Caltrans warns of traffic delays this weekend due to Amgen bike tour

Caltrans advises residents to expect traffic delays from 8 to 10 a.m., Saturday, and from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday in Ramona due to the Amgen Tour of California professional bike race.

Cyclists and race officials may come through on Saturday in preparation for the race on Sunday, which will begin in Escondido around 11:15 a.m. Because cyclists will ride through San Pasqual Valley, up State Route 78, through downtown Ramona, and out to Santa Ysabel, Caltrans said drivers should be prepared for rolling road closures between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m., Sunday.

The cyclists are expected to ride through Ramona’s Old Town around noon. From there they will will turn on Third Street and take Old Julian Highway back out to Route 78 to Santa Ysabel.

Crowds are expected to come through to follow the race, as well as ground and aerial media coverage. Many Ramona businesses are planning special sales on Sunday.

The stage 1 route of the Amgen Tour also includes Palomar Mountain and Valley Center. It will finish at Grand Avenue and Broadway in Escondido.

For a map of the route, see

For more about the race, see or

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4 Comments for “Caltrans warns of traffic delays this weekend due to Amgen bike tour”

  1. Gloria

    It looks like it's going to be a super hot one Sunday. My heart and admiration are with those cyclists! xo

  2. Guest

    Drug test required. Lance singlehandedly killed this sport.

    • CA Smith

      If he killed the sport, why is it still continuing? Your statement is highly exaggerated. The sport of bicycle racing still continues. Hopefully, what has been killed is the expectation on the part of some that they can take unfair advantage to win. And yes, I understand that the hope is vain because there will always be some who try to cheat.

  3. hal9000

    THE SPORT OF BICYCLE RACING? What a joke. If I don't want to watch football, I can just turn off the TV. I also don't have to be bothered on my way to work while some football player practices or performs in the streets. Don't make the rest of us endure traffic delays and detours for the sake of your sport. The rude, self-absorbed cyclists that I met say it all. The amount of resources, paid with our tax dollars, wasted on this event is ridiculous. Shutting down Main St on Mother's Day? Even business in Ramona doesn't benefit. I also agree with guest. Bicycle racing appeals to a very small percentage…even smaller now because of Armstrong. He wasn't the only one cheating CA Smith. Don't be so naive.

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