SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif. (CBS13) — Officials have still not decided whether the unusually cold temperatures forecasted for the first stage of the 2011 Amgen Tour of California will cause any changes to the route.

A sharp decrease in temperatures overnight is expected to lead to heavy snowfall in the Sierra overnight, leaving at least a few inches of snow accumulated on the roads around Lake Tahoe on Sunday morning.

The first stage of the international cycling race is scheduled to begin in South Lake Tahoe at 10:30 a.m.

Temperatures are forecasted to be hovering around a frigid 36 degrees Fahrenheit for the duration of the race, which circles the lake one-and-a-half times before finishing at the Northstar at Tahoe Resort sometime after 3:00 p.m.

Adding to logistical headaches, fans will have to detour around the preferred route to South Lake Tahoe from the Central Valley due to construction that has closed Highway 50 east of Placer County. Motorists can use Highway 88 to Highway 89 instead.

Race officials have made recent statements that contingency plans are in place in case of unsafe racing conditions, but have not elaborated on what those plans entail.

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Comments (11)
  1. Mike Carpino says:

    No one is going to freeze so they can see a group of cyclists shoot by when you can watch it on tv with a hot toddy in hand.

  2. Mike Carpino says:

    will cyclists have to chain up? LOL

    1. Bill says:

      Yuk Yuk Yuk that’s a good one 🙂

  3. Mj says:

    i don’t know what it’s doing in Tahoe, but this is live in Camino
    2,500 – 3,000 ft below Lake Tahoe.

  4. Jay Nielsen says:

    Stage One course is now delayed (1:15pm start/47.5 miler); break out the studed tires!

  5. Jay Nielsen says:

    @ 1:22pm Rider protest… they refuse to ride today…

  6. Jay Nielsen says:

    Andrew Messick (CEO of AEG) talking with several holdouts who refuse to ride…

  7. Jay Nielsen says:

    Stage one of ATOC is CANCELLED! See you in Sacramento tomorow.

  8. Wyliecoyote says:

    Smart move, thanks for the updates. Safety is better.

  9. hope2be2 says:

    Snow at Tahoe,, rain in Modesto on Tuesday. Sure is not showcasing beautiful California. I hope next year is better.

  10. Scott says:

    I really didn’t want to see in tights, on bikes anyway!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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