Riders in the Amgen Tour of California, the largest professional bicycle race in the United States, encountered temperatures well above normal for the Central Coast during Wednesday's Stage 4 along Highway 1.
Heat records were broken throughout San Luis Obispo County on Wednesday, with many inland locations hovering at or near 100 degrees. Along the coast, where the riders spent most of their time, temperatures were a bit more moderate with 80s and 90s.
Stage 4 took cyclists from downtown Monterey, along the Big Sur coast, to the village of Cambria where the winners crossed the finish line around 4:00. The temperature in Cambria at that time was near 90 degrees.
Will Routley took first place for Wednesday's stage and Bradley Wiggins held onto the overall lead.
Wiggins said the heat wasn't too bad along the route, as they could feel a sea breeze most of the time.
Thursday morning at 11:45 the riders take off from the Pismo Beach pier to head the short distance to Arroyo Grande for sprints. It's then off to the Santa Ynez Valley, up and over the San Marcos pass and down into Santa Barbara for the stage's finish.