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updated: Nov 27, 2012, 2:21 PM

Race organizers on Tuesday announced the host cities for the 2013 Amgen Tour of California, and they include Avila Beach and Santa Barbara.

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 COMMENT 347306 agree helpful negative off topic

2012-11-27 02:25 PM

I just had to be the first to ask it - will they stop at red lights?

Ok, now everyone else can go ahead..

 

 COMMENT 347308 agree helpful negative off topic

2012-11-27 02:32 PM

Another bike race thru town? It's congested enough here. Wouldn't be so bad if they obeyed the rules of the road.

 

 COMMENT 347312 agree helpful negative off topic

2012-11-27 02:44 PM

this is not "another bike race". most of those things that go through town and annoy you are charity rides. this is the largest bike race in the United States, featuring many of the best riders in the world. it will no doubt bring money, attention and, yes, crowds and traffic disruption to our town. so do most big events. this will be an exciting event and a great chance to show off our city to a global audience. (for a race of this scale the police will be closing down the roads, so traffic violations aren't really a concern)

 

 COMMENT 347315 agree helpful negative off topic

2012-11-27 02:48 PM

Does anyone else find the irony in a bike race named for a pharmaceutical company?

 

 COMMENT 347321 agree helpful negative off topic

2012-11-27 02:58 PM

@315 +1

 

 COMMENT 347323 agree helpful negative off topic

2012-11-27 03:02 PM

At least if it's not a charity race - then we won't have to see hundreds of those silly looking recumbent bicycles all over the place. Some nonsense the aging hippies invented.

 

 COMMENT 347326 agree helpful negative off topic

2012-11-27 03:06 PM

I am still waiting for my chance to compete with my unicycle. This race is shamelessly excluding me and other fellow hardcore uni's. They should be banned for bias.

 

 COMMENT 347328 agree helpful negative off topic

2012-11-27 03:08 PM

@315, extra ironic insofar as Amgen was integral in the proliferation of EPO!

 

 COMMENT 347332 agree helpful negative off topic

2012-11-27 03:19 PM

315- for the gold!

 

 COMMENT 347333 agree helpful negative off topic

2012-11-27 03:21 PM

No wonder the USA is so obese they hate bicycles.

 

 COMMENT 347336P agree helpful negative off topic

2012-11-27 03:25 PM

@312: You're right -- this will be much more inconvenient and annoying than those little charity rides.

 

 COMMENT 347348 agree helpful negative off topic

2012-11-27 03:46 PM

333: hahaha!
As for the race - sounds cool, if I come across anyone biking, I'll be sure to cheer them on. :)

 

 COMMENT 347358P agree helpful negative off topic

2012-11-27 04:06 PM

For heavens sake people. Get a gripe. This disrupts your life for one day max. Cities fight to get to be a host. It brings money to the businesses in the city. No wonder Santa Barbara is known as the city for the newly wed and the nearly dead - where the retirees come to visit their parents. If is exciting - everyone complains.

 

 COMMENT 347359 agree helpful negative off topic

2012-11-27 04:06 PM

Glad to hear Santa Barbara didn't miss the opportunity again. I think many people underestimate what this does for the local economy.

 

 COMMENT 347371 agree helpful negative off topic

2012-11-27 04:32 PM

I liked it when there was a stop light on the freeway. Looks like there are lots of shop keepers here who have their own personal agenda. The town is much nicer when tourist season is over. I don't need tourist money but if you do it makes sense to bring the circus to town.

 

 COMMENT 347372 agree helpful negative off topic

2012-11-27 04:34 PM

I would assume that people who have businesses in town have personal agendas, yes. Their personal agenda is to stay in business.

 

 COMMENT 347381P agree helpful negative off topic

2012-11-27 04:46 PM

SB doesn't need the Amgen. It costs more than it brings in. SB on a weekend is booked pretty solid. Solvang didn't get it this year and they applied.

