The host city and start of Stage 6 of the 2010 Amgen Tour of California must be changed due to road conditions. The Queen Stage of this year’s edition, 132.8-mile (213.7km) long, was originally slated to start in Pasadena to make its to Big Bear Lake via the Angeles Crest Highway.
“Due to severe road damage on the Angeles Crest Highway (Route 2) above La Cañada Flintridge caused by the recent winter storms, we have been forced to change the route for Stage 6 of the 2010 Amgen Tour of California. This change is being made at the direct request of Caltrans, which has notified us that due to the potential safety hazards, the road will be unable to accommodate our race. Stage 6, scheduled for May 21, 2010, will no longer start in Pasadena and we are working to secure a new stage start, which we are hopeful of announcing in the coming days.” said Andrew Messick, President, AEG Sports
Stage 6 will still finish in Big Bear Lake as planned with the last ascent to the finish at more than 7,000 foot elevation to the Snow Summit ski area.
Messick concluded, “As long-term partners with Pasadena, we appreciate how graciously they have handled this difficult situation. We look forward to returning to Pasadena soon.”
Update: A February 16 press release from the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) announced that SR-2 from La Canada-Flintridge to Mount Wilson Road is closed to the public due to severe damage resulting from last September’s Station Fire as well as recent heavy rains.
The heavy rains during mid-January caused several mudslides and road washouts along SR-2 in the Angeles National Forest. Heavy rains caused portions of the asphalt along with the fill under the road to wash away leaving large gaps in the roadway. A Caltrans damage assessment team has determined that the most significant road washouts range between 50 to 110 feet along the highway and about 200 feet below it at some locations, making the highway unsafe and impassable.