USA Race & Events Announcements
Moab Skinny Tire Festival LAF Fundraiser, McLane Pacific, Willamette Valley
Classic Stage Race Returns, and Redlands Bicycle Classic schedules. OBRA Oregon
Banana Belt Series Opener
Moab Skinny Tire Festival March 3 through 6th
Meet Bob Roll, Chris Carmichael, Lance Armstrong Foundation Executive Staff
If you’re thinking that Moab, Utah is probably immune to the Lance Effect,
which has inspired a minor road bike craze, that the rugged town would react to
road cycling’s smooth civility like a trucker faced with a demitasse of
espresso, then you’ve never attended the Moab Skinny Tire Festival, which will
run March 3 to March 6.
It’s easy to overlook Moab’s road history. After all, it’s no
coincidence that the town’s most recent boom, tourism, has paralleled mountain
biking’s similar trend.
So much emphasis is placed on Moab as Mecca for mountain bikers that few
remember the town’s first bike shop, Rim Cyclery, was founded by a roadie (that
would be Bill Groff, whose current road bike says “Harley Davidson” on the
Un-crowded roads and the spectacular scenery of Utah what could be better.
Fewer still know that the first American to ride in the Tour de France,
well-known to French fans as “Jacques Boy-ay” was raised Moab, as Jonathan
Boyer. It’s also not common knowledge that Lance even raced here as a
junior—that he went out hard, blew up early, and did not finish might contribute
to the fact’s obscurity.
What all these people have known is the same secret mountain bikers
discovered decades ago; this is a remarkable, uplifting landscape to flow
through on a bicycle, no matter its tire width. Consider that nearly ten times
the number of people to ride the Slickrock Trail will visit Arches National Park
Most people are here just to view the scenery, but many cheat themselves by
blocking the view with windshields and door pillars. Not only do road cyclists
get to enjoy an unobstructed view, they can revel in the musk warming sage, or
float through the aroma therapy of the cliff rose’s perfume. The pure desert air
is as invigorating as the scenery, and a bicycle allows you to engage all your
senses. Of course, all this is no secret to anyone who’s ridden here.
A duo ride through Arches National Monument
at the Skinny Tire Festival
That would include the inimitable Bob Roll, whose off-beat character was
infamous in cycling circles long before he brought his insight and perspective
to the color commentator’s seat on Outdoor Life Network for the Tour de France.
Roll has raced and ridden for decades in Moab, both on and off-road. This year
he’ll join the Moab Skinny Tire Festival , bringing to the event, well, himself.
He’ll be joined by the equally luminary cycling personality, trainer Chris
Carmichael. While Roll will draw you into the inner sanctum, making you really
feel a part of cycling, Carmichael might actually make you faster.
four-day festival is built around daily bicycle tours leaving from Moab, with
associated events in the evening and throughout each day. The supported group
rides, complete with snacks, mechanics, and sag vehicles, meander through
landscape so dramatic it’s featured in everything from Sierra Club calendars to
Riders will also be able to see the latest in road gear from a number of
vendors. Trek Bicycles, who provide Armstrong with his carbon-fiber race bikes,
will be bringing a truckload of demo bikes, and high-end manufacturers Moots and
Serrotta will also be on hand.
Registration for the festival is flexible; riders can sign up for Friday,
Saturday, or Sunday (Monday’s Arches National Park ride is already filled).
There is a registration fee and a base-level donation to the Lance Armstrong
The Moab Skinny Tire Festival is almost entirely volunteer; all of the donations
go directly to the LAF. You can register online, or download a registration
form, at www.skinnytirefestival.com,
or you can call (435)259-2698 for more information. All photos courtesy of
Skinny Tire Festival.
McLane Pacific Cycling Classic March 4-5
Breakaway Zone and Bike Safety Rodeo return to Educate and Entertain
Children at the McLane Pacific Cycling Classic, March 4-5th. Amidst the
sensational speed of the professional competition of the 13th Annual McLane
Pacific Cycling Classic, they "break" for kids.
Saturday, March 4th is Family Fun Day at McLane Pacific. This year's festivities
will be the biggest yet in the history of the race weekend, featuring the
Educational Employees Credit Union Breakaway Zone, Kiwanis Youth Bike Safety
Rodeo, and Merced Sun-Star Pee Wee Classic Parade.
