The 15th annual San Dimas Stage Race (SDSR) will take place March 28th, 29th, and 30th, 2014. World class professional, talented amateur, and Junior cyclists from around the world are signing up to compete in this highly regarded race which is hosted by the SC Velo Cycling Club and presented by MRI Performance. Three exciting stages of racing are scheduled as well as Kids Races on the last day. 900+ professional and amateur cyclists are expected to compete for cash prizes and medals.
Stage 1 consists of individual time trials on a 4.25 mile course that winds its way up Glendora Mountain Road. This stage, sponsored by Chaffey Auto Body, is an individual all out effort by the riders to get the best time up the steepest parts of Glendora Mountain Road. With the size of the field, it will be a long day of racing, with the first rider starting at 8:00 AM and the last one going out in the late afternoon, the exact time being dependent on the number of riders.
Stage 2 will be a Road Race around Bonelli Park sponsored by San Dimas Community Hospital. The course is a rolling and twisting approximately 7 mile circuit which includes short climbs. The riders will make from 5 to 12 loops around the course depending upon category. The first group starts at 7:50 AM and the last (Pro men) at 1:15 PM. The best spots for viewing the race will be at the Start/Finish area and anywhere along Via Verde inside Bonelli Park.
Stage 3 is a Criterium around the streets of Old Town San Dimas sponsored by Incycle bike stores and Cannondale bikes. The racers will ride quick loops around a tight, 1.2 mile circuit with 6 sharp corners, for times varying from 25 to 90 minutes depending upon their category. The first group will start at 7:30 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 tree lined course.
The Kids Races will be a fun event held on Sunday, March 30th, at 12:30 PM in downtown San Dimas. Sponsored by Chaffey Auto Body, the races are free to all children, so get your kids’ bikes out and ready to ride. Please note that helmets are mandatory. Registration for the Kids Races will be held on-site in San Dimas on Sunday morning.
All of these events offer great opportunities for participation by cyclists of all levels, as well as wonderful viewing for cycling fans. There are no fees for spectators, 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.
Above Photo – JJ Haedo wins the 2013 SDSR Criterium held in Old Town San Dimas. © Christy Nicholson / EchelonDesignPhoto.com