A women’s criterium will be held in Sacramento on May 16, just prior to the arrival of the men’s Amgen Tour of California peloton in the city.
The Sacramento Grand Prix at the 2010 Amgen Tour of California will begin at 10 a.m. and will circle the Capitol building duplicating part of the finishing circuits that will be used in the men’s race.
The race will be open to Category 1, 2 and pro riders.
While the Tour showcases the world’s best cyclists in a European-style road racing format, the Grand Prix will exhibit cycling’s best short course and up-and-coming cyclists, and will rejoin women’s cycling to the prominence offered by an event that serves as the United States’ premier staging of the sport. The women’s criterium marks the return of women’s professional racing to the Tour and will feature some of the best female cyclists in the world.
“The Sacramento Grand Prix is emerging as one of the top women’s cycling events in America and carries international athletic importance,” followed Ryan Dawkins, president of Project Sport and race director of Sacramento Grand Prix. “With huge crowds expected in Sacramento the event promises to be exciting for both racers and cycling fans.”
Peanut Butter & Co./Team Twenty12 is already a confirmed entrant.
“I am very pleased that Project Sport is including a women’s event in conjunction with the Tour’s men’s race,” said Nicola Cranmer, General Manager of the Peanut Butter & Co. TWENTY12 team. “Its my hope that this partnership could develop into a great stage race for the women too. It’s critical to our sponsors that women’s racing gets the attention it deserves and is able to take advantage of the great media impressions that the Amgen Tour of California affords. Women’s racing is dynamic and exciting. I can assure you the cyclists will put on a great show for the spectators and the City of Sacramento.”
“We didn’t come to this decision overnight,” said McCasey. “We have been talking for three years about this idea. Our LOC put Project Sport through a pretty thorough evaluation and Ryan Dawkins and his staff did a great job of presenting this concept and showing how nicely they could fit the three hour presentation into an already busy day of setup. We are excited to partner with Project Sport not only for this year but in going forward with the Sacramento Grand Prix in future years. They showed great patience and persistence.”