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Race Announcements Roundup - 30 January 2009
 
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Date: 1/30/2009
Race Announcements Roundup - 30 January 2009
 

Race Announcements Roundup - 30 January 2009
Tour of Utah, 4 Day San Jose Classic - Livestrong Ghallenge Kick off, Moto Stunt Kin -Jason Britton
At US Mountain Cup in Fontana

Registration for America's Toughest Stage Race™ Now Open
2009 Larry H. Miller Tour of Utah is an invitation-only, NRC event.
Tour of Utah Executive Director Terry McGinnis announced today that he is accepting applications from Men’s Pro 1 teams for the 2009 Larry H. Miller Tour of Utah presented by Zions Bank. Eighteen, seven-man teams will be chosen to compete in the invitation-only event by the Tour of Utah review committee. Team directors may complete the race application online here.

 . This year’s race will take place August 18 through 23, 2009.

America’s top racers are being invited to compete in what is widely regarded as the toughest stage race on the National Racing Calendar (NRC), featuring more climbing than any other bicycle stage race in the United States with a prologue, five stages, and 325 miles over six days for a $45,000 prize purse.

Jeff Louder Returns to Defend Title
Returning to the 2009 Tour will be the 2008 overall winner Jeff Louder, BMC Pro Cycling. "I'm excited to return to the Tour of Utah in order to defend my win, said Louder. “It was a great race last year; and the new courses and growing reputation of the race are sure to make ‘09 an even better event. I'm sure the competition will be ready, but I think the BMC Racing Team can field a squad capable of rising to the level we reached last year."


2008 final Podium Tour of Utah: Glen Chadwick, Jeff Louder, and Blake Caldwell Photo © 2008 Ben Ross

The Tour is being called a “cornerstone” NRC event by the cycling media, coming at a crucial turning point in the schedule, one week following the Tour of New York. With six tough days racing at altitude, it will be perfect training for those pros lining up for the USPro Championship in Greenville in late August.

“As with last year’s event, we’re expecting at least 120 cyclists from North America’s best teams,” said McGinnis. “Last year’s race coverage demonstrates the fact that our race draws national attention, top-tier athletes and, as one of only 34 USA Cycling National Race Calendar events, it’s one of the most significant cycling events in America.”

The 2009 Larry H. Miller Tour of Utah presented by Zions Bank is expected to proceed as follows:

2009 Tour of Utah Stages
8/18 Prologue Individual Time Trial: Downtown Salt Lake City
8/19 Stage One: Ogden to Salt Lake City
8/20 Stage Two: Thanksgiving Point to Mount Nebo
8/21 Stage Three: Miller Motorsports Park Individual Time Trial
8/22 Stage Four: Park City to Snowbird
8/23 Stage Five: Salt Lake Downtown Criterium

009 Tour of Utah - Stages Announced
2009 USA National Calendar

About the LHM Group of Companies - The Larry H. Miller Group of Companies is a consortium of companies owning automotive, sports, entertainment and other enterprises in and around Salt Lake City, including the Utah Jazz and Miller Motorsports Park. LHM’s involvement with the Tour of Utah dates back to 2006, when the Tour delivered Utah “America’s Toughest Stage Race™.”

About Zions Bank - Zions Bancorporation is one of the nation's premier financial services companies, consisting of a collection of great banks in select high growth markets. Zions operates over 500 full-service banking offices in Arizona, California, Colorado, Idaho, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Texas, Utah and Washington.
www.tourofutah.com

San Jose Classic Set for February
For more than a century, San Jose has been key center for cycling sport. San Jose and Silicon Valley's long history of cycling includes the production of the first mechanically pedaled bicycle in North America created in the 1800s; the first bicycling club, the Garden City Wheelmen, formed in 1884 and the Hellyer Park Velodrome is currently the only velodrome in Northern California, and is one of 19 still in existence in the United States. To continue and celebrate this cycling legacy and raise awareness surrounding health, fitness and the environment, San Jose will host a series of cycling events and programs Feb. 14-21 that will involve public and private sectors, and professional and amateur riders.

