Freezing cold temperatures and snow storms won't stop the 10th annual Amgen Tour of California from kicking off Friday.
"It's rain or shine," an Amgen spokesperson told FOX40 on Thursday. "These are world class athletes. Something like this won't scare them."
More than 80 women will circle Lake Tahoe on Friday in the very first Amgen Women UCI sanctioned race.
Cyclist Kirsi Lay said hot creams, extra layers and adrenaline will keep her mind off the weather.
"It's just racing. As soon as the gun goes off, you're in the zone," she said.
Before the races start, Amgen staff and volunteers will test and volunteers will test the 72 mile route for ice and snow and alert cyclists of any rough patches.
In 2011, the men's race was canceled in South Lake Tahoe because of bad weather. Officials say that won't happen this year.
The women begin Friday at 11 a.m. and the men's races start Sunday in Sacramento.