 

 COMMENT 347386 agree helpful negative off topic

2012-11-27 04:57 PM

As a traveling marshal for the ATOC for 7 of the 8 years, I have heard both good and bad from people in all of the towns we have gone through. Most has been positive feedback, especially from the small towns that have been hurting financially. I can't tell you how many people have thanked us for coming to their town and spending money. Hotels, restaurants, coffee shops, small stores... money is spent in all of these places, helping them all.
The only bad I have heard has been from a handful of folks who feel inconvenienced that their regular routine has been disrupted. This really is an exciting event, watched in over 200 countries worldwide. So cool!

 

 COMMENT 347390 agree helpful negative off topic

2012-11-27 05:01 PM

@381P: they will be in SB on Wednesday and Thursday, not the weekend.

 

 COMMENT 347396 agree helpful negative off topic

2012-11-27 05:10 PM

Lance has single handely destroyed my enthusiasm for this sport. He is one of the biggest criminals of all time.

Imagine if your son became pro only to learn that you're either on the doping plan, or your off the team and your career is destroyed. This is what Lance did, as well as witness intimidation, drug trafficking, and conspiracy.

 

 COMMENT 347407 agree helpful negative off topic

2012-11-27 05:26 PM

Calling Lance Armstrong one of the biggest criminals of all time is pretty hyperbolic.

 

 COMMENT 347423 agree helpful negative off topic

2012-11-27 05:44 PM

Richyrich: There is a good reason I don't take all professional sports seriously. Doesn't mean it isn't fun to watch.

 

 COMMENT 347430 agree helpful negative off topic

2012-11-27 06:02 PM

Great news! The bike race is so fun to watch. Please everyone, get out on the street for a few minutes and cheer on the cyclists. It's a lot of fun to see them race, and you'll be amazed out how fast they can ride.

Racing really does inspire (some) kids to get out and ride. It's a good thing!

 

 COMMENT 347445 agree helpful negative off topic

2012-11-27 06:38 PM

Richyrich, maybe not one of the biggest criminals, but certainly among the biggest sports frauds and cheats. Time will tell what else comes out. I actually believe this will be good for the sport, but there may need to be some more torching of establishment needed before it can rise again.

It's still an amazing sport and the hardest in the world. There is no other sport where the professional athletes are asked to compete for up to 8 hours on end, in all weather, at high intensities, and with many events lasting from 1-3 weeks long.

I'm bummed it won't be in Solvang for the TT, but excited to pick a place to watch the SB area stages. I plan to do the French thing and picnic out somewhere with some food, friends, wine, and await the excitement that only lasts a few seconds.

 

 COMMENT 347461 agree helpful negative off topic

2012-11-27 06:57 PM

The first year Amgen did this, I thought it was excellenta and was impressed by how organized they were. We should embrace this.

 

 COMMENT 347471 agree helpful negative off topic

2012-11-27 07:17 PM

The thing I liked about watching the Tour de France and the Amgen Tour is the helicopter coverage. It's a great way to see parts of the Europe, or our state. I look forward to seeing it here in SB.

 

 COMMENT 347477P agree helpful negative off topic

2012-11-27 07:25 PM

Right on, 386.

I too am a traveling course marshall for the race and most communities LOVE it when the race comes to town.

People from the host organization(s), to the teams, workers, & finally the spectators, spend THOUSANDS that would not normally be dropped.

The charity rides don't do that!

 

 COMMENT 347489P agree helpful negative off topic

2012-11-27 07:51 PM

Oh no, are we also going to have to put up with helicopter noise too? Some in Santa Barbara will go nuts over that news. <:+)

 

 COMMENT 347535P agree helpful negative off topic

2012-11-27 09:44 PM

489P - Pro Tip here: Leave town the days the tour is in SB. Easy-Peasy!

 

 COMMENT 347587 agree helpful negative off topic

2012-11-28 07:43 AM

@richy....congrats on your son being a pro rider. sorry to hear lance mistreated him......which way did he go. did he dope with the rest of the Tour riders or was his career destroyed?

i never realized Lance was on the FBI most wanted list, or was it Interpol?

 

 COMMENT 347609 agree helpful negative off topic

2012-11-28 08:22 AM

Can we get our pride rainbow sculpture painted by then?

 

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