The San Jose Cycling Classic will be held February 14, 2009 throughout San Jose. The multi-pronged event will encompass professional, amateur and community cycling activities, including a competitive time trial race, a criterium, a recreational ride and a CEO Challenge. It is expected to attract more than 1,000 cycling athletes, 20,000 spectators and cycling-related exhibitors.

“Cycling is an important form of alternative transportation, and San Jose’s Green Vision puts San Jose on the path to being a cycling-friendly city,” San Jose Mayor Chuck Reed said. “The San Jose Cycling Classic lets the cyclists everywhere know that San Jose and the greater SouthBay region is a one of the best places in the world to cycle whether you’re an amateur or a professional.”

King of the Mountain Time Trial
The San Jose Cycling Classic will kick off with the The King of the Mountain Time Trial and Ride sponsored by Mattson Technology, and a CEO Challenge powered by SunPower, where riders will leave San Jose City Hall and reach the base of Sierra Road for a mass start time trial race. This challenging hill was featured in several Amgen Tour of California races and exploded the peloton. The climb is 3.7 miles long with an average gradient of 10 percent; however, some pitches reach 17-18 percent. It will include police motorcycles leading a rolling closure north and east of Downtown San Jose to the base of the Sierra Road climb. The San Jose Cycling Classic will also feature a 30-mile recreational ride which will start along the same route but will not include the challenging Sierra Road climb.

All rides will start with police motorcycles leading a rolling closure north and east of Downtown San Jose to the base of the Sierra Road climb. Cyclists on the King of the Mountain and CEO Challenge ride will then cross a timing pad to activate timing chips and begin their ascent up Sierra Road—a stunning 3.7-mile, 1,830-foot climb. After summiting Sierra Road, riders may complete the Sierra/Calaveras/Piedmont loop and ride west to City Hall. Even though the ride officially ends at the Sierra Hill summit, riders are invited to return back to City Hall for a post ride celebration.

Webcor Builder's Criterium
The San Jose Cycling Classic continues that day with the debut of The Criterium built by WEBCOR. Riders will take to the streets of San Jose to compete in a multi-lap one-day race throughout the city. The .86 mile urban downtown “track” features many of the elements that will get it that “classic” designation – tight turns, high speed straights, side-by-side racing as well as cash and prizes, including $5,000 for top male professional and $5,000 for top female professional. All the action starts and finishes on Park Avenue near Plaza de Cesar Chavez.

Monday - Livestrong Challenge Kickoff Party
In addition the to these two events, there will be many others, including a special LIVESTRONG Challenge San Jose Kick-Off Party at 6 p.m. on Monday, February 16, at The Tech Museum of Innovation. The event will help build momentum for the LIVESTRONG Challenge, the Lance Armstrong Foundation’s signature fundraising event, taking place July 11-12 in San Jose. Inspired by the hope, courage and perseverance of Lance Armstrong and the nearly 12 million Americans living with cancer, LIVESTRONG Challenge participants will take to the streets on bicycles and on foot to raise funds and awareness for the fight against cancer. In addition to San Jose, the 2009 LIVESTRONG Challenge will take place in Seattle (June 21); Philadelphia (Aug. 23); and Austin (Oct. 24-25).

Tuesday - Tour of California Stage 3 Start
San Jose then welcomes the world’s best professional cyclists with the Amgen Tour of California Stage 3 Start at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, February 17, at Park and Almaden in Downtown San Jose. A host city for the Amgen Tour of California for the fourth year in a row, San Jose will, for the first time, serve as a start city to one of the most challenging legs of the race. Festivities will include a healthy lifestyle festival and “autograph alley,” a designated area where cycling fans will have the opportunity to meet their favorite riders, including Lance Armstrong who is taking part in the Amgen Tour of California as a member of the Astana Cycling Team, and who is considered to be one of the greatest cyclists of all time.

