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Old 05-13-15, 08:59 AM
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Weather this week on 39, GMR/GRR (May 13 2015)

I'm flying to SoCal on Thursday for long weekend including watching some ATOC. I'd also like to ride 39 up to Crystal Lake. I've seen the weather has been pretty cold and there's been snow in the mountains. Can anyone share advice on how to dress if I'm heading to Crystal Lake, or Mt Baldy Village? Are those areas getting snow as well? Thanks
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We have unusual May weather about to drop on us. Snow is expected in our mountains beginning Thursday evening. Whatever isn't snow will be rain, covering all of Socal. I doubt it will be much fun to ride in. NWS calls for storms to continue into late Friday, clearing Saturday.

Amgen ToC is watching the weather closely, with possible change of plans on the table for Friday.
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Saturday looks like it will be dry - but cooler - up GMR area. The last few weekends up there have been nice, except the descents have been cold. I was fine with full finger spring type gloves, slightly heavier socks and a wind jacket. But if it is it wet, expect to be very cold (shoe covers and leg warmers for the the downhills). From the start of GMR all the way to Baldy there isn't any shelter, so watch the weather reports
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Thanks very much for the replies. I'm going to bring some of my gear suited for early April in the Northeast US as well as warmer weather kit, just in case. I'm amazed at the variability of weather this time of year in SoCal. I usually come in to see the ATOC and some years it's been in the 90sF and others it's been a really pleasant 70sF (like last year), but this is new for me.
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Change of venue for Friday:

"*Critical Race Update*

Friday's Men's & Women's Individual Time Trials will be relocated to Santa Clarita due to weather concerns.



Due to the forecast of snow and low temperatures, the Amgen Tour of California organizers have determined that race day conditions will not be safe for riders, teams, partners, fans or staff participating or attending the Individual Time Trial events scheduled for Friday, May 15 at Big Bear Lake.
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Yeah but Saturday is still a go all be it quite cold. It should be a mad house if the weather does not scare everyone away.
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Old 05-15-15, 11:03 PM
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It snowed at Newcomb's Ranch at ~5K feet on the Angeles Crest today, and there's a 50% chance of rain in Baldy Village (~4K feet) in the afternoon for Saturday. It's probably even more likely to rain/snow up higher at the ski lifts. It will be cold either way (forecast high for Baldy Village is ~59, so the low will probably be around 40). If I were going I'd wear wool that will stay warm when wet or sweaty, a breathable waterproof jacket, leg warmers, wool socks, and probably a spare jersey and socks in ziplock bags for the ride down. A helmet liner or cover would also make it a lot warmer, too. Sunday will probably be nicer but still cold-- I'd assume cold at Crystal Lake, but most likely dry. Snow will probably clear off the road quickly, but you might see patches off the road.
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Friend posted a video from near the ski lifts on Thursday night. Snow!
Could be dicey.
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The forecast I see shows no chance of precipitation. Not sure where people are seeing this.
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Old 05-16-15, 11:58 AM
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Weather.com

look up weather for Mt Baldy, California (it sometimes tries to give you Mt. Baldy Canada)

Weather Underground (wunderground.com) is showing chance of rain as early as 10am.

Forecasts at the base are often very different than forecasts at elevation, and given the microclimates, you're likely to end up riding through rain somewhere along the way whether it's forecast or not when the clouds are like this.

edit: radar is showing light rain on both Baldy Rd. and GRR just below the village right now (11 am)
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Super cold up gmr and baldy and yes it was raining
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people flying in to see TOC, and 99% of cyclists in LA too lazy to go watch it in their own backyard.. I dont blame them LOL
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I was up there, it was pretty chilly but still tons of fun!! And the crowds were pretty big considering, must have been all that liquid courage.
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Originally Posted by 53x11 View Post
people flying in to see TOC, and 99% of cyclists in LA too lazy to go watch it in their own backyard.. I dont blame them LOL
If you actually want to see much racing, it's better to watch on TV, unless you can get a ride in one of the cars. I usually think of watching ATOC as going out for a nice ride that's interrupted briefly by someone else's bike race, and saturday wasn't a very appealing day to ride in the mountains.
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It not necessarily about watching the race but enjoying the moment. On that day most people did get to see the riders twice, fast and slower, if you can say 10+mph up the following bowling alley is slower. I brought Hot Cocoa and a down jacket so enjoying the race was not as uncomfortable as it sounds. Not to mention we were able to get our climbing in shortly after the TV coverage started and they had big screen to watch it live as well.
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