There will also be an opportunity to Meet and Greet
the Pro Cyclist at the Merced Mall on Friday, March 3, 2006 from 4:30
to 6:30 pm. Registration for both the Bike Rodeo and the Pee Wee Parade will be
available at that time as well.
The EECU Breakaway Zone is a free non-stop fun stop for children to enjoy
while attending McLane Pacific. There will be a giant slide, and obstacle
course, and multiple bounce houses set up in Courthouse Park between 11am-4pm.
The Kiwanis Club of Merced, in partnership with the Merced Mall, is bringing the
Bicycle Safety Rodeo back by popular demand. An obstacle course will teach the
children maneuvering skills and safety laws, and a Safety City with buildings,
signs, cars and other structures add to the hands-on learning experience.
Stefani Hager and the Kiwanis Club of Merced are once again organizing the
popular Youth Bike Safety Rodeo. Hager, a former trauma nurse, has seen
first-hand the dangerous consequences of unsafe riding.
Ironically, the safety advocate had boxes of helmets to give away at the bike
rodeo in her garage the day her teenage son got ticketed and fined for not
wearing his helmet while riding. Police are cracking down on bike safety, and
she thinks with good reason.
Parents are required to register children, and are encouraged to accompany them
so they can advocate and reinforce safe use of bikes, trikes, scooters, and
The Kiwanis Bike Rodeo is for children ages three to fourteen. All participants
must have a permission slip signed by a parent or legal guardian in order to
participate. Permission slips are available at the customer service desk at The
Merced Mall (until March 3rd.), and registration table in front of the
Courthouse Museum on the day of theevent. The Rodeo will be located in front of
the Courthouse Museum near 21st and "N" St.; registration table will be open at
10:30 am and the event will take place from 11am to 2pm.
Registered riders will receive goody bags, refreshments courtesy of Hometown
Buffet, and will automatically be entered into a raffle drawing for a new
bicycle and a pair of flex tickets to the Merced Playhouse, among other prizes.
"McGruff," the law enforcement dog, will be on hand, and the "Skywalkers" will
be on stilts to entertain all cycling fans, big and small.
For more information you may contact Stefani Hager at 723-7700.
The Merced Sun-Star Pee Wee Classic Parade lines up at 2:30 pm at the Courthouse
Park for kids ages 3-10. Each child will feel like a pro for the day-- just
bring helmets and your best wheels! All registered participants
will receive a free t-shirt, a jersey number to wear, McLane Pacific goodie bag,
and a raffle ticket for a Limited Edition Colavita Pro Cycling Team Kids Bike.
Registration begins at noon on the steps of the Courthouse the
day of the event.
Families with more advanced cyclists need to check out the Summerton Homes
Foothill Century Ride. Three different course lengths and conditions are
provided for this recreational ride a 100 Mile, a 60 Mile, and a 9 Mile route
that is a family favorite. Summerton Homes as well as sponsors MercoCredit
Union, US Army Recruiting of Merced, Riverside Motorsports, and Rotary will
enable numerous rest stops and bounty of refreshments along the beautiful
trails, in addition to roadside assistance. Both beginners and breakneck
speeders can savor the completion of a good ride and a delicious meal, grilled
on site by the Firehouse Brew Pub, in the heart of the
downtown racing events.
Family Fun Day rallies for the kids, while adults witness awe-inspiring
professional racing power from some of the finest athletes in the world. The
Downtown Grand Prix will be a rare opportunity to be up-close with local and
internationally acclaimed cyclists. Races will be going on all morning long and
spectator admission is free.
Break away from your routine Saturday and enjoy free family fun, food, live
music, and world-class cycling right here in Merced.
For more information, please visit
Oregon Bicycle Racing Association Road Race Season
Revs up with Banana Belt Series Starts Sunday March 5
The Oregon Bicycle Racing Association’s (OBRA) 2006 road racing begins in
earnest this Sunday, March 5, at Henry Hagg Lake in Forest Grove, with round one
of the three-race Banana Belt Road Racing Series, announced Race Director Jeff
The Banana Belt series a two-decade tradition
is expected to draw more than 400 of the fastest Northwest
cyclists to the hilly roads of Scoggins Valley Park and Henry Hagg Lake for
three consecutive Sundays March 5, 12, and 19. The Henry Hagg Lake course is a
challenging, rolling 11-mile loop that throws 750 feet of net elevation gain at
the riders each lap.
