Beat the Clock at the Tour of California

Newsflash — Beat the Clock is branching out and will be providing starters/timers for the public time trial that will take place before the pros zoom through on stage 6 of the Tour of California.

At this point we seem to have enough BTC volunteers, but you can register to ride here:

Below is some information from the organizers:

Registration for the Silicon Valley Time Trial Charity Challenge presented by Splunk, SunPower, and Suffolk Construction is now open.

The Time Trial charity ride will follow the same course as the professional ATOC cyclists, giving our 400 amateur riders an exclusive opportunity to ride the same 19.6 mile course that the professional riders will follow later in the day. This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to compare your time to the pro racers.

To keep the entry fees low to encourage the widest participation, the entry fee is the same as last year’s King of the Mountain ride at $50 per Open Category rider. This includes breakfast, lunch, and your racing bib.

Here are the event details at this time, and once you register, I’ll be providing you with additional information regarding the parking location.

9:00-10:00 a.m. Parking, bib pickup and continental breakfast. Our parking, bib pickup and breakfast is located at the corner of Santa Teresa Blvd and Bailey Avenue in San Jose.

10:00-10:30 a.m. Cyclists “stage” in groups at the Start Line, which will be located near the IBM Santa Teresa Research Facility at 555 Bailey Road. The riders will line up under signs according to their bib numbers. We will place company teams together. The CEOs/public officials will be the first group to start the ride.

10:30 a.m. Start: all groups,except CEOs, will proceed in “waves” of approximately 25 riders.

11:00 a.m. All riders have started and are on the course.

12:30 p.m. All riders have finished the course. The ride will end at the Santa Clara County Motorcycle Park located at 300 Metcalf Road. After finishing the course, riders will proceed into the Motorcycle Park to the Picnic Area for their lunch. Awards will also be held there later shortly after the ride finishes. All riders must be off the road by 12:30 p.m. when the road will be closed to everyone due to the start of the professional Amgen Tour race.

12:45 p.m. The ATOC race begins at the start line, and the ATOC Time Trial will continue until all riders have reached the finish at the Motorcycle Park. Our amateur riders will have a perfect view of the entire ATOC Time Trial, and they are welcome to stay the entire time until the Time Trial finishes at approximately 3-4 p.m.


About Carola F. Berger

CFB Scientific Translations and Consulting Professional, ATA-certified (EN>DE) translator of patents, technical and scientific texts with a PhD in physics and a Master's degree (Dipl-Ing) in engineering physics.

2 thoughts on “Beat the Clock at the Tour of California

  1. Chris,

    as stated in the description above, riders start in waves. More info is also given on the bikereg page and on the organizer’s website that bikereg links to.

    To clarify: BTC isn’t organizing this, we just provide a team of starters to help out. All I know is pretty much included in the description I posted.


    Carola, for the BTC team

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