The 12th Annual Tour de Murrieta, a Southern California Cup Series event (SoCal Cup), and an event recognized as one of California’s most prestigious three day cycling events is just around the corner, March 10-12, 2017, 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 10, and like no other time trial in Southern CA, its European style terrain consisting primarily of paved roadway and a 1 mile portion of unpaved/hard compact dirt will be challenging to all riders. Saturday’s Stage 2 Grand Prix presented by BOSCH and Stage 3, Sunday’s Circuit Race presented by Cardenas Markets 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 12-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. New for this year is the addition of a Women’s Category V, an entry-level race category, for both Friday and Sunday’s stages.
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“Our participants should come prepared to experience a great weekend of racing, our popular downtown courses provide great race viewing, our unique handcrafted team competition crystal awards never disappoint, ZIPP/SRAM neutral race support will once again be on hand to support our racers, and champion jerseys sponsored by Pearl Izumi will be awarded to the overall winners,” said Race Director Kurt Kovacks. “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, race announcing by local legend Ralph Elliot, 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 11, 2017, 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 s2ccycling.org.