“Last year’s series was a huge success,” explained Mitchem, “We had 410
entries for the first race, and this year looks even better. Pre-entries are
coming in fast, and some classes may even fill up. This speaks to the growing
popularity of bike racing in Oregon and the efforts of the Oregon Bicycle Racing
Eight classes of competition will be featured, including Men’s Category
Pro/1/2, Men’s Category 3, Men’s Category 4/5, Men’s Masters 40-plus, Men’s
Masters 50-plus, Women’s Category 1/2/3, Women’s Category 4, and Juniors. And
riders will be racing for more than simple recognition and ribbons: $4,400 in
gift certificates will be awarded to the top finishers, as well as $500 in cash
to the top Pro riders.
Racing starts at 9 a.m., with the Pro/1/2 men, followed by Cat 3, and women’s
classes. At noon, the Masters men, Cat 4 men and junior begin. Races range from
33 to 77 miles ( 3 laps to 7) depending on the class.
Registration opens at 8 a.m. and is open until 15 minutes prior to a race start
time. Entry fees are $5 for juniors and $22 for all other classes, the day of
the event. A series pass can be purchased, in advance, prior to March 1 for $55.
Send entry fee check to Jeff Mitchem, 4814 S.E. Harrison St. Portland, OR 97215.
An OBRA licenses will be required, with single-race and yearly OBRA licenses
The 2006 Banana Belt series wouldn’t be possible without the support of the
sponsors, including Lakeside Bicycles in Lake Oswego, Bianchi bicycles, the
McMenamin's Grand Lodge in Forest Grove (503-992-3444, ask for the Banana Belt
room block), Olson’s Bicycles in Forest Grove, and Uncle Paul’s Produce Market.
For complete information on the 2006 Banana Belt
Road Racing Series, visit:
www.obra.org/flyers/2006/banana_belt.html. Learn more about road racing and
all types of bicycle racing in Oregon at
www.obra.org, site of the Oregon Bicycle Racing Association.
Media Contact: Gary Medley, 704 NE 43rd Portland, Oregon 97213 USA
The Willamette Valley Classic Stage Race Returns
Sweet Sports is proud to bring Stage Racing back to the Willamette Valley of
Oregon, USA. The Willamette Valley Classic Stage Race, a 3 day/ 4 event bicycle
race will take place on April 21st-23rd of 2006. Located in the vicinity of
Eugene, Oregon, the event will feature traditional and new courses throughout
the Willamette Valley and surrounding mountains. Often compared to racing in
Europe, the Willamette Valley offers a multitude of courses with single lane
paved forest roads winding for miles through lush green forest.
The event will consist of 4 races throughout the 3 days including 2 circuit
races (1 long & 1 short course), an 17 miles time trial, and the Queen stage
covering no less than 5 epic climbs. Designed to keep the action close until the
end of the last stage, sprinters, time trial specialists and climbers alike will
have to be at their sharpest to not loose time. In an effort to support a wide
range of categories from Junior to Master racers we have separated women’s
categories into Pro/1/2, 3 & 4 fields, men’s Cat 4/5 fields, Masters 1/2/3 40+ &
3/4/5 40+ and included Junior 15-18 race, as well as Pro ½ & Cat 3 Men. Courses
and distances will be tailored to each class so beginning women, juniors, and
Cat 5 men don’t have to race the same longer distances as the pro 1/2 men.
Space is limited and fields are filling fast, pre-registration deadline is
March 15th. Visit our website for up to date information at
along with registration, course information, lodging information, and much more.
We look forward to seeing you in April of 2006 and providing you with the race
of a lifetime.
Redlands Bicycle Classic
Dates and Schedule announced for 2006
The Redlands Bicycle Classic announces dates for the 22nd annual event. March 24
through 26 will see racing by professional cyclists from around the world.
Following is an abbreviated schedule of events:
Friday, March 24
Stage 1, The 1st Centennial Bank Time Trial
– Racing on an exciting new course in Redlands starting on
Highland Avenue at Redlands Boulevard in Redlands. One rider leaves every 30
seconds in a race against the clock. The course is 3.2 miles from Highland
Avenue to the top of Sunset Drive through the steep rolling hills of South
Redlands. Best spectator viewing is on the Start Line on Highland Avenue, along
with the steep climbs of Wabash Street and Sunset Drive.
