Nissan Ride Before the Pros
The 'Nissan Ride Before the Pros', taking place in downtown Los Angeles on Sunday May 20, 2012 from 8:00-9:30 AM, will allow cyclists of all levels to ride on a 5-mile closed circuit course which will be part of the 2012 Amgen Tour of California‘s eighth and final stage taking place that same day. FREE to participants of all experience levels, the Nissan Ride Before the Pros will begin and end at the official finish line where the professional riders competing in the 2012 Amgen Tour of California will cross to complete the 42.6-mile stage they started in Beverly Hills on Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills earlier that day.
Riders taking part in the event, which begins at L.A. LIVE at the foot of STAPLES Center, will head up Olive Street passing Pershing Square before a “sprint” past the historic Biltmore Hotel, up a challenging incline while heading towards Disney Hall and the Los Angeles County Music Center. The riders will ultimately reach City Hall and City Hall Park before making a loop back towards the iconic Jewelry District prior to arriving back at the L.A. LIVE district.
Along the way, riders will also pass hundreds of iconic downtown restaurants, businesses, museums and other landmarks with thousands of residents and fans lining the streets cheering them on while waiting for the best professional riders in the world to pass by shortly thereafter along the eight and final stage of the 2012 Amgen Tour of California.
There will be a Free Bike Valet starting at 8:30am on Chick Hearn Ct.
For more information on the Ride, VIP sales and experiences, please call 877-234-8425.
Nissan Ride Before the Pros:
What You Need to Know to Feel Like a Pro!
ParkingPlease reference the map below. The area highlighted in pink is the suggested parking area for Amgen Tour and Nissan Ride Before the Pros spectators and participants.
Registration Check-InBefore you ride you must check-in and pickup your wristband. Check-in will be available in Lot 5 between Pico and 12th near Flower from 5:30am-8:30am on Sunday morning. Look for the blue tents with "Wristband Pick Up" designation signs. Please bring a valid photo ID to confirm your check-in. Check-in early and receive a commemorative pin (while supplies last)! Remember, you must check-in before you ride.
Register On Race DayDo you know someone that hasn't signed up but might want to ride? They can still sign up on Sunday from 5:30-8:30am. Interested riders will need to find the "Register Today" tent located in Lot 5 between Pico and 12th near Flower in order to sign up.
Bike ValetLooking for a place to safely stash your bike after the ride so you can watch the pros tackle the Downtown Los Angeles circuit? Two bike valets will be located on Chick Hearn Ct, one in front of Nokia Theater and the second in front of STAPLES Center. Additional Bike Valets will be located at Gilbert Lindsay Plaza and Lot 8. Bike Valets will open at 9am and close promptly at 4pm. All bikes must be out of the valet promptly at 4pm.
- Q: What kind of bike can I use?
A: All bikes are welcome
- Q: Do I need to wear a helmet?
A: Helmets are strongly recommended but not required.
- Q: How long is the circuit?
A: The course is a 5-mile circuit. (see route map above).
- Q: How many times can I do the circuit?
A: Riders can do the circuit as many times as they want until the course closes at 9:30am
- Q: Where Does the Ride start?
A: The Ride starts on Figueroa just before W 11th St.
- Q: When does the Ride start?
A: The ride starts officially at 8:00am. Riders are encouraged to check in early so they can avoid long registration lines and be able to start promptly at 8:00am
- Q: When does the circuit close?
A: The circuit closes promptly at 9:30 in order to prep the roads for the Stage 8 race.
- Q: What can I do after I finish the ride?
A: After participating in the Nissan Ride Before the Pros event, riders are encouraged to watch the pros tackle Stage 8, the final stage of the Amgen Tour of California. Riders will be able to rack their bikes at the bike valets located on Chick Hearn Ct, Gilbert Lindsay Plaza, and Lot 8.
Get Ready to Ride!