The stage 6 time trial of the Amgen Tour of California has been relocated from Big Bear Lake to Santa Clarita due to concerns of up to a foot of snow expected on Friday, race organizers announced Wednesday night via press release.
Excerpts from that press release below:
Due to the forecast of snow and low temperatures, the Amgen Tour of California organizers have determined that race day conditions will not be safe for riders, teams, partners, fans or staff participating or attending the Individual Time Trial events scheduled for Friday, May 15, at Big Bear Lake.
In order to preserve the important Time Trial stage of the 2015 Amgen Tour of California, arrangements are being formalized to relocate Friday’s Men’s and Women’s Individual Time Trials to the Santa Clarita vicinity.
Specific details regarding the course, road closures and other important information will be announced on Thursday, May 14th via press release and on-line at www.amgentourofcalifornia.com.
Amgen Tour of California Executive Director Kristin Klein commented, “While we are very disappointed to have to relocate the Individual Time Trials from Big Bear Lake, the safety of all of those affected has always been our primary concern.”
“We are extremely appreciative of everything the Big Bear Lake Organizing Committee has done for us this past year and in years past. While it is truly unfortunate that the community of Big Bear Lake will not fully capitalize on the impact as expected, our decision had to be based on the safety of the riders, the teams, the fans and residents,” commented Klein. “We owe everyone in Big Bear Lake a debt of gratitude and look forward to the opportunity to return to Big Bear Lake in the coming years.”
Friday’s schedule for Stage 6 Presented by Lexus in Santa Clarita will be:
11:00 a.m. – Women’s Individual Time Trial
1:00 p.m. – Men’s Individual Time Trial