BACKGROUND: Solvang was an official Amgen Tour of California Host City in 2007, 2008, 2009 and 2011 for the prestigious Individual Time Trial stage. For current information, visit the main website www.amgentourofcalifornia.com
The 5th stage of the 9th annual Amgen Tour of California professional cycling race will traverse the Santa Ynez Valley on its way from Pismo Beach to Santa Barbara on Thursday, May 15, 2014.
The public is welcome to watch free along the race route. Expect traffic delays due to rolling road closures by the California Highway Patrol.
HOW TO WATCH:
One of the best places to watch in the Santa Ynez Valley is the corner of Foxen Canyon Road & Highway 154 in Los Olivos (where cyclists make a sharp left turn on their way to the ascent of San Marcos Pass). Bring a lawn chair or blanket, your own refreshments, sunscreen, hat and a camera. Five-ten minutes before the first cyclists arrive, official motorcycle patrols will appear. Stay well inside the barricades/roadway area and do not touch the riders as they go by. Obey local law enforcement and race course marshals. Leave pets at home; but bring cowbells to ring as the riders approach and pass. (A European and Solvang tradition!)
Note: all times selected are approximate and subject to change without notice.
TIME CITY/AREA DIRECTION/ROAD
11:45 AM Pismo Beach Pier Starting Line; proceeding through Arroyo Grande, Nipomo
12:55 PM Enter Santa Barbara County At Bull Canyon Road/Santa Maria area
2:18 PM Los Olivos Left turn from Foxen Canyon Road onto Hwy 154
2:31 PM Santa Ynez On 154, Cross intersection of Hwy 246 (under construction)
3:07 PM Top of San Marcos Pass Continuing on Hwy 154
3:43 PM Santa Barbara/East Beach Finish Line on East Cabrillo Blvd. near Garden Street
SOURCE FOR ALL OFFICIAL COURSE LOGS/TIMES: