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Valley of the Sun to draw thousands

The 17th Annual Valley of the Sun John Earley Memorial Stage Race, presented by Landis Cyclery and Trek, will be held from February 13 to 15 in the greater Phoenix area. More than 5,000 participants and spectators are expected.

In 2008, almost 900 cyclists competed in front of thousands of enthusiastic spectators. The 2009 race, hosted by the White Mountain Road Club, will award over US$10,000 in cash and prizes and will attract some of the top professional cycling teams like Bissell Pro Cycling, to be led by Frank Pipp.

The three-day event offers men and women, both amateur and professional road racing cyclists of all levels, the opportunity to compete for cash and prizes. Pro/am events include an individual time trial, a road race and a criterium while others may enjoy a bike rodeo, fitting clinic and kids' race.

Valley of the Sun 2009
February 13: Stage 1 - Town of Buckeye Individual Time Trial, 14 miles
February 14: Stage 2 - Landis Cyclery Road Race, 50 to 100 miles
February 15: Stage 3 - Verrado Criterium, 30 to 70 minutes

For information visit www.wmrc.org.

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