Sacramento Grand Prix to Open the Tour of California
An agreement was reached between the Sacramento Sports Commission and the Amgen Tour of California to organize a professional criterium style cycling race before the start of Stage 1 of the 2010 Tour. The race is slated to take place on May 16, 2010.
Travelling 1.4 miles, the Sacramento Grand Prix starts at 10am with its course rounding the Capitol Building. It will run a course that duplicates portions that of the Tour. This will be in time before Stage 1 ends in downtown Sacramento.
The Grand Prix will promote the return of women professional racers to the tour and will be joined by the finest female cyclists in the world. In addition, it will demonstrate the best short course in cycling.
The Project Sport showcasing this professional standard for men and women in cycling races is to be presented as an opener to the 2010 Amgen Tour of California as confirmed by the Sacramento Sports Commissioner Executive Director John McCasey. He further added that thousands have been thrilled and enjoyed the previous year’s racing course which highlighted a Sunday afternoon finish in May. The event added more prestige to the sport of cycling, the men and women engaged in it and for Sacramento itself.
The Sacramento Grand Prix is now gaining popularity as one of the top cycling events which features women cyclists. Ryan Dawkins, President of Project Sport and Race Director of Sacramento Grand Prix looks forward to the event which is expected to draw crowds from all over America.
The crowd will get a chance to watch the elite women cyclists participating in this great event. The members of the Team Twenty 12, an all women racers organized for the 2012 Olympic Games in London, has Kristin Armstrong, a 2008 Olympic Gold Medalist and current World Time Trial Champion as their skipper.
Nicola Cranmer, GM of the Peanut Butter & Co. Twenty 12 team is elated by Project Sport which features women cyclists along side the men’s Tour. She believes that women cyclists deserves the recognition in the races and could deliver an excellent impression carrying the reputation of Amgen Tour of California to the media.
Project Sport has in its program a roster of running event which includes the San Francisco US Half Marathon series. Third on its major events is the professional cycling event, The Sacramento Grand Prix. This effort is in collaboration with the Sport Commission and they have sat for three years brewing the ideal race. After thorough consideration and evaluation, the concept became a reality.