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How did the SF Grand Prix get so many people?(8 posts)

How did the SF Grand Prix get so many people?PODIUMBOUNDdotCA
Sep 16, 2002 2:56 PM
500,000 people for an event is insane especially looking at the depth of the crowds in some pictures. How were the people coaxed into coming? Just very good advertising or was there more?

Cheers,
Nick
PodiumBound.ca
one word: Lance (nm)gregg
Sep 16, 2002 3:12 PM
How many people go to SF on a normal Sunday?phlegm
Sep 16, 2002 5:05 PM
Being the tourist and cyclist haven that it is, is that really a lot of people?
at 9am?mr_spin
Sep 17, 2002 5:54 AM
Not sure where you live, but the race started at 9am Pacific time. San Francisco gets a lot of visitors, but that's pretty early for 500,000 people to be wandering around.

Also, San Francisco isn't cycling haven. San Francisco is a city. Everywhere around it is.
Who says cycling isn't popular?js5280
Sep 16, 2002 5:20 PM
Source: Guiness book of World Records

Largest Attendance For A Sporting Event:

The greatest number of live spectators for any sporting event is 10,000,000 over a three-week period at the annual Tour de France cycling race, November 13, 1994.

http://www.guinnessworldrecords.com/content_pages/record.asp?recordid=45186
Busy city.fracisco
Sep 16, 2002 6:28 PM
It was a busy day, Sunday. The 49'ers were playing, the Athletics were playing in Oakland, there were over 100 racing sailboats out doing their thing on the Bay, and there were the normal 'tourists' in town. It doesn't take much for people in their neighborhood to walk and watch the race, though, or even to take a cablecar or cab to get around.

From the yacht club, I saw the peloton go by on the first lap, and I think I might have seen the third lap (there was a break), too, as we were motoring to the starting area.
true...this is the second reason I was in SF on Sundaygregg
Sep 17, 2002 9:46 AM
To watch the Giants lose :-(

(This is Bonds at the plate)
there were lots at the SF Coors Classic, toogtx
Sep 16, 2002 9:15 PM
I think it was 1986? Lots of fun. Saw Lemond and Hinault, Hampsten, Phinney, etc.