May 14, 2014 10:35 PM by Victoria Johnson, KSBY News
This is the first time Cambria has hosted a stage of the Amgen Tour of California and it was an exciting day for the people there. Organizers say this event is bringing about 5,000 people to an otherwise quiet town. Business owners say they have been busy preparing for the huge crowds.
"We are preparing more today," says Hebert de la Sancha from Woodies Pizza.
On a typical Wednesday, de la Sancha says Woodies Pizza bakes about 10-15 large pizzas but he hopes he does more business today. Local businesses in Cambria are welcoming the largest bike race in America.
"It's taking over the town hasn't it? It's one of the tourist places people know about," says
Thomas Rossman, a spectator from Burbank.
It's not just fans in Cambria waiting for the cycling superstars to ride from Monterey to the finish line, but a global audience who are getting a taste of the small town.
"This has got to be great for the economy. The shops are open," says Kathryn West, Advocacy Director Amgen Oncology.
Business owners like de la Sancha say they hope the Amgen tour rides through their town again next year.
"I'm excited because I've never seen this happen in my life. That's good, it's good for me," says de la Sancha.
Because of the drought, water is a concern for businesses and hotels in the area. Both water and port potties were trucked in specifically for this event.
The cyclists will start on the Pismo Pier and ride to Santa Barbara for the next stage of the Amgen Tour of California starting on Thursday morning.
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