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MORGAN HILL, US (April 5) -Specialized Bicycles, one of the pioneering companies of Mountain Bikes, is reviving a once-famous bicycle racing event in the company’s hometown. The Specialized Morgan Hill Grand Prix is expected to attract over 1,000 spectators and 400 entrants on Sunday, April 10, 2005, to witness a feast of top national and […]

MORGAN HILL, US (April 5) -Specialized Bicycles, one of the pioneering companies of Mountain Bikes, is reviving a once-famous bicycle racing event in the company’s hometown. The Specialized Morgan Hill Grand Prix is expected to attract over 1,000 spectators and 400 entrants on Sunday, April 10, 2005, to witness a feast of top national and international cyclists competing on an exhilarating 1.2 mile downtown circuit.
The San Francisco Bay area continues to be a national hotbed for cycling, and with the “Lance Factor,” the sport is currently enjoying a huge wave of popularity. Indeed, the area is beginning to resemble Italian cycling hotspots, with hundreds of small groups of cyclists on any given weekend to be seen out riding or assembling at the roadside. It should be no surprise, then, that the pro racing scene is flourishing in the Bay area, with five of the nation’s 20 pro teams based here.
For the pro cyclists, the Specialized Morgan Hill Grand Prix represents an opportunity to earn extra cash on a top level criterium course close to home. Two of the nation’s strongest pro teams, the Webcor Builders team and the Kodak Easyshare Gallery-Sierra Nevada team have already committed full squads, and in keeping with established practice, more than 100 entries are expected on race day.
Yet the Specialized Morgan Hill Grand Prix is about much more than pro road racing. More than 300 amateur cyclists are expected too, in a race program that is designed to be a day’s sporting entertainment for all the family. Apart from the adult races, a 400 yard dash is planned for children in three age divisions: 4-6, 7-8 and 9-10 years. All participants in the kids races will receive a medal from Shimano, and a water bottle and T-shirt from Specialized. (MH)

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