County readies for Amgen cycling tour

As Tour of California officials continue to refine and finalize the famed bicycle race’s route through San Luis Obispo County in May, other people are already anticipating what it will be like for the peloton or main group of bicyclists to go down such byways as Cambria’s Main Street, Santa Rosa Creek Road, Vineyard Drive and Peachy Canyon Road into Paso Robles.

CHP’s Coastal Division will coordinate law enforcement for three stages of the more than 800-mile bicycle road race, from Seaside to Paso Robles on May 19, the time trials in Solvang on May 20, and the conclusion in Thousand Oaks.

According to CHP Sgt. Roger Spain, the expected route for the 144-mile 5th stage on May 19 is as follows, based on an average race speed of about 20 mph. Because those speeds could average as high as 26 mph, depending on weather and other conditions, all times given are approximate:

10 a.m., start at Seaside City Hall, Canyon del Rey Boulevard.

Turn left on Highway 1 south toward Cambria.

3:10 p.m., turn left at the intersection of Windsor Boulevard, immediately turn right on Cambria’s Main Street and go through the downtown area.

Turn left on Santa Rosa Creek Road.

4:04 p.m., turn left on Highway 46.

4:22 p.m., turn left on Vineyard Drive.

4:36 p.m., turn right on Peachy Canyon Road.

While the city of Paso Robles may ask for some changes, Spain said, the remaining route as it stands now would take riders:

Right on Olive Street, left on Sixth Street, left on Spring Street and a finish at 11th Street.

The race starts in Lake Tahoe on May 15 and ends in Thousand Oaks on May 22.

For details, go to www.amgentourofcalifornia.com.