Amgen Tour of California expected to race down Cambria's Main Street

It appears Amgen Tour of California riders will race on Main Street in Cambria for the first time on May 19. The 144-mile fifth stage of the bicycle road race will take Santa Rosa Creek Road between Highway 1 on the way to the finish line in Paso Robles, according to a story published Monday by VeloNews.

Andrew Messick, president of AEG Sports, which owns the tour, told VeloNews that Stage 5 may be the hardest to predict.

“Santa Rosa Creek Road is hard, with a few 20-percent plus pitches,” he’s quoted as saying. “It’s narrow, and it can be windy. It’s not going to be a field sprint It’s a beautiful, remote climb, and it’s hard.”

The tour’s pelaton stayed on Highway 1 down Big Sur and through Cambria, bypassing the village’s business district, in 2006, 2007 and 2008 on the way to a finish in San Luis Obispo.

Cambria business representatives already are rallying enthusiasts for a big turnout to show support for the racers and the event itself.

“Wow! Huge — if we support it,” Mary Ann Carson, executive director of the town’s chamber of commerce, said in an e-mail. “This is televised all over the world, and we look pretty good, you know!”

A tour spokesperson declined to confirm the stage’s route. Official announcements on the race course are expected next week.

Stage 5 starts in Seaside, north of Monterey. Stage 6 is a series of individual time trials in Solvang on May 20.

— Kathe Tanner