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Amgen Tour of California rolls through SCV

Final stage of cycling race kicks off at noon Sunday

Posted: May 20, 2011 6:00 a.m.
Updated: May 20, 2011 6:00 a.m.

Amgen riders turn the corner from Sand Canyon Road onto Soledad Canyon Road in 2009.

 


More than 140 pro cyclists are set to depart from the Westfield Valencia Town Center at 12 p.m. this Sunday, May 22, to start the Amgen Tour of California's final stage.

As many at 10,000 people are expected to turn out to get a glimpse of the action, yet no major traffic delays are expected. Starting approximately 20 minutes before the race, rolling road closures are planned, with emergency vehicles leading and following the cyclists northbound on McBean Parkway from Town Center Drive and westbound on Newhall Ranch Road until they reach Highway 126. The McBean/Newhall Ranch intersection will be closed for approximately 15 minutes, and intersections along the route closed just long enough for the cyclists to get through.

Because of events and setup, Town Center Drive will be closed from approximately 10 p.m. on Saturday night to 4 p.m. on Sunday.

Family-friendly activities kick off the event on Town Center Drive at 10 a.m., including tricycle races and meet-and-greets with Six Flags Magic Mountain characters. Before the cyclists set off on the race's last stage at noon, the public can watch the competitors during live broadcast interviews on stage at Town Center Drive around 11 a.m. Cyclists should be available for interviews at that time.

Billed as the largest cycling event in America, the full Amgen Tour covers nearly 800 miles of state roadways, leading to the finish line in Thousand Oaks this Sunday. For more information visit www.amgentourofcalifornia.com/Route/stages/stage8.html.

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