The Central Coast is not going to be part of the 2010 Amgen Tour of California, according to an official announcement made Thursday morning.
It's the first time the cycling race's inception that it will skip San Luis Obispo County. It previously had stage finishes in San Luis Obispo and Paso Robles.
The race is also being moved from February to May, which organizers say will allow the Tour de France-style road race to visit locations that wouldn't have been possible in February, including the very first mountain-top finish in race history.
The tour will travel to 16 host cities throughout the state over eight days from May 16 to 23.
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The schedule is as follows:
Stage 1: Sunday, May 16 – Nevada City to Sacramento
Stage 2: Monday, May 17 – Davis to Santa Rosa
Stage 3: Tuesday, May 18 – San Francisco to Santa Cruz
Stage 4: Wednesday, May 19 – San Jose to Modesto
Stage 5: Thursday, May 20 – Visalia to Bakersfield
Stage 6: Friday, May 21 – Pasadena to Big Bear Lake
Stage 7: Saturday, May 22 – Los Angeles (individual time trial)
Stage 8: Sunday, May 23 – Thousand Oaks/Westlake Village/Agoura Hills
The news has prompted Paso Robles officials to express their disappointment but to also look forward to the year they might have it again.
Cities can apply each year to race owner AEG Sports for the race pedal into their towns. Paso Robles hosted Stage 5 of the 2009 Amgen Tour on Feb. 19.San Luis Obispo had hosted a stage for three years prior to that.
"The enthusiasm and professionalism shown by the City of Paso Robles and the support of the local cycling fans was unparalleled," AEG President Andrew Messick said in a press release Thursday. "We look forward to partnering again with Paso Robles and bringing the Amgen Tour of California back to the Central Coast in the years to come."
The Tribune will speak to Messick on Thursday to get more details on what future the county has for getting on the route again.
Read the official press release at amgentourofcalifornia.com/