Spanning a staggering 800 miles, the Amgen Tour of California is the country’s largest cycling event. And on May 18, Stage 4 of the race runs 81 miles from Livermore to San Jose. Here’s how to get in on the action.
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Riders begin their prerace parade at the intersection of First and L streets in Livermore at 11:45 a.m. and lap downtown twice. Eschew sidewalk seating for a table and lunch on the patio of First Street Alehouse or Zephyr Bar & Grill. Or get a bird’s-eye view—and rock star toes—while sipping a mimosa at second-story Salon Tivoli.
Die-hard fans should stake out a spot on the race route. Cyclists make their first big turn at Vasco Road and East Avenue, before traversing the steep, curvy terrain of Mines Road. The latter has a killer view, if you can find a safe place to stand.
Names to Know
Amgen alum Lance Armstrong recently retired, but there are other stars to watch for, including Armstrong’s two-time Tour de France teammate Christian Vande Velde, three-time Amgen champ and Olympic bronze medalist Levi Leipheimer, and Australian sprint sensation Matthew Goss.
On the eve of Stage 4, head to downtown Livermore for Bike Night, a street fair including official merchandise, bike-related menus, and art displays. livermoredowntown.com.