NEVADA CITY (CBS 5) ― The location for the Stage 2 start of the Tour of California was moved Monday due to poor weather and road conditions, race organizers said.

The decision came after Stage 1 was wiped out Sunday because of snow, forcing organizers to cut the event from eight to seven stages.

Monday’s official start to the race was set to occur at 12:15 p.m. from a location on Broad Street in Nevada City, as opposed to the original staring location in Squaw Valley.

On the revised Stage 2 route, riders were scheduled to travel approximately 61 miles to Sacramento, picking up the original Stage 2 route and completing three circuit laps before finishing in front of the state Capitol Building between 3:30 and 3:45 p.m.

The race’s original schedule called for only one complete circuit, but due to the modified course, the additional two circuits were added on Monday morning.

Before calling off Sunday’s Stage 1 start, organizers had delayed the race by 2 hours, 45 minutes and shortened the scheduled 118.7-mile road race from South Lake Tahoe to Northstar at Tahoe Resort to 49.2 miles.

When the weather cleared a bit, the 144 riders were signed in at the start and about to compete under a light snowfall, a temperature of 35 degrees and 12 mph wind, but organizers called it off less than a minute before the start.

Originally set for 763.8 miles, the race has now been cut to 645.1 miles.

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