Almanac

News - May 19, 2010

Bicycle race to pass through Woodside

A fast-moving convoy, not of diesel-powered 18-wheelers but of human-powered two-wheelers, will pass through Woodside via Kings Mountain and Woodside roads between 1 and 2 p.m. on the afternoon of Tuesday, May 18.

The eight-day, eight-stage Amgen Tour of California bicycle race started Sunday, May 16, in Nevada City, north of Sacramento, and ends 811 miles later on Sunday, May 23, in Thousand Oaks after a stage in Los Angeles.

The Woodside Town Council approved an encroachment permit that will allow the racers to pass through town.

The convoy is expected to be one and a half miles long and take five minutes to pass any given point. The best place to watch, said cyclist Bob Page, is on the uphill section of Highway 84 past the junction with Portola Road.

The California Highway Patrol will arrive in advance of the cyclists to block the roads, which are expected to reopen around 1:45 p.m., Assistant Town Manager Kevin Bryant told the council on March 23.

The cyclists will be riding up Tunitas Creek Road from Highway 1 and should cross Skyline Boulevard and enter Woodside sometime between 1:05 and 1:40 p.m., Mr. Bryant said.

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