The Amgen Tour of California bicycle race, which will feature professional racing teams, will start in Palo Alto on Feb. 17, 2008, with a prologue time trial through downtown streets and then up Palm Drive to Stanford University.
The route is 2 miles but the cyclists, approaching speeds of 40 miles per hour, will take less than 5 minutes to complete the course.
Details of the prologue were announced this morning by Mayor Yoriko Kishimoto.
The Tour of California, which has been held the last two years, is an eight-day, 750-mile race that will start in Palo Alto but range as far as Santa Rosa, Sacramento and Pasadena. This is the first time that Palo Alto and Stanford will be part of the race.
The bicycle racers include Olympians and competitors in the Tour de France. Last year's Tour of California was won by Levi Leipheimer, an American who rides for the Discovery team.
"This is a world-class cycling race," Kishimoto said.
The prologue will start in front of City Hall, head east on Hamilton Avenue to Cowper Street, then north to University Avenue through downtown and up Palm Drive, around the Oval, and finish at Museum Way.