On Sunday, June 26, Fidelity Investments Burlingame Criterium will be held in the Northern California, USA town of Burlingame. The race will attract the top cycling talent from Northern California, along with hundreds of children and families participating in the second annual Ryan Phua Memorial Kids Ride.
The Pro/1/2/3 Women's race, starting at 1:30, will feature newly-crowned U.S. Champion Katheryn Curi of the Webcor Builders team, who earned her title with a surprising win on June 22 in Park City, Utah. Curi's Webcor Builders teammate, 2004 Olympian Christine Thorburn will also race in Burlingame. Although Webcor appears to be the odds-on favourite, teams like Monterey-based Velo Bella, the Bay Area Velo Girls, Palo Alto Bicycles, and the Dewar's Racing squad of defending winner Cynthia Carroll will look to snatch victory away from Webcor.
The Pro/1/2 Men's race starts at 12:20, and will feature defending Burlingame winner Dave McCook of Jelly Belly-PoolGel, who returns to compete against the McGuire-Langdale teammates that helped him win in 2004. Kodak Gallery/Sierra Nevada's four-man squad will look to deliver sprinter Jackson Stewart to a repeat of his 2003 Burlingame Criterium win, while Webcor Builder's men's team will include rising start Bernard van Ulden, who placed third on June 21st in the U.S. national time trial championships.
Ryan's Ride, presented by Kodakgallery.com, is a fundraising event and symbol of hope for the Phua Family. Money raised goes to the Ryan Phua Memorial Fund established through the Lance Armstrong Foundation. The Phua family hopes to raise $100,000 and make a difference in the psychological, social and physical recovery of Bay Area families who have been affected by cancer.
For more information, please visit www.burlingamecriterium.com