As Storm Approaches, Tour of California Shifts Gears

A cold, windy storm is impacting the Tour of California, a professional, eight-day race from Sacramento to the Los Angeles area.

A time trial scheduled for Friday was moved from Big Bear to Santa Clarita due to snow and low temperatures in the storm, tour organizers said. The storm is expected to dump over an inch of rain on parts of Southern California.

Organizers wanted to keep riders safe from the very unusual late-spring storm.

"I can only imagine being on a bicycle in the snow, 20 degrees, really not a very safe situation," said Rick Gould, director of the Santa Clarita Parks and Recreation Department.

The competition will still pedal through some rain in Santa Clarita on Friday, but Gould said that the Tour's racers, including Tour de France sprinting champion Mark Cavendish, are experienced enough to safely ride through rain.

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