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Bikers complete inaugural race around Turlock Lake

Bikers complete inaugural race around Turlock Lake

Bikers compete in the inaugural Turlock Lake Road Race on Saturday.

POSTED April 12, 2011 10:54 p.m.
Nearly 500 bike racers completed the Turlock Lake Road Race on Saturday afternoon, wrapping up the inaugural event at Turlock Lake in La Grange with expectations that it will attract a greater attendance next year, said Robert Bell, the marketing director for Fun Sport Bikes Cycling Team, also the organizer.
About 300 spectators attended the event, which, Bell said, hopes to gain more of an audience after having such a successful run this year.
“The support from the local businesses and the city of Turlock was incredible,” he added. “(If it weren’t for them), it wouldn’t have gone as well as it did.”
Next year, Bell said, the race hopes to become a two-day event and attract some 2,500-3,000 people, including racers and spectators, all to help boost the local economy.
“We hope to use this as an economic shot in the arm for Turlock,” Bell said.
Frank Spiteri of Marc Pro-Strava won the men’s pro race and Jane Despas of Yahoo! Cycling Team captured the women’s title. The race was a 26.7-mile loop around Turlock Lake, with the pros completing eight laps. The lower categories of racers did as little as 52 miles, as there were a total of eight races.
To contact Chhun Sun, e-mail or call 634-9141 ext. 2041.

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