People are setting up for the fourth stage of the Amgen Tour of California which is scheduled to begin in Santa Barbara Wednesday morning.
Cyclists from all over the globe will start the stage along the oceanfront Cabrillo Boulevard at 11:30 a.m. The start will be near Casa Las Palmas on 323 Cabrillo Boulevard.
This marks the eighth time and the fifth year in a row that the Santa Barbara region has hosted the seven-stage, 575-mile tour. The tour began May 14 in Sacramento and concludes May 20 in Pasadena.
The Stage 4 part of the race, takes riders 100.3 miles from Santa Barbara to Santa Clarita. Riders will cycle through neighboring Montecito and Carpinteria, up two short steep KOMs to Lake Casitas and into Ojai. Onwards and up the Dennison Grade to Santa Paula, they will have to take on the steep climb of Balcom Canyon before descending Grimes Canyon to a straight finish in Santa Clarita around 3:45 p.m.
Spectators are asked to be care of no parking and tow away signs which are up. Cabrillo Boulevard will be closed between Garden Street and Calle Cesar Chavez until Wednesday at 6:00 p.m.
The bulk of the preparation will be happening in the early morning hours Wednesday. Fans of cycling or just people are interested are asked to come out and show their support for cyclists to welcome them to Santa Barbara.