Santa Clarita’s inaugural “Pedal Pusher” Champions will be crowned on Saturday, February 10th as KHTS and Westfield Valencia Town Center, along with the City of Santa Clarita, host the First Annual “Cycle Showdown”.
Cycle Showdown is a stationary bike race with local VIP’s, including high school athletes, council members, and law enforcement, competing to test their distance in 30 seconds. The showdown begins at 12:00 noon at the main entrance of the Westfield Valencia TownCenter.
Toyota-United Cycling Stars Ivan Dominguez and Ivan Stevic will serve as coaches for the race participants. “The Ivans” are two of the team’s most colorful characters and will be competing in the Amgen Tour of California, which makes its way to Santa Clarita on February 24th.
“We are thrilled to have Team Toyota cyclists come out and join us for this event,” said Mayor Marsha McLean. “The Cycle Showdown is just one more way the City is gearing up to host the Stage Six Finish of the Amgen Tour of California.”
An on-air personality from local hometown station KHTS will emcee the event and simultaneously broadcast the excitement on the air. Pedal Pusher Champions will be featured on the City’s Amgen Tour of California website.
“This is really going to be a fun exhibition and a great way for the community to be apart of cycle mania,” said Carl Goldman, owner of KHTS. The radio station is a sponsor of the Santa Clarita Stage of the Amgen Tour of California.
Cyclist Ivan Dominguez is Toyota-United’s number one sprinter. Dominguez began cycling at age 13 and has been racing competitively for the past 15 years. Born and raised in Havana, Cuba, Dominguez is a two-time Pan-Am Games Gold Medalist and former Cuban National Champion. He is still the country’s current 4 km record-holder, a title he has owned since 1997.
In 2001, Dominguez was offered a spot on the Saturn Professional Cycling Team. Seizing the opportunity with a top U.S. squad, he racked up 20 major wins in his first two seasons, including a victory over Lance Armstrong in the 2002 New York City Championships. He joined Toyota-United in 2006.
U.S. fans are getting to know the dynamic Ivan Stevic after his spectacular debut on the U.S. domestic circuit in 2005 and his multiple podium appearances in 2006. Stevic is the current Serbian National Champion, gathering many impressive wins in his home country before moving to Italy where he raced for five years. After collecting over 20 victories there, he moved to the U.S. in 2004.
For additional information about the Santa Clarita stage of the Amgen Tour of California please visit www.santa-clarita.com/tourofca.
Disclaimer: KHTS will enforce a “No Bicycle Shorts” policy for City officials.