Riders from teams including Toyota United Cycling, Health Net and Navigators will be part of over 1,000 racers who will compete for $25,000 in prize money at the 45th Annual Chevron Manhattan Beach Grand Prix on Sunday, August 13, 2006.
"We can expect a spectacular day of world-class races," said Rod Spackman, public and government affairs manager for Chevron, the event's title sponsor for the past 15 years. "The Chevron Manhattan Beach Grand Prix has helped cultivate a new generation of cycling enthusiast in Southern California. Professional bicycle racing is exploding in popularity, and we are honoured that the South Bay and this event continues to serve as its base of support."
More than 10,000 spectators are expected to witness the two main events, the women's and men's pro races This year's Chevron Manhattan Beach Grand Prix will also crown the inaugural woman's cycling challenge champion. The cycling challenge was created for woman racers in Southern California and Nevada of all levels, to encourage and support participation in the sport.
Community races will take place after the main races and are open to children two to 14 years old, who will receive an official race number, medal and an event T-shirt.