By spokesman | February 17, 2009
Yesterday the Tour Of California crossed the Golden Gate Bridge. Pardon me, I meant to say - yesterday the Amgen Tour Of California crossed the Golden Gate Bridge. I shouldn’t omit the sponsor, even if they don’t pay for everything. It seems that Amgen didn’t cover the toll on the Golden Gate Bridge. However some die hard fans came to the rescue. For $500, a cyclist could have the privilege of following the peloton across the bridge. This allowed the pros to cross the bridge for free. Most of the pros are from out of town and don’t have Fastrak (to pay automatically). Additionally, since the cash lanes don’t take Euros, the whole race would have ground to a halt in the toll plaza.
One hundred riders opted to pay the $500 toll to participate in the VIP ride, keep the tour rolling and help California close the $42 billion budget deficit. California expressed its gratitude by covering the bicycle tire eating expansion joints on the bridge.