The Amgen Tour of California is a 750-mile professional bike race that begins May 12 and runs to May 19, from Escondido to Santa Rosa.
The Bay Area gets the three final legs this year: a May 17 time trial in San Jose, a May 18 segment from Livermore to the Mount Diablo summit, and a May 19 final leg from San Francisco to Santa Rosa.
Tour details: For info on how to see Bay Area segments in person, go to www.amgentourofcalifornia.com, and click on route, spectator guide, and then stages 6, 7, or 8.
San Jose When: May 17. Tour of California Stage 6: Individual time trial Start: 12:30 p.m. near the IBM Santa Teresa Research Facility, 555 Bailey Ave. End: About 4 p.m. Distance: 19.6 miles Best views: At the starting line and the finish at the Santa Clara County Motorcycle Park, 300 Metcalf Road, San Jose Street closures: Metcalf Road from Malech Road to Shingle Valley Road will be closed from 9 p.m. May 16 until 10 p.m. May 17. All course roads will be closed noon to 4 p.m. May 17. For details, go to www.amgentourofcalifornia.com. TV coverage: 2 p.m. NBC Sports Network
Livermore-Mount Diablo When: May 18, Tour of California Stage 7: Livermore to Mount Diablo summit Start: 11:35 a.m. on Third Street, downtown Livermore End: About 3:45 p.m. Mount Diablo Distance: 91.4 miles Total elevation gain: 10,384 feet Best views: Downtown Livermore at start, southern entrance to Mount Diablo State Park, up the hill just before entry kiosk, Junction Ranger Station and summit Access challenges: Summit Road will be closed to cars. To see the finish, you must walk or bike the last 4.6 miles. Motorists may enter the park at 8 a.m., but they will be barred after 2 p.m. -- or earlier if parking fills up. Park: North Gate Road, Walnut Creek side; South Gate Road, Danville side between entry kiosk and Junction Ranger Station. Walkers are not allowed along Diablo Road; pedestrians entering on the south side are advised to use Blackhawk Road. Park admission: $10 per car; no fee for bikers/walkers TV coverage: 4 p.m. NBC Sports Network