Amgen tour will bypass Cambria, Hwy. 1

The Amgen Tour of California will skip Highway 1 and Cambria in the cycling event’s fifth stage from Seaside to Paso Robles, officials confirmed Tuesday.

On Monday, North Coast officials in San Luis Obispo County said the tour would be rerouted away from Cambria, but race officials waited until Tuesday to confirm that plan.

Originally, Stage 5 was to head from Seaside, north of Monterey, south along Highway 1 through Big Sur to Cambria.

But a recent mudslide on Highway 1 at Alder Creek won’t be cleared in time for the May 19 stage. That spurred race organizers to re-route the race so that it goes inland instead.

According to Amgen: Cyclists will still start the leg in Seaside and head east through decommissioned Fort Ord into Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca. They will then cross Highway 68 and head up the Laureles Grade into Carmel Valley. From there, they cross into the Salinas Valley and ride by Greenfield, King City and San Lucas.

The cyclists will then ride through Lockwood, get on Interlake Road and head past Lake San Antonio before entering San Luis Obispo County near Nacimiento Lake. The riders will get onto Nacimiento Lake Drive before finishing in Paso Robles.

“We are looking forward to showcasing a portion of California that the race has never visited and a stage that will feature challenging terrain and a remarkable day of racing,” said race owner and AEG Sports president Andrew Messick.

By the end of Stage 5, the competitors will have spent more than 6.5 hours covering 135 miles. The original route was 144 miles.

Cambria officials said Monday that they hope to be included in future Amgen tours.