Expect each leg of Amgen Tour through county to last about an hour

The more than 120 cyclists participating in the 2012 Amgen Tour of California will ride 117.1 miles from San Francisco to Aptos Monday, May 14. With the race beginning at 11:05 a.m., the route will take the athletes down Highway 1 to Bonny Doon, Empire Grade Road, Jamison Creek Road, Highway 9, Bear Creek Road, Summit Road, Old San Jose Road, Soquel Drive and end at Cabrillo College, where a health and wellness fair will be taking place from 11 a.m to 4:30 p.m. There will be rolling road closures in place to accommodate the competitors, as well as the many race and media relate vehicles tagging along. According to Caltrans, the closures will be:
  • 1:40-2:20 p.m. as they ride through Davenport along Highway 1 and exit onto Bonny Doon Road.
  • 2:20-3:15 p.m. for the trek south on Highway 236 from Jamison Creek Road to Highway 9 and then onto Bear Creek Road.
  • 2:45-3:30 p.m. closure signs are marked for the area of Highway 17 at Summit Road.
Meanwhile, 3:53 p.m. is when the fastest riders are expected to cross the finish line. Closure times are approximate. The California Highway Patrol will manage the blockades as the riders move through the race route. Officers will reopen roads after the last rider rolls through each area and when it is safe to do so, said officer Sarah Jackson, CHP spokesperson. For closure and traffic updates, visit www.dot.ca.gov/dist05/maint/road/upmon.htm or call 372-0862.    
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