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UPDATES: Biking activities take center stage in Santa Clarita Valley

Adds detail on Stage 3 finish and Stage 4 start

Posted: May 13, 2013 10:11 a.m.
Updated: May 13, 2013 11:51 a.m.
 

You might call today the kick-off of Bicycle Week in the Santa Clarita Valley.

The highlight is likely to be the Stage 3 finish of the Amgen Tour of California in Santa Clarita on Tuesday, perhaps followed by the send-off of Stage 4 on Wednesday afternoon.

But biking rules throughout the week in the SCV.

For some motorists, the inconvenience may outweigh the two-wheeled enthusiasm as roads are closed Tuesday and Wednesday afternoons to accommodate competitors in what organizers call the largest and most recognized annual cycling road race in the nation.

Santa Clarita officials have had signs up along the route for days warning motorists of road closures.

Tuesday road closures

Racers leave Palmdale at 11:20 a.m. Tuesday and enter the Santa Clarita Valley by way of San Francisquito Canyon Road on a circuitous route that takes them along Copper Hill Drive and The Old Road on the way back into the mountains by way of Lake Hughes Road.

Those streets will be partly or completely closed during the race. City organizers estimate the closures in Santa Clarita will be between 12:45 p.m. and 1:30 p.m. for southbound San Francisquito Canyon Road through the Industrial Center to Interstate 5.

The cyclists will travel Lake Hughes Road to Elizabeth Lake Road and then head eastward above the Santa Clarita Valley to Bouquet Canyon Road, which they will take to head back into the valley.

This leg will see a 40-minute closure of Bouquet Canyon Road followed by closures on Valencia Boulevard and Magic Mountain Parkway. These closures are expected to occur between 2:30 p.m. and 4 p.m.

Race organizers warn times could vary according to the pace of the competitors.

Wednesday road closures

Stage 4 will take racers up McBean Parkway from Town Center Drive to Newhall Ranch Road, where they will turn west and head toward Highway 126 on the way to Santa Barbara. Road closures in those areas are expected to last 45 minutes and begin at 12:15 p.m.

Santa Clarita will offer up-to-date traffic situation reports at www.santaclaritatourofca.com, city officials said.

Bicycle-themed events

Other bicycle-themed events planned this week include:

Today: Tour of California viewing party: For those who can’t get enough of the bicycle race with up close and personal experiences Tuesday and Wednesday, there will be an Amgen Tour of California viewing party Monday evening to watch Stage 2 of the race from Murrieta to Palm Springs. The party begins at 7:30 p.m. Monday at Salt Creek Grille in the Valencia Town Center. The tab is on you and everyone’s invited.

Tuesday: Lifestyle Festival: Beginning at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Valencia Town Center hosts a Lifestyle Festival along Magic Mountain Parkway between Citrus and Auto Center Drive. The festival features trick riders, exhibitors and a beer garden. Live coverage of the race from NBC Sports will be broadcast during the festival beginning at 2 p.m.

Tuesday: Breakaway Mile: Four Amgen Tour of California host cities, including Santa Clarita, will hold a “Breakaway Mile” half- to full-mile walk to honor the nearly 12 million cancer survivors in the United States. Walking the Santa Clarita Breakaway Mile will be local resident Nancy Eckels, who will begin her walk at 2 p.m. from the Mercedes-Benz of Valencia dealership toward the finish line near Citrus and Magic Mountain Parkway.

Tuesday: Watch the race: Route maps are available at santaclaritatourofca.com, and Santa Clarita officials say spectators are welcome throughout the route. They advise that both the Stage 3 finish and the Stage 4 start are anchored at the Westfield Valencia Town Center, which will provide “excellent vantage points to watch the race.” Stage 3 is expected to end at 3:48 p.m. — though organizers note times could vary — on Magic Mountain Parkway Between Citrus Street and Auto Center Drive. An Amgen Tour of California awards ceremony will follow at Town Center Drive. Magic Mountain Parkway will be closed on the north side of the mall.

Wednesday: Watch the race: Route maps are available at santaclaritatourofca.com, and Santa Clarita officials say spectators are welcome throughout the route. They advise that both the Stage 3 finish and the Stage 4 start are anchored at the Westfield Valencia Town Center, which will provide “excellent vantage points to watch the race.” Stage 3 is expected to end at 3:48 p.m. — though organizers note times could vary — on Magic Mountain Parkway Between Citrus Street and Auto Center Drive. An Amgen Tour of California awards ceremony will follow at Town Center Drive. Magic Mountain Parkway will be closed on the north side of the mall.

Thursday: Bike to Work Day: A friendly competition sponsored by the city of Santa Clarita challenges employers to get the most employees to bike to work. Five bicycle pit stops will be offered free by the city and riders can win prizes from both the city and Metro.

Thursday: Senses with a two-wheel theme: Senses on Main Street, the monthly block party in downtown Newhall, celebrates all things bicycling 7 p.m.-11 p.m. along Main Street. Live music, food, drink, contests and other entertainment characterize the event with activities for all ages.

 

 

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