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.

Comments (5)
  1. Mary says:

    I am glad that the officials put safety of the riders first. May everything from here on go well. No one can predict the weather in California

  2. VAN says:

    Your reporting on the Tour of California is son bad. First of all Amgen is the race sponsor and make no decisions about the race other than to put their name on it. The Tour of California (part of AEG) makes the decisions that have been made and your reporters need to educate themselves on these matters before they get on air and embarrass Sacramento with this less than accurate reporting. Get it together 13 and also send out a sports reporter to cover this, geez!

  3. LaVonna Mortensen says:

    I saw my very first Amgen bike race this afternoon in Grass Valley Calif. I was amazed at how well everything was put together

  4. Detlef Kiesler says:

    It started in Nevada City, not Grass Valley.

  5. Sasha Greyson Kelly says:

    Driving downtown today was the most insane thing today a cop at every corner for this race dont get me wrong I think its great but really now we know where our TAX money goes.Why dont we have a cop at every corner of our schools for the safety of our KIDS…. Maybe that would help our childern feel more safe walking to school and parents minds at ease.

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