On Sunday, April 10, the second annual Garrett Lemire Memorial Grand Prix will be held in the downtown area of Ojai California. USA. Ojai is located at the base of the Topa Topa Mountains just inland from the coast between Santa Barbara and Los Angeles. It is Garrett's hometown and he had always dreamed of having a professional race here.
Due to the success of last year's race, USA Cycling has added the Garrett Lemire Memorial Grand Prix to the National Racing Calendar with a full day of racing for all categories, culminating with the Pro Women's race at 11:30 AM and the Pro Men's at 12:35PM. There are over 180 volunteers coming in from all over the US and the local communities working together to make this year's race a safe and successful event.
Garrett Lemire was killed while participating in the 2003 Tucson Bicycle Classic, and after his death, his friends and family created the Garrett Lemire Memorial Foundation. The GLMF is a non-profit organization working in the local school system educating students of all ages about cycling safety, fitness, bicycle maintenance and the sport of cycling. Funds from the foundation also go towards insuring that the race is an annual success and a fun family event for the kids.
For more information or to make a donation, go to: www.glmgp.com