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