Just a few hours before the men cycle into town for the Amgen Tour of California on February 24th, female cyclists from the Santa Clarita Velo will compete in their own cycling race.
The inaugural Santa Clarita Grand Prix is a female only criterium featuring elite women cyclists from all over the world. The course is a 1.1 mile loop with over 110 feet of climbing each lap. The start is located in the Valencia Industrial Center at the corner of Kelly Johnson Parkway and Constellation.
The Women’s ¾ race will start at 9:30 a.m. The Women’s Pro ½ will begin at 10:30 a.m. There are cash prizes, along with a Queen of the Mountain Point Prize for both races.
The Santa Clarita Velo is a local bicycle club with over 100 members. The non-profit organization promotes bicycling and bicycle safety. The Santa Clarita Velo is a member of the United States Cycling Federation and has successfully hosted cycling events for the last 13 years.
“The addition of the Santa Clarita Grand Prix adds to the excitement of the Amgen Tour of California,” said Mayor Marsha McLean. “All of the race day events will have something for everyone,” she added.
Other events to take place on Saturday, February 24th include:
Family Ride: 11:00 a.m.
The whole family can catch cycle-fever and participate in a 3-mile beginners ride, 5-mile intermediate ride or 7-mile advanced ride. All levels will begin at City Hall and finish at the actual finish for the Amgen Tour of California. The fee for the Family Ride is $12 for adults and $10 for kids 12 and under. All entrants will receive an event numbered bib, t-shirt, medal and raffle ticket. The Family Ride is sponsored locally by Healthnet.
Kids Zone: 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Sponsored by the Westfield Valencia Town Center, the Kids Zone will offer activities for younger cycling fans. A tricycle obstacle, a human bowling alley and an inflatable rock climbing wall, slide, and obstacle course will add to the fun.
Lifestyle Festival Sponsored by Healthnet: 12:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Cycling enthusiasts of all ages can immerse themselves in the excitement of a world-class sporting event. The festival will feature a health & fitness expo, cancer awareness education, cycling gear, family activities, bike safety, food, entertainment and more!
A limited number of tickets are still available for “An Evening with Greg LeMond and Special Guest Kozo Shimano” on Friday, February 23rd, 6:00 p.m. at Robinson’s Ranch. To purchase tickets please call Jenni Shadle at (661) 286-4012.
For additional information about the Santa Clarita stage of the Amgen Tour of California please visit www.santa-clarita.com/tourofca.