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PRESS RELEASE – Specialized unveils Morgan Hill GP

PROFESSIONAL AND AMATUER ROAD CYCLISTS ROLL INTO MORGAN HILL TO COMPETE IN THE MORGAN HILL GRAND PRIXSpecialized Bicycle Components Creates a Road Race in its HometownMorgan Hill, Calif, - The Morgan Hill Grand Prix, Northern California’snewest and most eagerly-awaited professional and amateur road race, willtake place on April 10, 2005, from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Between 300-500pro and amateur athletes, and approximately 2,000 spectators are expectedto attend.“It's really great to be involved in the creation of a local race,"says Mike Sinyard, Founder and President of Specialized

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PROFESSIONAL AND AMATUER ROAD CYCLISTS ROLL INTO MORGAN HILL TO COMPETE IN THE MORGAN HILL GRAND PRIX
Specialized Bicycle Components Creates a Road Race in its HometownMorgan Hill, Calif, – The Morgan Hill Grand Prix, Northern California’snewest and most eagerly-awaited professional and amateur road race, willtake place on April 10, 2005, from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Between 300-500pro and amateur athletes, and approximately 2,000 spectators are expectedto attend.“It’s really great to be involved in the creation of a local race,”says Mike Sinyard, Founder and President of Specialized Bicycles, locatedin Morgan Hill, CA. “We’re committed to creating a sustainable event that’sbuilt out of the passion of the riders. But there’s more to it than that.Morgan Hill is a great city, we’ve had our headquarters and R&D facilityhere for more than twenty years, and hosting a cycling race here providesa way for people from outside to discover what Morgan Hill has to offer.And of course this is going to be a real fun day, for cyclists, for families,and for the community as a whole. Ultimately we want to put our hometown,Morgan Hill, on the map as a destination for cycling worldwide – and believeme, there’s some awesome riding in this area.”In its inaugural year, the Specialized Morgan Hill Grand Prix is expectedto attract several nationally ranked cyclists, from Northern Californiaand out of state. The race takes place on a winding circuit in downtownMorgan Hill, with nine turns in just over one mile. This style of raceis known in the cycling world as a “criterium.” Criteriums are always fastand furious, with riders frequently trying to get away from the field and‘steal a lap’ on the short course. The circuit starts and finishes at thecorner of Monterey Road and the 3rd Street Webcor Bridge, which is beingrefaced courtesy of Webcor Builders just for this race. The Webcor Bridgeand the short climb are two signature features of the course. The “Hill”will be the setting for the most explosive action when the power-climbersdecide to put a little leg-burn on their rivals, and the narrow entranceto Webcor Bridge will be a critical spot every lap with riders lookingto be first through the gap. The grand f
inale will take place on the picturesque tree-lined Monterey Road wherea bunch sprint for line honors will see riders top 40 mph.10-15 exposition displays will be set up by event sponsors and cyclingand sports industry companies, and various children’s activities will takeplace throughout the day.Who: 300-500 Pro and Amateur Road Cyclists and 2000+ Spectators(estimated)
What:  Morgan Hill Grand Prix
When: April 10, 2005 – 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Where: Downtown Morgan Hill, CA
Information:  www.morganhillgrandprix.com,Event Hotline (650) 302-6310


About Specialized Bicycles:
Specialized Bicycles, founded in Morgan Hill, CA in 1974, designedand manufactured the first production mountain bike, which now residesin the Smithsonian Institute.Specialized is a company of devout cyclists obsessed with creating cuttingedge, functional and technically advanced products that provide a performancebenefit for the cycling enthusiast. Specialized products are availableexclusively through Specialized dealers, or on the Web at www.specialized.com.About Webcor Builders:
Webcor Builders is ranked as the largest contractor in San Franciscoand consistently listed among the ENR Top 400 General Contractors in thecountry. Webcor Builders is headquartered in San Mateo with offices inSan Francisco, Hayward, Los Angeles, San Diego and Anaheim. Thirty-threeyears of working for such clients as Starwood Lodging, Lucas Films, OracleCorporation, The California Academy of Sciences and Electronic Arts hassecured its position as a builder for high profile, large-scale projects.With over 850 employees, Webcor currently has over $1.3 billion of contractsin place. On the cycling side, Webcor Builders has been an ever-growingsupporter of the sport over the past 6 years. The upcoming season marksthe third year that Webcor is fielding a team in the UCI professional arena.