With a little strategic planning, you can ensure an exciting and fun-filled day of spectating. The following tips will allow you to see plenty of action, visibly show support to your athlete at numerous spots on the course and also get in some sightseeing and other entertainment options during the down time. We will take you through race morning to the finish and provide numerous options.

Die-hard spectators can scramble for more viewing locations, while others may choose to peel off and enjoy some of the attractions of Auburn and the Auburn State Park.


Swim Choice #1 – Rattlesnake Bar Park at Folsom Lake

The swim venue of Rattlesnake Bar is about 7 miles from the American River Canyon Overlook, T2/Finish Line. The road out of the park will be closed to autos from race start until the final cyclist leaves the park (6:45 a.m. to 9:00 a.m.)


Directions to Rattlesnake Bar Park: Click Here


Bike Viewing Spot #1 – Rattlesnake Rd and Shirland Tract Rd at Auburn-Folsom Rd (“Scott’s Corner”)

**PLEASE do not park in the business areas even that early in the morning,  (requested by the business owners) but  you can now park in the Long Valley dirt parking lot on the corner of Shirland Tract and Rattlesnake Rd.   Please if parking on Shirland Tract  do not impede cyclists.

Mile 3.3 – Estimated Times:

  • First cyclist: 7:25 a.m.
  • Last cyclist: 9:00 a.m.

Here you can watch the cyclists at the 3.3-mile mark where the course conveniently meets Auburn-Folsom Rd before turning away into the rural Shirland Tract Rd climb up to Auburn.


Follow directions to Rattlesnake Road on the Driving Directions page and then park immediately after turning Left off of Auburn Folsom onto Rattlesnake Bar at Scotts Corner. Please do not park in the Long Valley Hall parking lot and or the businesses across the way, thank you!

#3 – Lazy Person’s Morning Viewing Spot: Lincoln Way Starbucks 13345 Lincoln Way

Mile 11 Outbound – Estimated Times:

  • 1st cyclist: 7:50 a.m.
  • Last cyclist outbound: 9:00 a.m.

Mile 19 Sprint/53 Half Home bound – Estimated Times:

  • 1st cyclist: 8:23 a.m.
  • Last cyclist: 12:15 p.m.

Other Bike Viewing Spots

Please try to stay off the bicycle route,  follow 80 to get to these destinations.  thank you!

The route will proceed along the I-80 corridor, heading eastbound on the outbound portion. This makes for numerous occasions where you can conveniently watch the riders as they head out and then return on the same course.

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Run Viewing #2: Mile 1 –