The City of Seaside is a wonderfully diverse and active community of 35,000 on the beautiful Monterey Bay on the Central Coast of California, approximately 115 miles south of San Francisco. With a mild climate year-round, Seaside is the perfect setting for outdoor enthusiasts. Visitors can experience outstanding recreation, as well as international dining and spectacular views of the Monterey Bay in a family-friendly environment. As home to California State University, Monterey Bay, and the Monterey College of Law, the City of Seaside is also an important part of the Monterey Peninsula’s world-renowned educational community. Its ideal location on the Monterey Bay allows Seaside visitors easy access to all that the Monterey Peninsula has to offer, including exceptional beaches, thrilling sporting events, quaint shops, world-renowned restaurants, and an abundance of recreational opportunities, including a wide variety of road and mountain biking choices. We welcome you to discover the Seaside spirit!
"The City of Seaside looks forward to welcoming the world again as a 2008 Amgen Tour of California host city. We invite the riders and their fans to enjoy the spirit of Seaside and our beautiful location on the Monterey Bay while experiencing the excitement of this tremendous cycling event."
- Mayor Ralph Rubio
Street Closure Information
PLAN AHEAD FOR ATOC TRAFFICWhile residents and visitors of Seaside are highly encouraged to come and watch the race, it is a good idea to remember that traffic will be heavy so a little planning will go a long way. Here’s what will be happening on Seaside Streets on Thursday, February 21, 2008:
On race day at 4 a.m., Canyon Del Rey (Hwy 218) will be closed from Sonoma to Hilby. At 9 a.m., Harcourt Avenue will close and traffic will be allowed to travel north and south along Fremont Blvd., but east-west traffic will not be able to cross Fremont.
At 9:45 a.m., all side streets that lead into Canyon Del Rey, Del Monte and Broadway will be shut down; eastbound and northbound traffic will continue along Fremont.
Detours and Alternate Routes
At 9:30 a.m., a detour point will be set up at Fremont and Broadway to direct southbound traffic up Broadway, down Noche Buena, and then down Hilby to put drivers back onto Fremont where they can go north or south. A detour point will also be set up at La Salle and Del Monte to direct drivers to continue along either Del Monte as far as Contra Costa, or to enter Sand City.
As an alternative, drivers can turn onto Fremont and follow the Fremont detour signs until they get to Monterey. There will be a detour at Contra Costa and Del Monte to prevent drivers from entering the race route at Broadway and redirect them to an alternative route.
All streets, with the exception of Canyon Del Rey from Sonoma to Hilby and Harcourt from Hillsdale to Canyon Del Rey, will be re-opened and all “NO PARKING” signs will be picked up once the riders hit Hwy 1 at approximately 10:05 a.m. The Canyon Del Rey area will remain closed until 12 p.m.
If you have any questions regarding street closures or detours within the City of Seaside only, please contact Dave Fortune at 899-6829.
Top 10 Places to View
- Seaside City HallLaguna Grande Park:
At 8:30 a.m., join the world's top professional cyclists for the start of Stage 4 at beautiful Laguna Grande Park. Meet the pros - take photographs, get autographs, experience the promenade, and pick up cool race merchandise, a commemorative program and free merchandise from Clif Bar. The Cyclist sign-in area and stage will be along Canyon Del Rey Boulevard, with spectator viewing areas along Canyon Del Rey, Harcourt Avenue, Broadway and Fremont Boulevard for the start of the race.
- Seaside City Center - Corner of Broadway Ave. & Fremont Blvd.:
Just after 10 a.m., watch the cyclist turn on the tight curve at the City Center Shopping Center on their way to Highway 1.
- Embassy Suites Hotel, Seaside:
Watch the racers cycle through the City of Seaside from your hotel room at the Embassy Suites in Seaside.
- Robert's Lake, Seaside:
Just after 10 a.m., watch the cyclists head down Canyon Del Rey as they Pass Seaside's Roberts Lake to head out on Highway 1.
- Carmel High School, Carmel:
The descent on Hwy 1 between Hwy 68 and Point Lobos is steep, so don't blink when you watch the cyclists zoom down Hwy 1 and into the mouth of the Carmel Valley. Cheer on the world's top professional cycling teams near Carmel High School at the intersection of Hwy 1 and Ocean Avenue.
- Crossroads Shopping Village, Carmel:
At the mouth of the Carmel Valley, view the world's top cyclists take off at the official start line, where the race will be de-neutralized and take off in full force. The Crossroads Shopping village is located at Hwy 1 and Rio Road in Carmel.
- Camel River State Beach, Carmel and Point Lobos State Reserve:
Witness the picturesque view along beautiful Hwy 1 and get a glimpse as to why this Stage is a favorite among riders and spectators alike.
- Big Sur River Inn (Sprint Zone):
Join the excitement in front of the Big Sur River Inn at 11:00am for the Sprint Zone. Stay overnight in Big Sur, and enjoy breakfast among the coastal redwoods while catching all of the action at the Sprint Zone. Be sure to stay in Big Sur for lunch before heading down the coast to follow the race.
- Ventana Inn & Spa (King of the Mountain):
A great photo opportunity, the King of the Mountain (KOM) competition will be held in Big Sur between Ventana Inn & Spa and Nepenthe, two of the most popular destinations in Big Sur as well as great places to watch the race. Watch the cyclists climb up the hill and begin their descent out of the Big Sur Valley and continue through the rugged coastal terrain of Big Sur.
- Nepenthe, Big Sur:
The exciting King of the Mountain competition ends in lovely Nepenthe, home to the Nepenthe Restaurant, Café Kevah and the Phoenix Shop, all of which are great places to relax, enjoy some fine food and catch the race before it leaves Monterey County.