Estavayer, Switzerland-- "On behalf of the peloton I thank the AMGEN Tour of California organizers for their excellent management when faced with extreme weather conditions at Big Bear Lake," said CPA President Gianni Bugno.
The stage 6 time trial was re-located from Big Bear Lake to Santa Clarita due to the forecast of snow, freezing temperatures, and unsafe race conditions.
"This episode should serve as a model for all race organizers to keep participants informed and to make tough decisions as early as possible," said Bugno.
The race organizers AEG and Medalist Sports monitored the weather forecast, formed a contingency plan, made the decision to re-locate the stage on Wednesday (more than 36 hours in advance of the time trial), and seamlessly executed the alternative plan.
"The Tour of California is a world-class event, and they showed it again with their handling of the Big Bear weather situation," said American Ted King of Cannondale-Garmin, who competed in his final AMGEN Tour of California.
The CPA has lobbied their fellow pro cycling stakeholders to take rider safety into greater consideration when races face extreme weather conditions. The CPA is part of the UCI's Working Group to create an Extreme Weather Protocol.