Hood River, Ore., May 5, 2009 – This year’s Mt. Hood Cycling Classic is excited to announce that Pacific Power, one of the West’s leading electric utilities serving approximately 1.7 million customers in six western states, has signed on as the race’s Title Sponsor for 2009. With hard times falling on many American races, Pacific Power’s commitment is a sign of the strength and viability of one the toughest stage races in the U.S. Pacific Power is headquartered in Oregon and is committed to sustainable energy, making it a perfect match for the race and the natural splendor for which it is now so well-known.
This year the race will take place Wednesday, June 3 through Sunday, June 7. The race will draw professional racers from around the country to compete for $20,000 in cash and merchandise. Last year, 500 professional and amateur racers participated and the race drew crowds of over 15,000. The 2009 race features many of the traditional courses that have made the Mt. Hood Cycling Classic one of the toughest and most scenic races in the country, including the epic Scenic Gorge Time Trial that covers 18 miles and 2000 feet of climbing and a mountain top finish queen stage covering 90 miles and over 10,000 feet of climbing.
Not only is the Mt. Hood Cycling Classic a great chance for people to see top-notch professionals go head-to-head, but cyclists of all ages and abilities can also get in on the action. This year the Tour de Hood, which runs June 6-7, will offer recreational riders and the general public the chance to ride two of the same courses that challenge elite racers in the Mt. Hood Cycling Classic stage race: the legendary Wy’East professional course (90 miles) and the Scenic Gorge Time Trial course (42 miles). Riders can go at their own pace and receive full mechanical support, plus food and drinks, along the route. For complete information and registration, go to www.tourdehoodride.com.
The Mt. Hood Cycling Classic is also open to amateur racers. Riders can register online at https://www.sportsbaseonline.com/Item.aspx?item_id=3206 or via mail. Standard registration will ends May 20 at midnight. Riders registering after May 20 will pay an additional $25 and can register up to midnight on June 1.
For more info about the Mt. Hood Cycling Classic and its sponsors, please visit to www.mthoodcyclingclassic.com