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bringing my bike to the SF Grand Prix?(6 posts)

bringing my bike to the SF Grand Prix?whtogls
Sep 11, 2002 11:58 PM
This is my first time to the race. Is it a good idea to bring my bike along? Since the course is a 10 miles loop, it will be impossible to cover the circut by walking alone. Or just leave it home and stay at a couple of the spots?

re: bringing my bike to the SF Grand Prix?pedaler98
Sep 12, 2002 2:59 AM
I grew up in Philly and went to see the USPRO for about 10 years in a row. My experience is that it's a heck of lot less stress to leave the bike home and walk a bit of the course. Pick a few key spots that are good vantage points. You really don't need to see every inch of the course.

BTW--if you can find it, stop by the Serotta display and say hi to Lori (tell her Randy sent you)And ccheck out their new rides.

Enjoy the day!
I agree w/pedaler98 and can tell you from experience @the NYCPCTjtferraro
Sep 12, 2002 5:21 AM
there was no room for it! I walked around a bit before the race but then staked out my great spot and just waited(while watching some other races).

re: bringing my bike to the SF Grand Prix?outofthesaddle
Sep 12, 2002 8:06 AM
If you do decide to bring it, SF Bike Coalition will have "valet" bike parking at three spots on the course.
Thanks for all the advice and info..(nm)whtogls
Sep 12, 2002 3:03 PM
2nd opinion. bring or better yet ride your bike to the racechar
Sep 12, 2002 6:10 PM
I must disagree with the posters before me, I haven't been there to watch the race in Philadephia or New York but I do work in San Francisco.

If you want to watch the race from different areas of the course, I think it's the best way. You won't be allowed to ride on the course itself, police were adamant about that, use the sidewalks. But you can ride on the nearby streets to get around. For a real challenge, ride up Gough instead of Fillmore.

Well, you can ride part of the course for $25 (check the website) before the action starts.

Yeah, it's crowded on the climbs, if you want stake out a spot, get there way early. But not too many folks were present 1 block after the Fillmore climb on Broadway, you can hear the crowd roar, the caravan comes thru, then you see the look on the riders faces as they shift up thru the gears and start developing some momentum.

What goes up must go down. After watching a couple of Fillmore climbs, it was real easy to zip on over and watch the high speed turn coming off of Polk, on the outside line, the racers hitting 40+ about 1 foot from you, there was hardly anyone there.

So if you want to watch the race from different areas and get a sense of what the riders are up against, ride your bike. If you want to watch just 1 or 3 nearby locations then consider just watching on foot.

Bring low gears, and (travel advisory) bring the beater bike.

And for you out of towners, please come and watch the Women race the headliner (for once) Saturday at the San Rafael Cycling Classic, just a short 1 hour ride from San Francisco.