Rare May snowstorm sets back California cycling race
A snowman holds a sign along the route that would have been the first stage of the Amgen Tour of California cycling race.
May 16th, 2011
11:08 AM ET

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.

Race organizers canceled the first stage of the tour on Sunday when the storm dumped up to 7 inches of snow over some parts of the Lake Tahoe and Truckee areas, the Union.com reported.

Cyclists weren't the only ones with weather-related headaches.

About 1,800 Pacific Gas and Electric customers lost power on Sunday, the Union.com reported.

The area could see more snow down to the 2,400-foot level Monday night into Tuesday, Kathy Hoxie, a forecaster with the National Weather Service in Sacramento, told the Union.

To the west, even the Bay Area saw snow from Sunday's storm. About three-quarters of an inch covered the top of 4,200-foot Mount Hamilton, the San Francisco Chronicle reported.

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soundoff (36 Responses)
  1. Linari

    KNUTE ROCKNE!

    May 16, 2011 at 1:23 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Cesar

    : > )

    May 16, 2011 at 1:26 pm | Report abuse |
  3. boog

    Are farts supposed to be lumpy?

    May 16, 2011 at 2:23 pm | Report abuse |
  4. boog

    I used to troll but ya know what? i can be an obnoxious sombich using anybodys handle!!

    May 16, 2011 at 2:24 pm | Report abuse |
  5. jmc

    Cesar u are a THE IDIOT

    May 16, 2011 at 2:59 pm | Report abuse |
  6. zippy

    thats meee!!

    May 16, 2011 at 3:21 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Riff*Raff

    @Popeye,he's just trying to bait you again. Pay no attention to the troll behind the curtain.

    May 16, 2011 at 4:02 pm | Report abuse |
  8. jmc

    I wonder how long it will take them to figure out I am Cesar?

    May 16, 2011 at 4:18 pm | Report abuse |
  9. jj

    sorry people that was not me posting earlier

    May 16, 2011 at 5:28 pm | Report abuse |
  10. lol

    no doubt these climate whackjobs will say these record cold temperatures are the result of "global warming"

    May 16, 2011 at 7:45 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Mark Mywords

    NUKE israel TOO! All of it!!!!

    May 16, 2011 at 8:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • ME

      You are dumber then the snowman in the picture!

      May 16, 2011 at 10:07 pm | Report abuse |
  12. jj

    lol it was obviously a joke

    May 16, 2011 at 8:48 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Green Teeth

    Nuke yer mom!!!!!!

    May 16, 2011 at 8:49 pm | Report abuse |
  14. ...

    lol, maybe they should think about planning the race during a part of the year when there isn't snow. They must not be thinking ahead that much.

    May 16, 2011 at 9:14 pm | Report abuse |
  15. VP Algore

    Have fun shoveling all that global warming you left coast morons!! BWWAAAAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

    May 16, 2011 at 9:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • Fred L. Fraud

      It's called "Extreme Weather" you stupid fvkking idiot.

      May 16, 2011 at 9:43 pm | Report abuse |
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