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UPDATE: Amgen Tour of California takes winding course

Adds possibility of road closures

Posted: February 12, 2013 1:05 p.m.
Updated: February 12, 2013 6:44 p.m.
Amgen riders turn the corner from Sand Canyon Road onto Soledad Canyon Road in 2009. Amgen riders turn the corner from Sand Canyon Road onto Soledad Canyon Road in 2009.
Amgen riders turn the corner from Sand Canyon Road onto Soledad Canyon Road in 2009.

Participants in the 2013 Amgen Tour of California will race on some of Santa Clarita’s major roadways in May, leaving city officials to work out how many road closures will be needed, if any.

Highway 126, McBean Parkway, Newhall Ranch Road, The Old Road and Valencia Boulevard will all be part of the route as the race winds its way through the Santa Clarita Valley on May 14 and May 15, according to route details released Tuesday.

The route will also take cyclists on three of the more treacherous mountain roads above Santa Clarita: San Francisquito and Bouquet canyon roads and Lake Hughes Road.

The city will be the end point of the bicycle race’s third stage on May 14 and the start of the fourth stage on May 15.

Rick Gould, Santa Clarita’s director of parks, recreation and community services, said Tuesday the city is still examining how the Tour will affect traffic during its two-day stint in Santa Clarita. Specifics on any road closure will be unveiled in mid-March, he said.

International cycling regulations require a “dedicated race course” and forbid car traffic on the course during the race.

However, on roads with medians, it is possible to hold the race on one side of the median and allow car traffic to move on the other side, he said.

Gould acknowledged there is some concern about the race snaring traffic on major roads.

“There is always going to be somebody who is unhappy because they’ve been inconvenienced,” Gould said. “Our job is to make sure they are inconvenienced as little as possible.”

Phil Lantis, city arts and events administrator, said over the next few weeks city officials will contact residents and businesses to let them know how they may be affected by the race.

Stage 3

The third stage, which leaves Palmdale at 11:20 a.m. May 14, is a somewhat circular route from Marie Kerr Park in Palmdale to Santa Clarita, a 111.8-mile trek that features a 22-mile climb up Lake Hughes Road and an 18-mile downhill sprint to the stage finish line.

From Palmdale, riders will head west on Elizabeth Lake Road to San Francisquito Canyon Road, according to Tour of California officials. Riders will then take San Francisquito through Green Valley to Copper Hill Drive. From there they will continue more than 20 miles to The Old Road.

Cyclists will then head north to Lake Hughes Road and travel for about another 25 miles to Elizabeth Lake Road.
After that, the race turns southeast to Bouquet Canyon Road for about another 30 miles until the stage ends near the Westfield Valencia Town Center, according to Gould.

Stage 4

The fourth stage is a shorter 84.7-mile ride from Santa Clarita to Santa Barbara.

From Santa Clarita, riders will head west on Newhall Ranch Road from McBean Parkway and follow Highway 126 to Piru. Riders will then continue heading west on back roads and Highway 150 until the stage finishes on Cabrillo Boulevard in Santa Barbara.

The stage starts at 12:35 p.m. May 15.

The Amgen Tour, sponsored by AEG, runs from May 12 to May 19 and takes riders from Escondido to Santa Rosa.
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