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Public Invited to Amgen Tour of California Bike Race and Block Party

Post Date:05/15/2017 1:55 PM

PUBLIC INVITED TO TOMORROW’S AMGEN TOUR OF CALIFORNIA BIKE RACE AND BLOCK PARTY

 Several downtown and neighborhood roads will be closed; public transportation encouraged

The streets of downtown San Luis Obispo will be bustling May 16, with a music and game-filled block party welcoming the return of the Amgen Tour of California bicycle race.

The community is invited to attend the fun, family-friendly festivities, though attendees are encouraged to avoid taking cars since many downtown and neighborhood streets will be closed to accommodate the events. To offset that, free rides will be offered all day on City buses and the trolley.

The Amgen Tour of California is the nation’s best-known professional bicycle race. Modeled after the Tour de France, the 7-day race features the world’s best cyclists. Stage 3 of the race travels through San Luis Obispo County, starting in Pismo Beach, sprinting through San Luis Obispo and ending in Morro Bay.

The cyclists are expected to race through Downtown San Luis Obispo between 2:45 and 3:15 p.m. A high speed mid-race sprint line in front of the Mission is expected to liven up the race and provide great action for the public. A sprint line is a race within a race where the racers act like it is the finish line and pedal as fast as they can to be the first rider across that line. The first three riders to cross that line get bonus points and sometimes, win special prizes. Each day, the rider with the most sprint points will earn the Sprint Jersey.

Meanwhile, the block party, featuring music by the Zongo All-Stars and DJ Malik, will begin at 2 and last until 6 p.m. Downtown streets will be closed from 11:00 a.m. until 8:00 p.m., and several neighborhood streets will be affected by rolling closures, expected to last no longer than 30 minutes, between 2:45 and 3:15 p.m. To view all street closures, visit slocity.org/amgen.

Motorist are advised to avoid travel in town from 2:30-3:30. Riders will arrive from the south, coming from Pismo Beach via Hwy. 227, then will proceed to:

  • Buckley Road
  • Vachell Lane
  • South Higuera
  • Higuera Street
  • Chorro Street
  • Foothill Boulevard
  • O’Connor Way

Neighborhoods without alternate exits will not be allowed to drive in or out for approximately 30 minutes as cyclists pass, between 2:45 p.m. and 3:15 p.m. Most residential neighborhoods adjacent to the route will have alternate ways in and out of their neighborhoods, which can be viewed online at slocity.org/amgen.

To help transport people to downtown, the trolley will run its loop from 1:30-7 p.m. to support taking visitors from the hotels and anyone along Monterey Street into downtown.

While the Tour of California usually travels through the county, it has not sped through downtown San Luis Obispo in a decade. Portions of every stage will be broadcast on NBC Sports.

The downtown block party will continue well after the race, featuring a beer garden, locally made cider, and several family-friendly activities, including a cornhole tournament, lawn games, a window decorating contest and a kids’ bike race.

Amgen Route Map

CONTACT: Molly Cano, Tourism Manager, (805) 781-7165, mcano@slocity.org

 

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