Rare May snowstorm sets back California cycling race
A rare mid-May snowstorm forced organizers to cancel the first stage of the Amgen Tour of California cycling race on Sunday and move the start location of the second leg on Monday.
The beginning of the second stage Monday will now be in Nevada City, California, instead of Squaw Valley, organizers reported on their website.
The Amgen Tour of California is described as a Tour de France-type event and the largest cycling race in the country. The world’s top cycling teams compete.
Officials changed the stage two start point after the snow forced the closure of the Donner Pass on Highway 80, the only exit from the High Sierra to California’s Central Valley and a key section of the original stage two route, cyclingnews.com reported.