Posted: May 16, 2013 4:10 PM by April Hansen, KSBY
Updated: May 17, 2013 8:51 AM
Avila Beach wasn't the only Central Coast town on the world stage when the Amgen Tour of California rolled through.
Riders sprinted through three other cities.
The cyclists flew through Orcutt, Guadalupe and Arroyo Grande after taking off from Santa Barbara on Thursday.
The 115-mile leg was one of the longest days for the riders since the start of the tour four days ago from Southern California, but instead of watching at the finish line, some locals lined the streets of Orcutt to catch a glimpse of the riders.
"We like cycling. We like riding. I like cycling," said Trevor, an Amgen Fan.
"I thought it was amazing how fast they were," said ten-year-old Kailey Anaya.
It was this enthusiasm that welcomed more than 100 cyclists to Old Town Orcutt.
"It's cool to have it come through, not only through Santa Maria, but right through Orcutt," said Trevor.
"It's great for the community. It's great for the town something so huge come through this little place," said Susan Guthrie.
Fans of all ages lined Clark Avenue cheering and applauding as the riders sprinted through town.
"There was a lot of energy. They were cheering and they had cow bells and everyone was excited," said Guthrie.
This portion of the ride only lasted a few minutes.
"We were just talking about how short it was. Two or three seconds and I've been here for an hour," said Guthrie.
But the fans say they were still impressed and glad they didn't miss it.
"I saw lots of bikes coming and a lot of happy people," said Kailey.
This route was the sprint portion of the stage.
At the end of the tour, a rider is awarded the sprint jersey for the most points.
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