Sunday was cloudy and rainy but that didn’t stop La Cañada residents from cheering on the Amgen Tour of California as it sped through town.
“We had a fair share of people that came out,” said Sgt. Mark Slater of the Crescenta Valley Sheriff’s Station.
Around 2 p.m. a party atmosphere began to build as residents and visitors from nearby communities joined together, many with umbrellas in hand, to see the cyclists race around corners and past homes during Stage 7, the final day of the eight-day event. Many in the crowd assembled at Green Lane and Angeles Crest Highway shared stories of bike tours they had seen in the past while others were not certain what to expect. The one thing in common between those who were veteran race watchers, and those who were new to it was the excitement shared at about 2:40 p.m. as they watched a group of cyclists fly down Angeles Crest Highway, having left the Angeles National Forest only moments before. The entire crowd seemed to hold their breath as the athletes made the left turn onto Green Lane. They came in two groups, the first, the breakaway, flashed by in less than a minute followed by a seemingly endless string of team vehicles and California Highway Patrol cars.