Word that the largest professional cycling race in the U.S. will start in South Lake Tahoe is big news for the lake's tourism industry.
"Very excited, a lot of buzz. It's a good day."
Andy Chapman is with the North Lake Tahoe Resort Association. He says the nationally televised Tour de France-style road race will be the biggest event to hit the area since Squaw Valley hosted the Winter Olympics back in 1960.
Last year, the race changed its start date from February to May. Andrew Messick, president of race organizer AEG Sports, says that means they can now start in snowy places like Lake Tahoe.
"It's in a part of the state where we've never been. And we think that it's a fitting and beautiful place to be able to start the 2011 race.
The first stage of the race ends at Tahoe's Northstar ski resort. Stage two starts at Squaw Valley before heading to Sacramento.