with Lance Armstrong back. We had the tour last year, but not this year.
My sources at the tour tell me that Palo Alto was bypassed this year because of the actions of certain members of the local government during last years Palo Alto stop, who tried to hog the spotlight away from where it belonged--the bikers themsleves.
Too bad our certain members of our city council could not control themselves and with their actions deprived PA of one of the greatest racers of all time.
Posted by sally, a resident of the Midtown neighborhood, on Feb 9, 2009 at 12:48 pm
I don't know about poor turnout. Where I was watching on University Avenue was shoulder-to-shoulder spectators.
The route was not as interesting as the previous year's race up Telegraph Hill, though. Perhaps next year, they can show off some of Palo Alto's hills, like starting downtown and going up Page Mill Road.
Posted by Tim, a resident of the Crescent Park neighborhood, on Feb 9, 2009 at 7:08 pm
The real reason that the tour did not come back to Palo Alto (from talking with the organizers) was that Palo Alto wanted too long to get back to them with an answer about wanting to host a stage of the race.
Posted by Resident, a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood, on Feb 10, 2009 at 7:06 am
The Amgen Tour of California is like the Senior Games, a waste of money. The City has far more important and pressing things to spend their money on than bicycle tours and the Senior Games. With an $8 Million deficit by next year Palo Alto has priorities which do not include frivolous expenditures like the Amgen Tour.
Posted by Me Too, a resident of the Midtown neighborhood, on Feb 10, 2009 at 7:27 am
I have to agree, the fee is the key here. It is nice to have bike races come through, a bad idea to pay. That we are donating $500,000 to the senior games to get our name on their banner and show our enthusiasm - sad really. There is a mis-guided belief that this will generate future interest from others similar events; the only thing certain here is our being out $500,000.
Posted by Jake, a resident of another community, on Feb 11, 2009 at 9:27 pm
The Palo Alto City Council gave $500,000 to the Senior Games. They also gave a large amount of money to the Tour De California last year.
This is the same elected group of people who feel it is OK for the downtown fire hall in Palo Alto to be vacant many nights! There are no fire fighters or paramedics there because the pumper truck is un-manned and they are on a ambulance as far away as Redwood City or San Jose.
I am sure when somebody dies or half a block burns down the City Council will claim they never knew! I'm sure the PA Fire Chief will end up taking the heat for the City Councils penny pinching.