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Some Work, All Play in \”The Schoolyard\” at the Sea Otter Classic

February 28, 2006 – Monterey, CA – Starting Thursday, April 6, “The Schoolyard,” presented by the Napa Sheriff’s Activities League at this year’s Sea Otter Classic, the world’s largest cycling festival, will help all ages of cyclists patch punctures, demystify derailleurs, and generally tweak, tighten and teach bicycle owners how to repair and care for their bikes. Hosted by Team NSO/DEVO, “The Schoolyard” will feature repair stations, a tool-loan kiosk and a chance to attend repair/maintenance clinics taught by professional mechanics.

“Team NSO/DEVO is honored to be part of the Sea Otter Team,” said Captain John Robertson of the Napa Sheriff’s Department.”We appreciate the chance to work with the kids and possibly one of tomorrow’s cycling stars. It is also important for Team NSO/DEVO to give back to the community and industry that have given us so much.”

Also, in response to the awesome success of its Kids’ Bike Rodeo, the NSAL will bring back the Rodeo for its seventh edition. This time the Rodeo will take place on both Saturday and Sunday, instead of just one day, like in years past. Located on an enclosed venue and out of harm’s way, young hucksters can get comfortable jumping, balancing, hopping and navigating course obstacles by sharpening existing skills and gaining new ones along the way. Once again members of Team NSO/DEVO will be on hand to help guide and grow the next generation of cycling enthusiasts.

“Team DEVO let merace bikes and have a good time with itas a junior and aspiring elite,” said Adam Craig, former DEVO racer who currently races as a pro for Team Giant. “John Kemp created a perfectly balanced, nurturing, no-pressureenvironment that emphasizes having fun racing while still learning valuable lessons and gaining priceless experience.”

The NSAL’s dedication to fostering legions of positive, goal-oriented youth through activities like the Kids’ Bike Rodeo and The Schoolyard will likely impact the culture of cycling for years to come. Better bikers yield a more conscientious citizenry, whether they’re on their bikes or off and that leads to improved cultural, social, and physical fitness.

P.S. No bullies allowed in “The Schoolyard.”

About Napa Sheriff’s Activities League
The Napa Sheriff’s Activities League is a non-profit athletic program that is dedicated to providing athletic, character building, and recreational opportunities to youth, ages 8-18. This youth oriented athletic program supports a state-of-the-art conditioning center, personal training and nutritional guidance. The NSAL program gives law enforcement officers a chance to work side by side with youth in a positive, goal-oriented environment. NSAL activities include: boxing, wrestling, judo, soccer, cycling, cardiovascular and strength training. There is no cost to the participant. There are currently over 600 youth taking advantage of this positive athletic program.

About Sea Otter Classic LLC
The 16th Annual Sea Otter Classic will be held April 6 – 9, 2006 at the Laguna Seca Recreation Area, Monterey, California, USA. The four-day ‘Celebration of Cycling’ is considered the world’s largest cycling festival, hosting nearly 10,000 professional and amateur athletes and 50,000 fans. The Cypress Youth Fund is the Sea Otter Classic’s philanthropic arm. The Fund provides funding to organizations that benefit their communities in the areas of youth, sport, education, and environment. More information can be found at www.seaotterclassic.com or by calling 800-218-8411.

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