The 8th Annual Tour de Murrieta — recently recognized as one of Southern California’s fastest growing three-day cycling events — is just around the corner.
The event will be held March 8-10 and will feature some of the most competitive race teams in California and three “stages” of riding.
Stage 1 is the “We All Ride” timed trial, consisting primarily of paved roadway and a 1.2 mile portion of unpaved, compact dirt for riders on March 8.
The stage 2 Jax Bicycles/Rabobank Grandprix is planned for Saturday, March 9 and will offer a lightning fast one-mile course in Historic Downtown Murrieta.
The Pacific Western Bank Kid’s Race will be held at 12:05 p.m. on Saturday, March 9. This event free, however, kids are asked to bring a canned food item to benefit a local food pantry.
And the stage 3 Rabobank/Jax Bicycles Circuit Race will offer a rolling 3.5 mile course on Sunday, March 10.
The courses remain downtown, with Saturday’s event providing a festival atmosphere that will include an exposition area, free energy drinks, music, a jumpy house for the kids and much more.
Highlighting this year’s event will be the Nature Valley Pro Chase Race Qualifier where race participants will compete for the chance to race at the Nature Valley Grand Prix — a professional race held in Minnesota during the month of June.
Winners receive media appearances, host housing, coaching, team staff support and an opportunity to earn a professional cycling contract.
In 2012, Tour de Murrieta participants Connor McCutcheon and Trina Jacobson were selected.
“Our commitment is to continue promoting the sport of cycling (and) healthy lifestyles, while sparking the local economy by inviting thousands of people to visit the city of Murrieta and its awesome surroundings,” said Race Technical Director Ernie Sanchez in a released statement.
“There is no doubt that our race has gained national attention and contributed to the Amgen Tour of California coming to town in May 2013,” he said.
To learn more, visit www.capoolsracing.org/tdm/.