Saturday, March 25
Stage 2, The Beaver Medical Group Criterium
– a 1.0-mile course in downtown Redlands with the Start/Finish
Line on Citrus Avenue between Fifth and Sixth Streets. Women compete in a
60-minute timed run while men ride for 90 minutes. The course is almost flat
with nine turns at all different angles including two corners in one
intersection. Best Spectator Viewing is on the Start/Finish Line, the corner of
Citrus and Olive avenues, and the corner of Cajon and Vine streets.
IEHP Public Races featuring Shimano Youth Series & Events
Start/Finish Line on Citrus Avenue in downtown Redlands. Local riders from
toddlers to seniors participate in sprints and criteriums.
- Open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday,
located atop the parking structure at Citrus Avenue/Sixth Street and the Wells
Fargo Bank parking lot. Experience fantastic cuisine brought to the event by
local churches, service clubs and nonprofit organizations. Visit with Redlands
Bicycle Classic sponsors and enjoy a bird’s-eye view of the racing and the
Start/Finish Line. Participate in climbing walls, product demonstrations and
test ride bikes and scooters.
Kiwanis Club of Redlands Pancake Breakfast
- Returns once again on Saturday and Sunday morning from 7 to 11:30 a.m.
in the Expo area on the upper deck of the parking structure at Citrus
Avenue/Sixth Street. Only $5 per person to partake in this tradition. Pay at the
breakfast, or for advance tickets call (909) 793-7236
Redlands Bicycle Classic Rotary Ride
- This public recreational ride (formerly known as
the “Tour of the Canyons”) offers a variety of fun, scenic and challenging tours
for every level of rider. Choose from Simple to Scenic to Savage rides. Held
rain or shine, each participant will receive a free T-Shirt and gift bag. All
proceeds to benefit local charities supported by the Rotary Club of Redlands.
Finish Line Party at the Boiler Room
Outdoor Finish Line Festival hosted
at the Boiler Room, 345 N. Fifth St., Redlands, 5 p.m. to midnight Saturday.
Entertainment provided by a lineup of top bands along with Wine Tasting,
Microbrew Beer Garden, Martini Tasting and Tropical Drinks.
Sunday, March 26
Stage 3, The Sun Sunset Road Race –
Riders start and finish at Citrus for the last race of this event. After a fast
start downtown in Redlands, the course twists and climbs on a 6.2-mile loop that
climbs 500 feet each lap on the south side of Redlands overlooking the city. The
race then descends back downtown for five criterium laps to decide the champion.
Women ride eight laps for a total of 62 miles, and Men race 11 laps for a total
of 88 miles. Best spectator viewing is on the Start/Finish Line on Citrus for
both ends of the race and at Simonds Parkway for the Sunset Loop as well as
along the entire loop.
Criteriums for USCF Categories -
Start/Finish Line on Citrus Avenue in downtown Redlands. An opportunity for
non-pro, licensed riders to compete on the same closed-course as the Pros.
About the Redlands Bicycle Classic: The Redlands Bicycle Classic is an
all-volunteer organization, including the Directors. The 22nd Annual Redlands
Bicycle Classic is scheduled for March 24-26. The event was founded in 1985 by a
community group chaired by then-Mayor Carole Beswick to promote awareness of
downtown Redlands. Since that time, professional cyclists from around the world
have been racing in this event centered around the city of Redlands, California.
The Redlands Bicycle Classic is on the United States Cycling Federation (USCF)
National Racing Calendar (NRC).
For event registration or for more information, please visit our website at
To participate in the Expo, please contact Alison Moore,
For sponsorship opportunities or information, please contact Maryann Stanson,
Key Personnel Changes for 2006 Redlands Bicycle Classic
The Redlands Bicycle Classic announces changes in key personnel for 2006. Bob
Peppler, the 2005 Corporate President and Race Director, stepped down after
accepting a position with the Department of Homeland Security in Washington,
Brian King, former Assistant Race Director and a ten-year member of the
organizing committee, will replace Peppler as Race Director.
Dick Nance, a five-year member of the organizing committee, will now serve as
Corporate President and Assistant Race Director.
Ed McCormick has returned to the Classic committee. He was a 12-year member from
1987 to 1998 and was Corporate President for several years. He will take over as
Director of Event Operations, responsible for overseeing non-technical events
including the Expo Experience.
The remainder of the key positions have stayed intact, however there are
approximately twenty new members on the event’s organizing committee, many of
which are also members of the Redlands Water Bottle Transit Co. bicycle club.
