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PRESS RELEASE / ANNOUNCEMENTS Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Amgen Tour of California Rolls Down Coast Village Road

Montecito, CA – On Monday, May 14, the much anticipated Amgen Tour of California will roll through Montecito’s lower business district, Coast Village Road, as part of the second stage of the 645-mile, Tour de France-style cycling road race. This stage, which spans 98 miles and 7,700 feet of elevation gain, begins in Ventura and ends at the top of Gibraltar Road.
“We are so looking forward to welcoming cyclists, enthusiasts and spectators to the road during this exciting event,” said Bob Ludwick, President of the Board of the Coast Village Association (CVA). The CVA has been working with the City of Santa Barbara and the Santa Barbara Police Department to organize the road closures necessary for an event of this magnitude.
The race route was originally planned for Highway 192, but required modification following the devastating mudslide of January 9, 2018, which in part severely damaged six bridges along the rural highway. Now, the Montecito portion of the event will take cyclists coming over Ortega Hill north up Sheffield Drive, west on San Leandro Lane, south to San Ysidro Road, west to North Jameson, and west onto Coast Village Road. The race will leave Coast Village turning up Hermosillo Road, then go up Hot Springs to Sycamore Canyon and wind its way through the Stanwood area to Gibraltar Road, finishing with a spectacular hill climb to the top.
A viewing party is planned in the 1200 block of Coast Village Road from 11 AM to 3 PM, with a JumboTron showing the entire race on the big screen provided by the Amgen TOC organization. Space at the finish area on the steep and narrow Gibraltar Road is at a premium and not able to handle the typical finish line crowd, although there will be some hospitality and sponsor tents near the top. “Instead of riding up to the finish line ahead of the race, spectators are welcome to come to Coast Village Road, visit our restaurants and shops, and watch any or all of the exciting race on the JumboTron including the fleeting moments the cyclists actually whizz past our watch party,” Ludwick said.
Drivers should expect limited parking from noon to 4 pm on the day of the event. Race security along with CHP will close the road completely at 2:05 pm, and the closure is expected to last about an hour. During that time cars will not be allowed to drive on Coast Village Road, and there will be no access into or out of driveways. For more information about viewing areas and the route, visit www.amgentourofcalifornia.com.

Contact

Led by a board of 11 business owners, property owners, and residents, the Coast Village Association is an organization whose mission and purpose is the advocacy, promotion, and support of the businesses along Coast Village Road and Coast Village Circle, while protecting and enhancing the quality of life for residents and visitors. For more information, visit www.CoastVillageRoad.com <http://www.CoastVillageRoad.com> .

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