NEVADA CITY (CBS13) – After two days of cancellations and delays due to weather, the Amgen Tour of California has finally begun.
Riders left Nevada City just before 12:30 to start Stage 2 of the race which is really their first leg.
Stage 1 which was supposed to begin yesterday in South Lake Tahoe was cancelled due to icy roadways. Stage 2 was scheduled to start this morning from Squaw Valley, but more bad weather forced organizers to delay the start and move it further down the hill in Nevada City.
Crews scrambled this morning to move the starting gate and other equipment from Squaw Valley to Nevada City.
“Thanks to the quick action taken by Duane Strawser, Nevada City’s 2010 local organizing committee (LOC) chairman, we were able to make this location change, allowing us a great and practical location to lead off today’s race,” said Andrew Messick, president of AEG Sports, presenter of the race. “Nevada City did an outstanding job hosting the first stage of the 2010 race and we know that the riders and fans will appreciate the return.”
Riders will travel 61 miles from Nevada City to Sacramento, picking up the original Stage 2 route. Riders will enter Sacramento at around 3 p.m. and complete three circuit laps before finishing in front of the Capitol Building between 3:30 p.m. and 3:45 p.m.
The race’s original schedule called for only one complete circuit, but due to the change in course the addition circuits were added.