Solvang puts on "Race of Truth" to defray costs of hosting Tour of California

Officials from the Tour of California host city of Solvang are taking a unique approach to...

Officials from the Tour of California host city of Solvang are taking a unique approach to fundraising to pay for the race's visit by hosting a "Race of Truth" event. 20 qualified amateur cyclists will have the opportunity to ride the Stage 5 Solvang Individual Time Trial closed course one hour prior to the pros on Friday, February 22, and the net proceeds will help the City of Solvang defray costs for hosting the Stage 5 race.

Riders will get up to 45 minutes to ride the official 15-mile time trial course, and organizers are recommending that they should be able to sustain a 20 mph average speed since those who cannot complete the course in the allotted time may be removed to avoid interference with the professional race. Those who do finish can compare their times to last year's winner, Levi Leipheimer, who completed a similar course in 29 minutes, 40 seconds.

The entry fee comes in the form of a donation package costing US$1,500 or $1,000 depending on the options selected. For details, e-mail info@tourofcalifornia-solvang.com or call Local Organizing Committee Co-chair Carol Petersen at (805) 688-8617.

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