head back to the East Bay a little early...

KGO radio carries the Niners and they've got their home opener against Atlanta this Sunday. I don't think this race will be on the radio and the only media outlet I see officially associated with the race is KGO-TV. You could always spring for a Watchman type device if you have too much money in your pocket or want to spend your Bush Dividend on a new gadget.
start listJack S
Sep 6, 2001 10:37 AM
is posted at cyclingnews. Interesting that Fred Rodriguez has what must be a once-race contract. He'll be riding for DeNardi, a team that moved up to DII this year. Keep an eye on him, I'm sure he'll want to do well for the hometown folk. You might even catch him hangin' in the North Beach.