Lotsa cyclists; lotsa road closures Sept. 6

The 2014 Mammoth Fall Century and Gran Fondo cycling event expects approximately 1,200 cyclists in Mammoth Lakes Saturday, Sept. 6, and as a result, traffic patterns on a number of roads will change to accommodate the riders.

Cyclists will ride on highways S.R. 203, U.S. 395, S.R. 120, and Benton Crossing Road throughout the day.

The Fall Century and Gran Fondo will once again begin from The Village but at a new starting time of 7 a.m. 

The shorter 42 -mile “Piccolo” and 70-mile “Medio” courses also start (9 a.m.) and end at The Village at Mammoth rather than the Whitmore Ball Fields. 

Because of the number of riders—the event is expected to draw a record number for the annual ride—and the area covered, specific traffic control measures will be in effect.

The Town Council at its last meeting approved the following traffic control measures:

1. Lower Canyon Boulevard will be closed between Lake Mary Road and Hillside Drive from 5 a.m. to 8 p.m.

2. Between 7 a.m. and approximately 7:20 a.m., eastbound traffic will be delayed on Lake Mary Road and Main Street (S.R. 203) including northbound traffic on U.S. 395.

3. Between 7 a.m. and 9 a.m., U.S. 395 northbound from S.R. 203 to the junction of S.R. 120 will experience heavy bicycle traffic.

4. Between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m., motorists should expect heavy bicycle traffic along SR 120 east between U.S. 395 and the Benton Crossing Road.

5. Minaret Road from Forest Trail to Main Lodge (SR 120) will be closed from 9:00 a.m. to 9:20 a.m. for the start of the shorter 42 mile “Piccolo” and 70 mile “Medio” courses. Access to Scenic Loop Road will also be temporarily closed from 9:00 a.m. to 9:20 a.m.

6. Expect heavy or increased bike traffic throughout the day for both southbound and northbound U.S. 395 motorists between Crowley Lake and the junction with S.R. 203. Please be aware of increased bike traffic on Crowley Lake Drive and potential delays.