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MERCO Credit Union Cycling Classic gets into gear

A high-class international field will once again hit the streets of downtown Merced, California for the MERCO Credit Union Cycling Classic (MCUCC) presented by McLane Pacific, taking place between March 3-4, 2007. The weekend's main event is the Downtown Grand Prix held on a fast 0.8 mile course circling the historic Merced County Courthouse.

Sanctioned by USA Cycling as part of the National Racing Calendar, comprising the 45 most prestigious races on American soil, the MCUCC will attract a number of international cycling teams including the T-Mobile women's team. "We are thrilled that the T-Mobile team places such value in the MERCO Cycling Classic," said event organiser Doug Fluetsch. "The race has been growing consistently since its start in 1993 and T-Mobile's participation emphasises its importance in the cycling community."

T-Mobile's Suzanne de Goede, a former Dutch road and time trial champion, is looking forward to racing in the mild Californian spring. "The race in California will be nice to get some early racing and in the warmer weather," de Goede said. "For me it will be even more fun as it will be my first time I race in America."

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