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Amgen bike race speeds through Cambria on May 18

The Amgen Tour of California travels south near Piedras Blancas Lighthouse on Highway 1 in May 2014.
The Amgen Tour of California travels south near Piedras Blancas Lighthouse on Highway 1 in May 2014. dmiddlecamp@thetribunenews.com

Expert bicycle racers will speed along Highway 1 through Cambria and the North Coast on Wednesday, May 18, after having begun the eight-day Amgen Tour of California event in San Diego on Sunday, May 15.

The CHP will oversee rolling highway closures for this event.

Caltrans will post electronic message signs and assist with traffic control so motorists are aware of the cyclists and support vehicles.

Some race segments, recaps and conclusions will be broadcast on various media. Wednesday’s Stage 4 coverage will be presented by Visit California from 2 to 4 p.m. on NBCSN, Web and APP. For details, go to http://bit.ly/24Hyqry.

For people who want to see the racers live as they pedal through the North Coast and Cambria, the CHP advises finding a safe, off-highway place to park and staying off the roadway itself.

Enthusiasts who have seen previous race segments say watching the race in progress is exciting but brief, because the pelaton (pack of riders) speeds past quickly.

According to CHP, the cyclists are scheduled to leave the Morro Rock area about 10 a.m. From there, they’ll speed along Highway 1 to Carmel, finishing the more than 130-mile segment at Laguna Seca Raceway in Monterey County.

According to Amgen, this is the first year the racers have pedaled from south to north on the Cambria-to-Carmel stretch of Highway 1, and only the second time in the race’s 11-year history that the pelaton has ridden south to north overall.

Coincidentally, May is National Bike Month.

For event details, go to http://bit.ly/1cLVZW3.

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