About the Redlands Bicycle Classic: The
Redlands Bicycle Classic is an all-volunteer organization, including the
Directors. The 22nd Annual Redlands Bicycle Classic is scheduled for March
24-26. The event was founded in 1985 by a community group chaired by then-Mayor
Carole Beswick to promote awareness of downtown Redlands. Since that time,
professional cyclists from around the world have been racing in this event
centered around the city of Redlands, California. The Redlands Bicycle Classic
is on the United States Cycling Federation (USCF) National Racing Calendar
About the Redlands Water Bottle Transit Company: The Redlands Water Bottle
Transit Company is a recreational bicycling club devoted to the promotion of
cycling in Redlands California. Located in the heart of the Inland Empire,
Redlands offers superb cycling with mountain passes over 8,000' to the North,
desert scenery to the East and rolling hills to the South and West. For more
16th Annual Sea Otter Classic
Some work, all play in "The Schoolyard" at the Sea Otter Classic
Napa Sheriff's Activities League to bring back Kids' Bike Rodeo and debut "The
Schoolyard" for Sea Otter's Sweet 16 Celebration of Cycling
Starting Thursday, April 6, "The Schoolyard," presented by the Napa Sheriff's
Activities League at this year's Sea Otter Classic, the world's largest cycling
festival, will help all ages of cyclists patch punctures, demystify derailleurs,
and generally tweak, tighten and teach bicycle owners how to repair and care for
their bikes. Hosted by Team NSO/DEVO, "The Schoolyard" will feature repair
stations, a tool-loan kiosk and a chance to attend repair/maintenance clinics
taught by professional mechanics.
"Team NSO/DEVO is honored to be part of the Sea Otter Team," said Captain
John Robertson of the Napa Sheriff's Department. "We appreciate the chance to
work with the kids and possibly one of tomorrow's cycling stars. It is also
important for Team NSO/DEVO to give back to the community and industry that have
given us so much."
Also, in response to the awesome success of its Kids' Bike Rodeo, the NSAL
will bring back the Rodeo for its seventh edition. This time the Rodeo will take
place on both Saturday and Sunday, instead of just one day, like in years past.
Located on an enclosed venue and out of harm's way, young hucksters can get
comfortable jumping, balancing, hopping and navigating course obstacles by
sharpening existing skills and gaining new ones along the way. Once again
members of Team NSO/DEVO will be on hand to help guide and grow the next
generation of cycling enthusiasts.
"Team DEVO let me race bikes and have a good time with it as a junior and
aspiring elite," said Adam Craig, former DEVO racer who currently races as a pro
for Team Giant. "John Kemp created a perfectly balanced, nurturing, no-pressureenvironment
that emphasizes having fun racing while still learning valuable lessons and
gaining priceless experience."
The NSAL's dedication to fostering legions of positive, goal-oriented youth
through activities like the Kids' Bike Rodeo and The Schoolyard will likely
impact the culture of cycling for years to come. Better bikers yield a more
conscientious citizenry, whether they're on their bikes or off and that leads to
improved cultural, social, and physical fitness.
P.S. No bullies allowed in "The Schoolyard."
About Napa Sheriff's Activities League:
The Napa Sheriff's Activities League is a non-profit athletic program that is
dedicated to providing athletic, character building, and recreational
opportunities to youth, ages 8-18. This youth oriented athletic program supports
a state-of-the-art conditioning center, personal training and nutritional
guidance. The NSAL program gives law enforcement officers a chance to work side
by side with youth in a positive, goal-oriented environment. NSAL activities
include: boxing, wrestling, judo, soccer, cycling, cardiovascular and strength
training. There is no cost to the participant. There are currently over 600
youth taking advantage of this positive athletic program.
About Sea Otter Classic LLC: The 16th Annual Sea Otter Classic will be
held April 6 - 9, 2006 at the Laguna Seca Recreation Area, Monterey, California,
USA. The four-day 'Celebration of Cycling' is considered the world's largest
cycling festival, hosting nearly 10,000 professional and amateur athletes and
50,000 fans. The Cypress Youth Fund is the Sea Otter Classic's philanthropic
arm. The Fund provides funding to organizations that benefit their communities
in the areas of youth, sport, education, and environment. More information
can be found at www.seaotterclassic.com or by calling 800-218-8411.