NorCal CycleFest tickets still available

Tickets are still available for the 2009 NorCal CycleFest, a fundraising event benefitting the Northern California High School Mountain Bike Racing League, to be held in Mill Valley, California November 6 - 8.

"The sixth annual NorCal CycleFest is the main annual fundraiser for the League," said Matt Fritzinger, founder of the NorCal League. "This year attendees will enjoy the vintage poster show, our line-up of speakers and the silent auction which provides a great win-win opportunity to support the League. This is a key developmental year for high school cycling, and we are really counting on the continued support of Bay Area cyclists.”

The event begins on Friday, November 6, with a cocktail reception from 6-10 pm presented by McGuire Real Estate, where Jonathan Vaughters, founder of the Garmin-Slipstream Professional cycling team, will chat and mingle with attendees.

Saturday evening, November 7, starting at 6 pm, is the main event: a gala dinner featuring a silent auction and vintage poster show, at the Mill Valley Community Center, 180 Camino Alto. The stars of the silent auction are two offerings from Specialized Bicycle Components and a luxury guided mountain bike trip from Western Spirits.

Of the bicycles, one is a US$4,400 Specialized Roubaix PRO SRAM road bicycle; the other is a US$3,700 Specialized Stumpjumper FSR Expert specced with the Specialized AFR shock and Fox’s F120 RLC fork.

Other auction items include items donated by CamelBak, Fox Racing Shox, Ritchey Design, Syncros, and Shimano. Other dinner sponsors include Clif Bar, GU Energy Labs, NCNCA, Mike's Bikes, Mountain Hardwear and Touchstone Climbing and Fitness.

Master of ceremonies for the evening is the well-known race commentator and freelance cycling journalist Bruce Hildenbrand, while video journalist Bob Cullinan will interview Jonathan Vaughters. With this mix of personalities, the evening is sure to be filled with wry, humorous and intellectual takes on the contemporary cycling scene.

Sunday’s ride, supported by the Marin Cyclists, features Garmin-Slipstream pro riders Lucas Euser and Steven Cozza, who will be ready to discuss the 2010 Tour of California route and relate tales from the peloton during an easy 50-mile spin out to Point Reyes Station, which includes California Highway Patrol escort and a rest stop with food.

The 2009 NorCal League CycleFest schedule:

* Friday November 6: Cocktail reception with Jonathan Vaughters in Mill Valley
* Saturday, November 7: Benefit dinner, silent auction and vintage poster show, hosted by Jonathan Vaughters at the Mill Valley Community Center
* Sunday, November 8: Scenic road ride in Marin countryside with Garmin-Slipstream's Jonathan Vaughters, Lucas Euser and Steven Cozza, both of whom raced for the NorCal League in high school.

Proceeds from the ticket sales support the Northern California High School Mountain Bike Racing League, so be sure to purchase one for your friend/spouse/partner too! Admission is US$150 (Regular), and $195 for Patron tickets tickets, which include a pre-dinner cocktail hour with Jonathan, preferred seating and special gifts. All tickets are available online at

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