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Amgen Tour of California

Original post made by Too bad, Stanford, on Feb 9, 2009

The Amgen Tour of California is coming up:

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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.

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Posted by sally
a resident of Midtown
on Feb 9, 2009 at 9:31 am

Yes, the Tour of California was a great event for Palo Alto residents last year. I hope it comes back in the future.

I don't understand the comment about politicians hogging the spotlight, since the I didn't see any of them on the race course, except for a short celebrity race that I thought was in good fun.

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Posted by PA Mom
a resident of Midtown
on Feb 9, 2009 at 12:32 pm

I think the real reason the tour is bypassing us is that we had such a miserable turnout of spectators. Other cities were packed. They felt Palo Alto didn't really care.

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Posted by sally
a resident of Midtown
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.

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Posted by Tim
a resident of Crescent Park
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.
We need to bring it back to Palo Alto in 2010.

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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.

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Posted by Me Too
a resident of Midtown
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.

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Posted by sally
a resident of Midtown
on Feb 10, 2009 at 8:44 am

Did Palo Alto really pay $500,000 to Amgen for the bike race?

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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.

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Posted by Mom of 3
a resident of Duveneck School
on Feb 12, 2009 at 3:46 pm

The Amgen tour last year was so much fun. I wish they'd bring it back. To save money, can't they do it every few years instead of every year? I wouldn't want to go every year anyway.

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