Wednesday, February 8th, 2012 at 1:45 pm in Bicycling.
The Amgen Tour of California bike race will go up Mount Diablo for the first time on a May 15 stage – also bringing the racers through Blackhawk, Danville, Walnut Creek and Clayton en route to a finish in Livermore. This will be a treat for cycling fans, but a challenge for traffic cops on some key roads.
The stage will start in San Jose and pass into Livermore twice that day – including the sprint finish in downtown Livermore.
After passing through Livermore the first time, the racers will follow Livermore Avenue, Highland Road, Camino Tassajara, and Blackhawk Road to reach the Mt. Diablo Scenic Boulevard leading into Mt. Diablo State Park.
Descending from the mountain into Walnut Creek, the racers will travel northeast on Ygnacio Valley Road through Walnut Creek and Concord, and then onto Marsh Creek Road through Clayton. Riders then will follow Camino Diablo, Byron Highway, and Mountain House Road, and Patterson Pass Road en route to the Livermore finish.
Livermore and San Jose are used to hosting part of the pro bike race that customarily attracts some of the best professional bike racers in the world. But it will be a new experience for fans to be able to stand along the roads on Mount Diablo, and streets like Ygnacio Valley and Blackhawk roads to see the racers whiz by.
Streets along the road are blocked off to regular traffic well in advance of the arrival of the racers, who often ride in a tight pack called a peloton.