Tour is helping pedal business

first_imgThe coffee shop Java `N Jazz, at 24300 Town Center Drive in Valencia, is right by the race route. A portion of nearby McBean Parkway will be closed to vehicles from 10 p.m. Friday to 10 p.m. Saturday. With all those vehicles off the road, there will be plenty of spectators on foot to fill the thoroughfare. Tens of thousands of fans, family members and others are expected to come to Santa Clarita for the event. Nick Losorelli, 18, who works at Java `N Jazz, said things were hopping at the coffee shop during last year’s Santa Clarita marathon and he expects the Amgen tour to mean the same. “I heard that it was just like a line out the door the whole time, and we had someone stationed out front selling hot chocolate and coffee,” he said. Bicycle stores in the city generally see an uptick in business after the Tour de France is broadcast. And similarly after the Amgen Tour – for which Santa Clarita is Stage 6 – cycling stores also could see a boost. SANTA CLARITA – For store owners awaiting next weekend’s Amgen Tour of California, throngs of spectators and local residents getting excited about bicycling translates into one thing: sales opportunities. The Santa Clarita Valley’s many bicycle stores could benefit from the newfound interest some residents might take in bicycling when the tour comes through town. And store owners along the race route also expect to get a boost. “Summer’s coming, it’s getting to our busy time anyway – it will just light a fire under people’s butts to get them in here even more,” said Bob Pottorff, who works at Performance Cyclery in Santa Clarita. “If they get into road-bike riding, they’re not going to have a problem spending $1,000 or $1,500 bucks to get into it,” said Ed Eckle, owner of Valley Bicycles in Santa Clarita, noting the costs for a bike, speedometer, helmet and accessories. Meanwhile, many of those who work in the cycle shops say they, too, are eager to watch the Amgen Tour race. Pottorff said he will watch the race during his lunch break and Eckle plans to be at the family ride in the morning. As for Losorelli, the coffee shop worker? He already has a mountain bike but wouldn’t describe himself as a biking fanatic. He’s too busy with school for that. [email protected] (661) 257-5253160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img