The 10th Annual Tour de Murrieta, recognized as one of Southern California’s most prestigious three day cycling events is just around the corner, March 13-15, 2015, and will feature the most competitive race teams in California!
Back by popular demand is Stage 1, the DCH Auto Group Temecula time trial which will be held on Friday, March 13, and like no other time trial in Southern CA, its European style terrain consisting primarily of paved roadway and a 1.2 mile portion of unpaved/hard compact dirt will be challenging to all riders. Saturday’s Stage 2 Grand Prix presented by Cardenas Markets and Stage 3, Sunday’s Circuit Race presented by Novatec race wheels courses remain unchanged, with Saturday offering a lightning fast-1-mile course in Historic Downtown Murrieta, and Sunday’s circuit a rolling 3.5 mile course.
In the race’s 10-year anniversary, the courses remain downtown, with Saturday’s event hosting a festival atmosphere including an exposition area, free energy drinks, music, and the ever so popular kids’ race. The theme for this year’s race is “A Salute to our Heroes!” and the Tour de Murrieta race committee is proud to welcome back Women’s Pro Cycling Team TWENTY 16, appropriately named as they pursue their quest to the 2016 Summer Olympics in Brazil!
“Our athletes should once again expect what our event has become popular for including the great downtown racing atmosphere, unique prizes and awards, ZIPP/SRAM neutral race support, and the one of a kind team competition in remembrance of our fallen but never forgotten teammate Jorge Alvarado,” said Race Technical Director Ernie Sanchez. “Thanks to the continued support of the city of Murrieta government, community and local sponsors, our race has become a staple for racers from across the country and this year is proving no different,” he said. With the race’s continued growth, the race will count with the services of professional timing/result services which includes software that will provide competitors with immediate and live results, neutral support from Zipp/SRAM, and an atmosphere that compares to no other!
An event to not overlook is the ever so popular Pacific Western Bank – Kid’s Race held on Saturday, March 14, 2015, at 12:05 p.m. This event steals the show; it’s free however kids are asked to bring a canned food item to benefit a local food pantry. So bring the family, invite your hero or come cheer for your heroes and get ready to enjoy a great weekend in the Inland Empire’s picturesque wine country. For more information about specific times and locations log onto SoCalCycling.com or visit stage2cyclery.com.
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