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Grand Prix Bike Race Comes to Sacramento

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(Sacramento, CA)
Wednesday, September 7, 2011

The Sacramento Grand Prix will introduce many northern Californians to a kind of racing that differs from the Amgen Tour's course of state highways, big city downtown corridors, and small foothill communities.

Ryan Chamberlain with race organizer, Project Sport says this course goes right around the state capitol with two races in one.  It's called a criterium.

CHAMBERLAIN: "The pros will go for 70 minutes and what they'll do is, the race marshal will time how long they're taking per lap. And for the first 90 percent of the race, they'll just be racing against the clock.  And then he'll arbitrarily say, '10 laps to go' And then that final 10 laps will be an all-out sprint."

The racing starts at 2pm. The men's race features four national champions from the U.S and Switzerland.

This is the third grand prix Project Sport has organized in California.  Chamberlain says, based on attendance for those events, between five and seven thousand people are expected to attend.

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