February 10, 2005 “” The Morgan Hill Grand Prix, Northern California’s newest and most eagerly-awaited professional and amateur road race, will take place on April 10, 2005, from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Between 300-500 pro and amateur athletes, and approximately 2,000 spectators are expected to attend.
“It’s really great to be involved in the creation of a local race,” says Mike Sinyard, Founder and President of Specialized Bicycles, located in Morgan Hill, CA. “We’re committed to creating a sustainable event that’s built out of the passion of the riders. But there’s more to it than that. Morgan Hill is a great city, we’ve had our headquarters and R&D facility here for more than twenty years, and hosting a cycling race here provides a way for people from outside to discover what Morgan Hill has to offer. And of course this is going to be a real fun day, for cyclists, for families, and for the community as a whole. Ultimately we want to put our hometown, Morgan Hill, on the map as a destination for cycling worldwide – and believe me, there’s some awesome riding in this area.”
In its inaugural year, the Specialized Morgan Hill Grand Prix is expected to attract several nationally ranked cyclists, from Northern California and out of state. The race takes place on a winding circuit in downtown Morgan Hill, with nine turns in just over one mile. This style of race is known in the cycling world as a “criterium.” Criteriums are always fast and furious, with riders frequently trying to get away from the field and “˜steal a lap’ on the short course. The circuit starts and finishes at the corner of Monterey Road and the 3rd Street Webcor Bridge, which is being refaced courtesy of Webcor Builders just for this race. The Webcor Bridge and the short climb are two signature features of the course. The “Hill” will be the setting for the most explosive action when the power-climbers decide to put a little leg-burn on their rivals, and the narrow entrance to Webcor Bridge will be a critical spot every lap with riders looking to be first through the gap. The grand finale will take place on the picturesque tree-lined Monterey Road where a bunch sprint for line honors will see riders top 40 mph.
10-15 exposition displays will be set up by event sponsors and cycling and sports industry companies, and various children’s activities will take place throughout the day. See next page for contact information.
-Who: 300-500 Pro and Amateur Road Cyclists and 2000+ Spectators (estimated)
-What: Morgan Hill Grand Prix
-When: April 10, 2005 — 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
-Where: Downtown Morgan Hill, CA
-Information: www.morganhillgrandprix.com, Event Hotline (650) 302-6310