Traffic in the Pasadena area Saturday could be quite a mess as a big bike race finishes, Jet Propulsion Laboratory hold its annual open house and a big U2 rock concert is set for the Rose Bowl.

The 2017 Amgen Tour of California will conclude with a 77.6-mile stage from the Mountain High Ski Area to Pasadena through the Angeles National Forest.

The stage is set to begin at 10:50 a.m. and is expected to conclude at 1:42 p.m. It includes several downhill portions along with approximately 6,400 feet of climbing.

The cyclists will descend on Angeles Forest Highway into La Canada Flintridge. A long straightaway heads into the finish in front of the Pasadena Convention Center.

A daylong “Lifestyle Festival” will be held in front of the Pasadena Civic Auditorium in connection with the race. It will feature cycling products and demonstrations, cancer awareness education, family activities, food, entertainment, live outdoor video screens to view the race and a beer garden.

The Amgen Tour of California is among several special events occurring in Pasadena Saturday. City officials remind the public to arrive early, follow the directions of on-scene public safety officials and electronic message signs and take heed of all temporary and permanent no parking zones because illegally parked vehicles are subject to ticketing and towing.

George Bennett of New Zealand holds a 35-second lead over Rafal Majka of Poland in the seven-stage, 583-mile race which began Sunday in Sacramento.

Bennett entered Friday’s 14.9-mile time trial at Big Bear Lake six seconds behind Majka, but completed the stage 41 seconds faster than Majka. Bennett was fourth in the stage in 28 minutes, 45 seconds. Majka was 22nd in 29:26. Jonathan Dibben of Great Britain won in 28:27.010.

—City News Service


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