Jeannie Longo to race in Colorado, plus upcoming California Gran Fondos

Legendary French Cyclist, Jeannie Longo
(Photo: Yuzuru Sunada)
Jeannie Longo to Race in the 2nd Annual Steamboat Springs Stage Race Presented by Moots
Olympic gold-medalist and thirteen-time world champion, Jeannie Longo, one of the most decorated women in road racing history, along with husband and coach, Patrice Ciprelli, will compete in this weekend’s 2nd Annual Steamboat Springs Stage Race presented by Moots. Jeannie Longo and Patrice Ciprelli contacted race promoter Corey Piscopo late last week and confirmed their participation by registering over the weekend.  They will be racing for Vital Plus.

‘Jeannie is arguably the greatest female cyclist of all time,’ said Piscopo.  “It’s an honor to have Jeannie and Patrice participate. To be able to watch Jeannie race will be incredible, truly a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.’

Jeannie Longo recently claimed her 57th French national title. This past June, in the French championships, she won the time trial for the third consecutive year and took third in the road race.

The 2nd Annual Steamboat Springs Stage race begins Friday afternoon, September 3 with the Aspire Time Trial. Racing action continues Saturday at Marabou Ranch with the Marabou Ranch Circuit Race. Sunday’s Moots Road Race features the scenic and rolling terrain of Routt County roads.  Monday’s Ski & Bike Kare Downtown Criterium brings the action to old town Steamboat. Longo and Ciprelli are among numerous world-class athletes scheduled to compete including Timmy Duggan and Peter Stetina of Garmin-Transitions and Jake Wells of Mafia Racing.  US Nordic Combined team members Taylor Fletcher and Brett Denney will also be racing.

All race fields are limited to 65 racers, with a maximum of 40 in the junior category. Online registration closes Tuesday, August 31 at midnight (MST). There is no onsite or race-day registration. Professional and amateur categories will complete for a $7500 cash purse, $750 criterium priems, plus additional daily merchandise prizes. All registered athletes who start the individual time trial are automatically entered to win a custom Moots road frame.

For detailed race information including registration, course descriptions, maps, category start times, cash prize breakdown, volunteer opportunities, or to download the official race technical guide and more, visit www.bikesteamboat.com.

About Moots:
Moots Cycles, based in Steamboat Springs, CO has been a respected leader in the cycling community since 1981. The company is known for hand building the finest quality titanium road, mountain, cross and commuter bikes, select parts and components from its facility in the Rocky Mountains. Moots bikes are enjoyed by cycling enthusiasts worldwide for their unsurpassed ride quality, attention to details and superior craftsmanship. Moots frames and parts are available from high-end specialty bike dealers throughout the United States, Canada, Europe and Asia. For more information on Moots, visit: www.moots.com.

About Steamboat Springs Stage Race:
Now in its second year, the Steamboat Springs Stage Race (SSSR) is a four-day road race held in Steamboat Springs, CO over the Labor Day weekend, September 3-6, 2010. Stages include individual time trial, circuit race, road race and criterium. Sanctioned by the American Cycling Association, standard stage race format is followed with overall general classification calculated by time. Professional and amateur categories compete for cash and merchandise. The 2010 SSSR is one of 12 road stage races featured in VeloNews’ Road & Race Guide. For additional information, visit: www.bikesteamboat.com.

San Luis Obispo Gran Fondo Attracts Pro Riders 
San Luis Obispo ALPHA announces the participation of pro cyclists from around the world at the inaugural SLO GranFondo, presented by HED Ardennes, Saturday October 23 in San Luis Obispo, California.  Riders from Team HTC-Columbia, including American Tejay Van Garderen, German Road Champion Ina-Yoko Teutenberg, US Time Trial Champion Evie Stevens, and American rider Craig Lewis will join hundreds of amateur riders of all abilities for the GranFondo ride along the rugged coast of San Luis Obispo county.  
Special guests will also ride the course starting in San Luis Obispo’s historic Mission Plaza, including former National and World Champion and Olympic medalist Mari Holden and Olympic medalist and former Sports Director Andrzej Bek of Poland.
Participants will have the opportunity to ride with the pros, and may choose one of three fully supported routes throughout San Luis Obispo County to suit everyone from the occasional rider to the seasoned competitor. Register now. Visit www.slogranfondo.com for route and registration details.
About the charity beneficiary:
San Luis Obispo ALPHA is a nonprofit pregnancy and parenting resource center serving Central Coast families for 30 years. Alpha’s free services support nearly 650 families annually. For more information visit www.sloalpha.org.
Orange County, California’s Inaugural Gran Fondo
Gran Fondos, Italian for ‘big ride,’ are large-scale community bicycle rides that famous in Europe are becoming more popular throughout the United States.  Orange County, California’s inaugural Gran Fondo begins and ends in the heart of the city of Irvine. The October 9th event features four routes that take riders from the Pacific Ocean to the hills of Orange County.
Riders can chose from an 11, 30, 63 or 101 mile route. The 11 and 30 mile rides are family friendly and utilize many of Irvine’s paved off road trails.  The 63 and 101 mile rides take cyclists down to Pacific Coast Highway via the Back Bay trail in Newport Beach, and from PCH they head up the Santa Ana River Trail (paved cycling trail) for almost 14 miles of no cars, no stops and few pedestrians.
“Our ride is unique as we are doing chipped timing for the 63 and 101 mile routes through the upside of well-known Santiago Canyon (about 9 miles with 1200 feet of climb),” says the event’s organizer, Cameron Jackson.  “Riders can test their fitness on this uphill course with no stops. The top three riders will get King of the Mountain prizes.”
Each route will also have fully supported SAG stops and every rider will get a free t-shirt and free pasta meal after the ride. The ride benefits all of the youth programs at Orange County’s St. John Neumann church.  Riders can check out all of the details, see the routes, order a commemorative jersey, and register at www.ocgranfondo.com.

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