May 15, 2013 8:43 PM by Keli Moore, KSBY News

Amgen Tour of California: What to know for race day

More than 7,000 spectators are expected to gather around the ocean front finish line Thursday of Stage 5 of the Amgen Tour of California bike race in Avila Beach.

Most downtown Avila Beach restaurants, bars and tasting rooms will be open, but there won't be food vendors. If you get thirsty, there will be a beer garden at the Lifestyle Festival, which will also have up to 40 vendors displaying cycling and healthy living items.

Water will be for sale, and for relief there are 70 portable toilets throughout downtown as well as at shuttle pick-up locations. A free shuttle will make stops at the five parking locations in and around Avila, but remember parking is limited and once it's at capacity, which is roughly 2,000 vehicles, CHP won't let any more cars into town.

"My advice to you, to people who want to come out, is riding your bike. We will have a bike valet for up to 1,500 bikes," said Greg Schulte, Assistant County Administration Officer for San Luis Obispo County.

The valet will be located on the golf course at the end of the Bob Jones Trail.

Noon is the recommended time to get to Avila if you plan on driving.

A couple of other things to help prepare for Thursday, remember Ontario Road will be closed to vehicles all day. Bikes and people on foot will be able to use the road.

Bellevue-Santa Fe Charter School in Avila Valley will get out at 12:30 p.m. to help with the traffic concern. Employees of Diablo Canyon Nuclear Power Plant have an alternate route they can use to get home through their northern access road.

For anyone who lives in Avila Beach, this does not include the estates; there are access passes available to get in and out of town once the road closes. Residents and business owners can pick one up at the community center in Avila.



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