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Tahoe traffic delays expected to be minimal with Tour of California

Sebastian Foltz
sfoltz@tahoedailytribune.com
The women's peloton leaves the start of stage two of the 2015 Amgen Tour of California at Heavenly Mountain Resort last May in South Lake Tahoe.
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RACE SCHEDULE

Women

10:50 a.m. Start at Heavenly California Base

11 a.m. Al Tahoe Blvd / Highway 50

11:05 a.m. Highway 50 / Highway 89

11:11 a.m. Camp Richardson

1:19 p.m. Spooner Summit

1:49 p.m. Highway 50 / Lake Parkway

1:52 p.m. Highway 50 / Pioneer Trail

1:54 p.m. Pioneer / Ski Run Boulevard

2 p.m. Finish at Heavenly California Base

Men

10 a.m. Start in Lodi

3:20 p.m. Highway 89 / Cornelian Drive

3:27 p.m. Mandan Street / Pioneer Trail

3:42 p.m. Pioneer / Ski Run Boulevard

3:45 p.m. Finish at Heavenly California Base

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE — Local Amgen Tour of California cycling race officials are reminding area residents and visitors to expect some minor traffic delays Thursday, May 19, with riders passing through the area before finishing at the California Lodge at Heavenly Mountain Resort. Motorists are being urged to plan accordingly.

Organizers expect traffic delays to be minimal on race day with rolling closures around the Tahoe Basin.

“If people are planning around the time frames, it shouldn’t be a problem,” Lake Tahoe Visitors Authority director Carol Chaplin said, describing potential delays. “They’re really not that long.”

Stage 1 of the women’s race will kickoff in the California Lodge parking lot at 10 a.m. before heading down Ski Run Boulevard, Pioneer Trail and Al Tahoe Boulevard.

Racers are expected to reach Camp Richardson by 11 a.m. to begin a clockwise lap around the lake.

“In the morning [delays are] going to be minimal,” LTVA events coordinator Mike Frye said. “Rolling stops only last around 20 minutes. When they come in the afternoon it’s going to be a bit slower.”

The longest delays will come as the women’s riders pass along the western and eastern shores, and as both the men’s and women’s stages finish at Heavenly.

The women’s peloton is expected to reach Tahoe City around 12:15 p.m. and pass through Incline Village around 12:46 p.m.

“You should be where you want to be by 1:30 p.m.” Frye recommended for the afternoon.

Both Chaplin and Frye said most delays should not be more than 20 minutes, but also suggested allowing an hour cushion for riders to pass along the eastern and western shore.

The women are expected to reach U.S. Highway 50 at Spooner Summit around 1:20 p.m.

From there, riders will pass through the casino corridor at Stateline before finishing at the California Lodge around 2 p.m.

The men’s Stage 5 will begin in the morning in Lodi, California, and reach Meyers by Luther Pass around 3:20 p.m.

The peloton will use Pioneer Trail to reach the stage finish at the California Lodge around 3:40 p.m.

Lake Tahoe Unified School district will operate on a half-day schedule on race day. Spectators are welcome at the finish area and along the course, but should arrive in advance of road closures.

Additional race information is available at http://www.amgentourofcalifornia.com.


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