Cyclists from all over Southern California headed to San Diego on Saturday, April 28th to participate in the annual Barrio Logan Grand Prix, hosted by the San Diego Bicycle Club. The event has become one of Southern California’s largest cycling events open to men and women of all ages, from professional and Olympic Level Cyclists to first-time racers.
“For 22 years this event has helped us give back to the Logan Heights Family Health Center,” said Kevin Festini, Barrio Logan Grand Prix race director. “We are extremely thankful for this opportunity, our volunteers, the amazing racers and everyone who came out for the day.”
This year, over 200 cyclists competed at the event. The San Diego Bicycle Club had 8 of riders placing in the top three in their divisions:
First place: Ximena Gonzalez Martinez – Women Junior 9-10
First place: Natalie Wang – Women Junior 11-12
Second place: Aaron Wang – Men Junior 9-10
Second place: Joshua Bonnici – Men Senior Open Cat 5
Third place: Edely Alarcon – Women Junior 17-18
Third place: Grayson Aparri – Men Junior 9-10
Third place: Sawyer Dann – Men Junior 11-12
Third place: Maddy Ward – Women Senior Open Cat 1/2/3
The .8-mile race course took place in the historic downtown Barrio Logan, beginning and ending at Newton Avenue. New this year was Barrio Logan’s first community walk along the race course.
The Grand Prix also hosted a Kids Zone, where youth participants received a free helmet, as well as an opportunity to participate in a bicycle safety rodeo. Additionally, the Logan Heights Health Center gave families and children free screenings for cholesterol, blood pressure diabetes, vision, dental and free immunizations.
Event sponsors included Mission Federal Credit Union, Unified Port of San Diego, General Dynamics NASSCO, Family Health Centers of San Diego and Thorn Brewing.