San Jose Cycling Classic schedule
* Friday, February 13, 5-9 p.m., athlete registration/packet pick-up for all events, San Jose City Hall Rotunda, 200 East Santa Clara Street
* Saturday, February 14, 7 a.m., King of the MountainTime Trial Race and Ride led by Mattson Technology, start at San Jose City Hall Rotunda, 200 East Santa Clara Street
* Saturday February 14, The Criterium built by WEBCOR athlete registration/packet pick-up, 7 a.m.-2 p.m., San Jose City Hall Rotunda, 200 East Santa Clara Street; Criterium built by WEBCOR, 8 a.m.-4 p.m., Park Avenue
* Monday, February 16, 6 p.m., LIVESTRONG Challenge San Jose Kick-Off Reception with the Lance Armstrong Foundation, The TechMuseum of Innovation, 201 South Market Street
* Tuesday, February 17, 10 a.m.-noon, Amgen Tour of California Stage 3 Start, including a riders’ autograph alley and lifestyle festival, Park & Almalden

For registration, visit www.sanjosecyclingclassic.com
For more information about sponsorship opportunities, please contact Tricia Kerkhof, 408.277.5144, ext. 33, or tricia.kerkhof@sanjoseca.gov.

Sponsors
Mattson Technology, Inc.
is the leading supplier of dry strip equipment and the second largest supplier of rapid thermal processing equipment in the global semiconductor industry. The company's strip and RTP equipment utilize innovative technology to deliver advanced processing performance and productivity gains to semiconductor manufacturers worldwide for the fabrication of current- and next-generation devices. For more information, please contact Mattson Technology, Inc., 47131 Bayside Parkway, Fremont, Calif.94538. Telephone: (800) MATTSON/(510) 657-5900. Fax: (510) 492-5911. Internet: www.mattson.com.

Webcor Builders is the largest general contractor in California, by volume, and the 10th largest concrete contractor in the nation. Over thirty-five years of serving clients such as Oracle, eBay, Lucasfilm, and the California Academy of Sciences has secured Webcor's position as a leading builder of large-scale, high-profile projects. Visit www.webcor.com for more information.

SunPower Corporation (Nasdaq: SPWRA, SPWRB) designs, manufactures and delivers high-performance solar-electric systems worldwide for residential, commercial and utility-scale power plant customers. SunPower high-efficiency solar cells and solar panels generate up to 50 percent more power than conventional solar technologies and have a uniquely attractive, all-black appearance. With headquarters in San Jose, Calif., SunPower has offices in North America, Europe, Australia, and Asia. For more information, visit http://www.SunPowercorp.com.

The San Jose Cycling Classic is being produced by the City of San Jose's Office of Economic Development (OED), part of the San Jose Office of the City Manager, is committed to a vital, competitive San Jose economy that increases prosperity for people and companies and enhances City revenues. The Office—which includes the San Jose Office of Cultural Affairs—guides the City's economic strategy, provides assistance for business success, helps connect employers with trained workers, and provides art and cultural resources to our community. For more information, please visit, www.sjeconomy.com.

San Jose’s Green Vision - On October 7, 2007, Mayor Chuck Reed introduced San Jose’s Green Vision, which sets 10 ambitious goals for environmental protection and economic development. This 15-year plan envisions: creating 25,000 Clean Tech jobs; building or retrofitting 50 million square feet of green buildings; installing 100,000 solar roofs (1/10 of Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger’s 1 million solar roofs for California initiative); reducing per capita electricity use by half; becoming a zero waste city; recycling and reusing 100 percent of the city’s water; and moving to 100 percent renewable energy. San Jose, the nation’s tenth largest city, already is a leader in clean energy and solar innovation, with leading corporations such as SunPower, SoloPower, Stion, Nanosolar, Fat Spaniel, SunWize, Sopogy, and others headquartered in the city. Electric vehicle manufacturer Tesla Motors recently announced that it would locate its headquarters and new manufacturing plant in San Jose. For more information, visit www.sanjoseca.gov/greenvision/.

