Cyclists in the Amgen Tour of California will ride over rolling hills, up steep climbs, and past vineyards and ocean vistas during the Stage 5 race through San Luis Obispo County on May 19, tour organizers confirmed Thursday.
Paso Robles’ race committee hosted a news conference at 5 p.m. Thursday to confirm details of the 144-mile Stage 5 stretch, the longest in the eight-day race.
The sixth annual Tour of California, a stage race like the Tour de France, will begin at Lake Tahoe on May 15 and finish in Thousand Oaks on May 22.
Altogether, the tour will cover more than 800 miles.
A previous Stage 5 route disclosed by the CHP on Tuesday gave a preliminary outline not very different from Thursday’s official details. The new plan puts the cyclists in the county about an hour sooner.
Cyclists are now expected to sprint to the downtown finish at 11th and Spring streets at 3:30 p.m., officials said.
A video detailing the cyclist’s Stage 5 journey described Paso Robles as “a cyclists’ paradise.”
The route offers “terrain that ranges from flat to rolling to ‘this is torture,” according to the video.
Paso Robles plans to lure spectators to stay for the annual Paso Robles Wine Festival on May 20 to 22.
The Tour of California had finishing stages in San Luis Obispo in 2006, 2007 and 2008.
In 2009, a stage began in Visalia and ended in Paso Robles.
In 2010, the tour’s fifth year, the event was moved from February to May and skipped the Central Coast altogether.