Stage 2 - Nevada City to Lodi
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May 11, 2015 - Stage 2

With just one climb and elevations of 2,500 feet in Nevada City, which is hosting its third race start, and a more gentle climb of 55 feet in Lodi, this will likely be another sprinter-friendly stage. After a short circuit on the historic Nevada City Classic course, the riders will head into Grass Valley where another warm reception will await. From Grass Valley, the peloton will head due south on two race favorites: Rattlesnake Road and Dog Bar Road.

The route passes just east of Auburn this year over the Auburn-Foresthill Bridge, the tallest bridge in California. From here, the riders can look over their shoulders to the American River some 730 feet below and the start of the Highway 49 climb. Once they reach the KOM, it is a fast downhill route into Lodi. On the way, the stage will cross several railroad crossings and past several vineyards that have established Lodi as the "Zinfandel Capital of the World." Expect a shootout between some of the top sprinters in the world as the peloton reaches the finishing circuits downtown.

Viewing Spots

If you are adventuress, you have three great opportunities to catch the race: start in Nevada City to enjoy one of the most beautiful cities in California. As soon as the race leaves hurry down CA49 to Auburn and watch the race cross the Auburn Foresthill Bridge (4th tallest bridge in the USA). Finally, make your way down to Lodi and pick out a spot on the finish circuit. School Street would a great choice.

ROUTE DETAILS

Day: Monday, May 11, 2015
Time: 11:00 AM Start
Stage Start: Nevada City
Stage Finish: Lodi 
Miles: 120.4 mi
Kilometers: 193.7 km
Elevation Gain: 6,000 ft

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