On July 9, 2017, the 805 Criterium Series will bring the high-speed excitement of road bicycle racing to the streets of Thousand Oaks. The racing will be particularly exciting as the race is an SCNCA SoCal Cup Race, looking to draw the best racers from all over California and beyond. There are the showcase Pro Men and Women races, four amateur category races, four Master’s races with some of the best racers in the United States and five separate Juniors categories. We also have free Kids Races presented by Michael’s Bicycles at 12:25 p.m., so if you have children, please have them participate! Spectating for all events is entirely free! The 805 Thousand Oaks Grand Prix is fundraising for local charity the Michael P. Nosco Foundation, so please help support this worthy charity.
The 805 Thousand Oaks Grand Prix is held on a challenging 1.2 mile, three-turn course certain to be prized by racers and spectators alike for excitement and thrills as racers go all out in the uphill finish to claim their share of the $5,000 purse or one of the many exciting primes. The Race offers equal prize money for men and women in the Elite Championship races.
The start-finish line is at the corner of Conejo Spectrum and Conejo Center Drive (west of MB2 Raceway). There is parking at the Anthem lot at the corner of Lawrence Drive and Conejo Center. The racing starts at 7:00 a.m. with the last race starting at 4:15 p.m. and the two premier events, the Women’s and Men’s Elite races start at 12:50 p.m. and 2:15 p.m., respectively. Visit the website at www.805toGP.bike for full details and times. Registration is available online and on race day up to 15 minutes before each race. The Michael’s Bicycles Kids’ Race starts at 12:25 p.m. but get there by 11:30 a.m. to sign up and get ready.
In addition to the racing action, there is an expo with fun activities and vendors, such as booths by cycling-related and other local companies, and a beer and wine garden provided by sponsors Sierra Nevada and the Stonehaus from which all proceeds will benefit the Nosco Foundation. A great day for the whole family! The expo also has free skin cancer screenings from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., provided by respected local dermatologists in conjunction with the American Academy of Dermatology. Cyclists have particular risks of skin cancers, including melanoma, and the race will be helping to provide information about prevention techniques as well as the free screenings for everyone. Please come and get screened and learn more about steps you can take to prevent skin cancers, whether on or off the bike.
There are two host USA Cycling clubs: Velo Club La Grange and Serious Cycling. We thank our many sponsors for making the event possible: The Halpern Law Firm, RLH Equity Partners, Serious Cycling, Apex Law APC, Bonk Breaker, Cannondale, Helen’s Cycles, Domaine LA, Win’s Wheels, Silver Star Mercedes-Benz, Machines for Freedom, Michael's Bicycles, Atom Composites, SG Productions, Velo Pasadena, Lee Ziff Real Estate Professionals, Newbury Park Bicycles, Sierra Nevada and the Stonehaus. The City of Thousand Oaks is a great partner in promoting cycling and we thank them for their support.
More information about the race can be found at www.805toGP.bike or you can contact Co-Race Director Tom FitzGibbon at firstname.lastname@example.org.