City of San Jose: From its founding in 1777 as California's first city, San Jose has been a leader, driven by its spirit of innovation. Today, San Jose stands as the largest city in Northern California and the Capital of Silicon Valley—the world's leading center of innovation. The city, the 10th largest in the U.S., is committed to remaining a top-ranked place to do business, to work and to live. According to the City of San Jose’s Department of Transportation, San Jose has more than 38,000 bike commuters traveling on more than 150-miles of on-street bikeways, which helped earn the city a National Bicycle Friendly Community Award from the League of American Bicyclists. In addition, the city has one out of only 19 velodromes in the United States. Funds raised from the San Jose Cycling Classic will be earmarked to enhancing, building and maintaining the South Bay’s public cycling infrastructure and promoting cycling safety and Fit for Learning, a program provided by the Santa Clara County Office of Education (SCCOE) in cooperation with Healthy Silicon Valley that addresses the crisis of childhood obesity and is a multi-faceted initiative that will increase physical activity and encourage healthy nutrition among elementary school students in Santa Clara County. For more information, visit, www.sanjoseca.gov.

 

Sho-Air International
tunt Biker Jason Britton Widens Mainstream Audience for US Cup
Celebrity Friend of Sho-Air International Will Shoot TV Segment at Fontana and Guest Announce

Speed channel TV Star and motorcycle stunt king Jason Britton will perform a stunt show, guest announce, and shoot a segment of his popular TV show SuperBikes at the Fontana leg of the US Cup on March 28 and 29th. Jason joins motorcycles converts Johnny O'Mara and Ben Bostrom as part of Sho-Air International's efforts to reach to the mainstream while promoting the sport of Mountain Biking in the US.

Reaching Beyond Core Mountain Bikers
"I've known Scott Tedro, President of Sho-Air for over a decade," states Britton. "He and I used to ride motorcycles together, and he helped me make my first stunt video. I raced BMX as a kid, have ridden road bikes for fitness for years, and more recently have turned towards mountain bikes to keep in shape. I'm stoked to help grow the sport in any way I can, and look forward to creating a scene at Fontana."

"It's awesome that Jason wants to bring outside exposure to our sport," adds Tedro. "His stunt shows are unbelievable and will bring people who don't normally watch mountain bike racing into our venue. When Jason gets on the mic to pump the bicycle racers, that will bring mainstream credibility to our sport. Maybe we'll get him out for a lap or two on the XC course!"

2009 USA Cycling Pro Cross Country Mountain Bike Tour p/by Sho-Air International:
March 29: U.S. Cup – Fontana, Calif.
April 19: Sea Otter Classic – Monterey, Calif.
May 31: Bump N’ Grind – Birmingham, Ala.

2009 U.S. Cup
- Kenda Cup West
March 11, Bonelli Park XC Race. San Dimas, CA
March 28-29, Fontana National. Fontana, CA
April 5, Sage Brush Safari. San Diego, CA

More info: 2009 USA Pro Mtn. Bike Cross Country Series

Watch Jason on "Superbikes": on Speed TV
Jason stars on his own show on Speed TV, where he travels the world doing motorcycle stunt shows and meeting movers and shakers in the motorcycle industry. Be sure to visit Jason's "No Limits" website to see more of what makes this phenomenal athlete and bike handler tick. http://www.jasonbritton.com/

About Sho-Air International and Team Sho-Air - Founded in 1985, Sho-Air International is a leading provider of Air-Freight Forwarding specializing in International and Domestic Trade Shows material handling. As one of the world's largest and most diversified global exhibition forwarders, Sho-Air is uniquely capable of developing a complete and customized package of services to meet any company's logistal needs.

President and CEO Scott Tedro found his health seriously deteriorating as the events of 9/11 devastated the transportation and trade show industries. While stressing and struggling to keep the company afloat, Scott was diagnosed with Lupus. Through Mountain Biking, he reversed his diagnosis and brought his health and that of the company to new levels of success. Team Sho-Air was created as an outlet to support and encourage individuals to experience the positive aspects of cycling that Scott feels saved his life.  http://www.shoair.com

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