Spectator Tips

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.)


See Driving Directions from American River Canyon Overlook or from I-80 to Rattlesnake Bar State Park.


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.

Bike Viewing #5 – W Paoli Rd. Aid Station

Mile 21.3 Outbound – Estimated Time:

  • First rider: 8:53 a.m.
  • Last rider: 10:08 a.m.

Mile 36.8 Homebound – Estimated Time:

  • First rider: 9:30 a.m.
  • Last rider: 11:30 a.m.

Proceed on I-80 east from Auburn about 15 minutes to the W Paoli Lane exit. Veer Left up the hill to a large dirt. You can see the riders coming and going across the freeway overpass. The aid station is at this location too, making for lots of excitement!

Bike Viewing #6 – Canyon Way/Placer Hills Rd. and I-80 Station

Mile 25.2 Outbound – Estimated Time:

  • First rider: 8:26 a.m.
  • Last rider: 10:15 a.m.

Mile 32.7 Home bound – Estimated Time:

  • First rider: 8:45 a.m.
  • Last rider: 11:00 a.m.

Proceed on I-80 east from Auburn about 20 minutes to the Canyon Way/Placer Hills Rd exit, one mile east of the main Colfax exits. Turn right off the exit and park immediately on the shoulder of Canyon Way. You can see the riders coming and going across the freeway overpass.

American River Canyon Overlook/T2 and Finish – Estimated Time:

  • First rider: 7:45 a.m.
  • Last rider: 12:00 p.m.


Run Viewing #2: Mile 1 – Maidu Dr. and Water Canal

You can quickly reach this spot using roads that are off the race course. From the American River Canyon Overlook, proceed on Pacific Ave 1/4 mile to Auburn-Folsom Rd signal light and turn Left. Proceed 1/2 mile to Maidu Dr. and turn Left.   Be careful here as this is where the bike route does cross Maidu off a steep little hill.  Should be APD there. Proceed uphill through a couple stop signs, then descend with view of canyon and Sierra. At bottom of hill, beyond the state park kiosk and the Placer County Water Assn buildings, you’ll intersect with the run course as it heads into the state park gate. Please park on roadside prior to reaching the aid station and run route.