Originally set to begin Feb. 14 with an out-and-back road race in Sacramento, the event will now begin in the state's capital with a prologue and then continue Feb. 15 with stage 1 from Davis to Santa Rosa, according to a report in the Santa Rosa Press-Democrat.

Additionally, the newspaper reported in its online edition Monday night (Dec. 1) that the previously announced three-stage women's race has been reduced to a one-day criterium in Santa Rosa.

Sacramento and San Jose, which were also part of the three-day women's stage race, have dropped out. A women's criterium is scheduled at 1 p.m. Feb. 15 on a .7-mile loop in downtown Santa Rosa.

I'm pretty bummed about this one. It's sad to see that the women being let down again. Last year was also just a one-day crit in Santa Rosa, which I missed because it was a logistical nightmare getting from Sausalito to Santa Rosa in time for the event. I was hoping to see some friends in the race and a three-day event with the Full Armstrong Effect would have been a great experience.

via norcalcyclingnews

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