Time: April 3, 2009 at 6pm to April 4, 2009 at 11pm
Location: Downtown Long BEach, East Village
Website or Map: http://www.bikelongbeach.org/…
Event Type: competitive, cycling, family, fun, festival, of
Organized By: Evan R. Doherty
Latest Activity: Apr 4, 2009
Recreational and competitive cycling is set to take over the streets of Downtown Long Beach for a two-day event, April 3-4, 2009. The inaugural Long Beach Bicycle Grand Prix festival and race will consist of anything and everything bicyclerelated: from vendors to fashion shows, from fixed gear demonstrations to criterium road races. The event represents the launch of Bike Long Beach, an innovative plan to make Long Beach “the most cycling friendly urban city in the United States.” The festival is sponsored by the Downtown Long Beach Associates, the Long Beach Area Convention and Visitors Bureau, and the Long Beach Redevelopment Agency.
Bicycle Grand Prix
The races on Saturday will run from 11:00 a.m. until about 7:00 p.m. There are both men’s and women’s events for all skill levels and ages, and a featured Fire and Police competition. The .0.83 mile course in Downtown Long Beach starts and finishes at Broadway and Pine. A shorter course means high speeds, quick laps, and excellent viewing opportunities anywhere on the track for spectators. Races are sanctioned by USA Cycling / USCF and California Bicycle Racing. The grand finale, the men’s pro twilight race, will feature 125 racers engaged in 40+ mph sprints on state-of-the-art bikes, in hopes of taking home a portion of the $10,000 purse.