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2010 San Dimas Stage Race - Preview
 
By Vaughn Trevi
Date: 2/16/2010
2010 San Dimas Stage Race - Preview
 

San Dimas Stage 2010 - Race Preview
The 11th edition of the San Dimas Stage Race returns with over 800 competitors for three days of racing in cycling crazy sunny Southern California.

San Dimas Stage Race
Presented by Southern California Velo
March 19 - 21 2010

World class professional and talented amateur cyclists from around the world are once again gearing up to compete in the 11th annual San Dimas Stage Race. The race, hosted by local bike club SC Velo, is scheduled for March 19th, 20th, and 21st.

Three exciting stages of racing are planned as well as a Kids Race on the last day. Over 800 amateur and professional cyclists are expected to compete for cash prizes. The San Dimas Stage Race has grown and matured from its modest beginning in 2000 to become a well known and highly regarded within the cycling community. The race is a key preparation event to prepare for the the Redlands Classic and the west coast swing of the USA Cycling National Race Calendar. The race typically draws pro and elite teams for their second meeting of the year after the Merced Merco races.

2010 San Dimas Stage Race
Stage 1: Glendora Chevrolet Time Trial 3.8 miles
Stage 2: San Dimas Hospital Road Race 84 miles
Stage 3: Incycle/Cannondale Old Town Grand Prix

Stage 1: Glendora Chevrolet Time Trial ITT 3.8 miles
Stage 1 consists of individual time trials on a 3.8 mile course that winds its way up Glendora Mountain Road. Glendora Mountain Road (GMR to locals) ranks among the most popular climbs in Southern California. GMR poses a steady pitch between 4.5 - 5.5 percent.


Stage 1: Riders line up for the start of the time trial.† Photo courtesy of SCVelo

The climb confronts racers with a dizzying number of corners, as it twists and turns up the mountainside.† Historically the time trial used the full 8 miles of GMR. A road closure, however, forced the reduction to a 3.8 mile stretch. That once necessary reduction remains unchanged since the race director and teams noted that it makes for a more competitive race.

With the size of the field, it will be a long day of racing, with the first rider starting at 9:00 AM and the last one going out in the late afternoon, the exact time being dependent on the number of riders. Sponsor: Glendora Chevrolet

Stage 2: San Dimas Hospital Road Race - 7.5 Mile Circuit
Pro & Elite Men: 84 miles
Women's Elite: 56 miles

Stage 2 is the traditional Road Race around Bonelli Park. San Dimas Hospital once again returns to sponsor the stage. The course is made up of a rolling and twisting 7 mile circuit which includes a couple of short, but steep, grades.


Men's Peloton rounding† a curve in Bonelli Park road race.† Photo courtesy of SCVelo

The race course terrain makes this course a challenge with a daunting climb up Cannon road that has a13% section; once over the climb, the challenge more suits the fast men over the† flats for a few miles before the hills return.†The riders will make several loops around the course, with the overall racing distances varying from 35 to 84 miles, depending on their category. The first group will start at 7:55 AM and the last group will start at 1:15 PM. The best spots for viewing the race will be along Puddingstone Ave, which is where the Start/Finish Line will be, and inside Bonelli Park along Via Verde.

Stage 3: Incycle/Cannondale Old Town Grand Prix
Men's Pro/Elite: 90 Minutes†
Women's Pro/Elite: 55 minutes†

The race climaxes with the SCriterium around the streets of Old Town San Dimas.
The City of San Dimas has welcomed racers to their town for one of the fastest criteriums in Southern California. The Grand Prix course is adjacent to the western themed historic Old Town San Dimas. The race features a technical 1.2 mile six corner parcours perfect for the optimists to give the slip to the peloton. Once around the corner there are three long straight-aways equally suited for the chase to keep the raiders in sight; making for an action packed race.


Elite Women's Peloton head through corner one in the downtown San Dimas during the Stage 3 Criterium. Photo courtesy of SCVelo

The long slightly downhill section previous to the finish favors incredible speeds into the final corner and long finishing strait. The course is challenging for the riders and has many shady locations for the spectators to watch the action. In the past I've enjoyed walking around the course facing the riders camera in hand watching the action and shooting some photos.†

The first group starts at 8:45 AM and the last group will start at 3:00 PM. For spectators, this will be an up-close and fast race, with lots of good viewing spots around the course. Sponsored by Incycle bike stores and Cannondale bikes.

The Kids Races are always a fun event hosted on Sunday, March 21st, at 12:300 PM in downtown San Dimas. Sponsored by Shimano, the race is free to all children, so get your kidsí bikes out and ready to ride. Please note that helmets are mandatory.

All of these events offer great opportunities for participation by amateur and professional cyclists, as well as wonderful viewing for cycling fans. There is no fee for watching, just pick a spot along the race route and be prepared to see some exciting racing. For the photographically inclined, the photo-ops will be unparalleled, with lots of up-close action, so bring your cameras.

For more information about the race please go to www.scvelo.com
Online Registration is currently open and spots are still available.
Race Website:
Directions to the race.

 
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