Amgen bike race at Lake Tahoe: Breaking down travel impacts |

Amgen bike race at Lake Tahoe: Breaking down travel impacts

A pack of women’s cyclists circle Lake Tahoe during the 2015 women’s Amgen Tour of California.
Courtesy Jon Paul / Lake Tahoe Visitors Authority |

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LAKE TAHOE, Calif. — Motorists can expect limited road closures and delays when the Amgen Tour of California pedals its way into Lake Tahoe later this month.

Stage 1 of the women’s pro cycling competition is set to start at roughly 10:50 a.m. May 19 at the base of Heavenly Mountain Resort on the South Shore, with 120 planned participants and 80 support vehicles traveling clockwise around the lake, finishing at about 2 p.m. at Heavenly.

Portions of roadway will be closed for about 20 minutes in both direction as part of rolling stops along the 72-mile course route, said Mike Frye, event and international media relations manager for Lake Tahoe Visitors Authority.

Vehicles will be allowed to follow behind the procession; however, traffic heading toward the procession will be pulled to the side of the road until it passes.

People wishing to avoid race impacts are advised to give themselves a 30-minute cushion on Highway 89 on the West Shore, and an hour cushion on highways 28 and 50 on either end of the below intersection arrival times:

• Enter Meeks Bay – 11:43 a.m.

• Enter Tahoma on Highway 89 – 11:51 a.m.

• Turn right onto Highway 28 at Tahoe City – 12:13 p.m.

• Enter Kings Beach – 12:35 p.m.

• Enter Nevada at Stateline Road – 12:40 p.m.

• Right turn onto Lakeshore Blvd. in Incline Village -12:46 p.m.

• Right turn onto Highway 28 – 12:54 p.m.

• Right turn onto Highway 50 from Highway 28/Spooner Summit – 1:19 p.m.

Arrival times are approximate, according to race officials, and based on a 10:50 a.m. start. If the start is delayed, arrival times will change in proportion.

Meanwhile, Stage 5 of the men’s race, which begins in Lodi, Calif., will enter the basin from Pioneer Trail on the South Shore at approximately 3:15 p.m. on May 19, continuing onto Ski Run Boulevard before finishing at about 3:45 p.m. at Heavenly, Frye said.

He added that there will be “limited impacts” to area roadways from the men’s race, which will include about 200 participants and 100 support vehicles.

Electronic and other signage will be posted by May 12 to notify the traveling public of the race and its anticipated impacts.

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