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Manhattan Beach Grand Prix set for July 1

The women’s peloton

The women’s peloton (Image credit: Steve Cohen)

The 46th Annual Manhattan Beach Grand Prix is set for July 1. Thousands of fans will watch two main events: t he women's pro race beginning at 11:00 am and the men's pro race at 1 pm. This year, the even will also crown the Women's Cycling Challenge Champion, the winner of a series of women's races in Southern California and Nevada. All total, over 1,000 racers will compete for US $25,000 in prize money.

"We can expect an action-packed day of world-class racing," said Rod Spackman, Policy, Government and Public Affairs Manager for Chevron, the event's title sponsor for the past 16 years. "The Grand Prix has helped cultivate a new generation of cycling enthusiast in Southern California. Professional bicycle racing is exploding in popularity, and we are honored that the South Bay and this event continue to serve as its base of support."

The race's paperclip shaped 1.4 mile criterium course is challenging and technical with two long straight-aways and two sweeping 180-degree turns. Riders face a headwind on the downward slope, which hinders breakaways. Team tactics are a must and setting up for the final turn is essential to win the event. Some of the teams returning this year include Toyota United Cycling, Health Net, and Navigators.

Last year's event was won by Juan Haedo (Toyota- United Pro Cycling Team) and Nicky Wangsgard (Colorado Premier Training-Colnago Womens).

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