2012 Tour of California Stage 2

2012 Amgen Tour of California Stage 2: San Francisco to Santa Cruz

The 117 mile Stage 2 of the Amgen Tour of California begins the morning of Monday, May 14 in San Francisco.

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After a scenic start at Marina Green, the race heads west through the Presidio, then south on Highway 1 through Daly City and Pacifica, across Devil’s Slide into Half Moon Bay.

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Two KOM challenges await the racers in Santa Cruz County, the first after a left turn on Bonny Doon Road with a race to the top of Pine Flat Road. They’ll turn left on Empire Grade and cut right onto Jamison Creek Road (12% grade, very narrow, very sharp turns), which looks like this.

Jamison Creek Road - sharp turn at steep grade
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Those who survive that hair raising descent turn right on Big Basin Highway, dogleg at Highway 9 in Boulder Creek for another KOM up Bear Creek Road. After that, the riders can relax a little on Summit Road and down Soquel-San Jose Road before a left turn on Soquel Road.

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After Soquel Road, the racers cut to Cabrillo College Road for a sprint finish (!!) on the campus of Cabrillo College.

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