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Palo Alto vies to host 2009 Tour of California

Original post made on Jun 16, 2008

After hosting the prologue to the Tour of California bicycle race in February, the City of Palo Alto is now turning its sights to Feb. 16, 2009, in hopes of hosting a stage finish for next year's race.

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Posted by sally
a resident of Midtown
on Jun 16, 2008 at 6:24 pm

These bicycle races are a lot of fun. Since the crowds and street closures are going to be here for the afternoon pro race, how about holding an amateur race in the morning? That will let more people participate and give the spectators a reason to hang around all day.

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Posted by Richard
a resident of Midtown
on Jun 16, 2008 at 8:56 pm

There are two approaches to the event: 1) minimize the impact by only closing streets as the pro racers approach, then opening them after they pass 2) make it an all-day event with other races held on the closed course before the arrival of the pros. The latter is much more expensive, and the question is whether it can attract crowds large enough and long enough to pay for the extra effort to close the roads for so long. In 2008 hotel revenue from teams who stayed for days helped make the event a financial success. With only a stage finish, that won't be the case next year. If a women's race attracts high-level teams to the area for a few days in advance, then that will be a huge help. Other amateur races would attract local riders and crowds, and help make the event popular and exciting, but probably won't impact hotel revenues.

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