Law enforcement agencies tell people that if they don’t need to be downtown, stay away.
Meanwhile, for those who plan to head into town to watch the action, there are a few road closures and parking restrictions to be aware of.
No parking tow away zones and road closures will be enforced from 6 p.m. Sunday through 8 p.m. Monday on Front Street between Soquel Avenue and Water Street; Pacific Avenue between Water and Locust streets; River Street between Water and Front streets; South River Street between River Street and Soquel Avenue; and Cooper Street between Pacific and Front.
So-called “moving” road closures and parking restrictions will be in place from 4 a.m. to 3 p.m. on race day. Road closures will span about two hour intervals between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. along High Street from the city limit to Bay Street; Bay from High to Mission streets; Mission from Bay to Walnut Avenue; Walnut from Mission to Center streets; Center between Walnut and Pacific; Pacific between Center and Front streets; and Front between Pacific and Soquel avenues.
There also will be moving road closures along Highway 1 to Bonny Doon Road from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.; from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. along Bonny Doon to Empire Grade and from noon-2:30 along Empire Grade to Bay.
And from 4 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday, expect road closures and no parking on Pacific Avenue between Cathcart and Locust streets; Locust between Cedar Street and Pacific Avenue ; Church Street between Cedar and Pacific; Walnut between Cedar Street and Pacific; Lincoln Street between Cedar and Pacific; and Soquel between Pacific and Front.
The finish line is at the intersection of Front and Cooper streets. Th race is expected to wrap up aroun 2:30 p.m.
All closure times may vary depending on the weather and the pace of the racers.
Tour fans who leave their car at home and cycle to the race route may opt to use a bicycle valet service that will be set up near the Wells Fargo branch on River near Cooper streets. People Power, a local bicycle advocacy group, will operate the service from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Expect 450 volunteers to work the Santa Cruz County leg of the event.
Also expect all the law enforcement agencies in the county to be out ensuring the both the safety of the racers and the public.
The nine-day Amgen Tour begins Saturday in Sacramento and wraps up 750 miles away on Feb. 22 in Escondido in San Diego County . The race will feature big names in the cycling world including Lance Armstrong, seven-time Tour de France champ and cancer survivor. It’s the largest cycling event in the U.S.
The tour first hit the road in 2006 in the name of cancer research. This year’s event is the largest ever, with an estimated 1.6 million spectators expected to line-up along the route.
How many of those people will descend upon Santa Cruz ? There are no official estimates, as this is the first year the race will swing through town.