LODI, Calif. (June 3, 2013) – The historic streets of Lodi will once again see a peloton of road cyclists whizzing through downtown during the fifth annual Lodi Cyclefest, presented by Michael David Winery. This year’s series of bike races will take place on Sunday June 30th. This family friendly event will bring hundreds of professional competitors from throughout Northern California and thousands of spectators to downtown Lodi. The event will feature an expo area, food, beer and wine tents, and of course, lots of bikes and racers navigating the downtown course at 30 miles per hour with sprints reaching 40 miles per hour. This year’s event will be emceed by Michael Hernandez of NorCal Cycling News. The races will begin at 8 a.m. and will continue throughout the day. The event will conclude with a celebratory evening of live music, street food vendors and award ceremonies. Online registration is now open at www.deltavelo.com
Some noteworthy professional racers who have already registered to race in the 2013 Lodi Cyclfest include Chad Gerlach, winner of the inaugural Lodi Cyclefest, Andres Gil, Michael David Winery Team rider and a teacher at local Bear Creek High School who has historically finished in the top 10, and Beth Newell from Team NOW (No Opportunity Wasted), a National and Pan-Am Champion and the 2011 Cyclefest winner in her division.
The event will include a VIP tent for the professional racers and their families, and for sponsors. It will be located at the start/finish line. The tent is sponsored by Michael David Winery and will also showcase local Lodi vendors including Bellindora Olive Oil and Vinegars, Lodi Beer Company and De Vinci’s Italian cuisine.
The event will feature race categories for all age levels, amateurs to professionals, and will also include a USA Handcycle race. There is a free kids’ race and a free adults’ beach cruiser race. The top five finishers in each pro-race category will receive prizes, both cash and wines from Michael David Winery.
Once again, the Lodi Cyclefest will include the ever popular local winemaker’s beach cruiser race called the “Vintners Cup.” Winemakers and winery representatives from the Lodi, Clarksburg, and El Dorado Appellations are all encouraged to enter. Costumes, friendly taunting and spectators betting on their favorite wineries will be sure to be a part of this jovial race. The winner will have their name and winery engraved into the Vintners Cup trophy and will have the right to display it in their winery until next year’s race. The Vintner’s Cup was handmade by local metal sculptor, John Fitzhugh.
The Lodi Cyclefest is free for spectators. Race registration and entry fees vary from $30-$35 and cash prizes will range from $200 to upwards of $2,000 for each race. Additional information and registration details can be found at http://www.deltavelo.com/lodi_cyclefest/
“I can’t believe this is the fifth year for this event. Each year the event draws a bigger crowd, more well known pro-racers, and continued support from the Lodi community. I’ve been training and can’t wait to compete myself,” says Dave Phillips, winery co-owner. Phillips will be competing in the Vintners Cup race along with other members from the winery.
Sponsorship opportunities are still available and can be secured by contacting Damien Gonzalez at firstname.lastname@example.org. The community is encouraged to volunteer; those who are interested should contact Volunteer Coordinator Sean McDonald, email@example.com.
Michael-David Winery is owned by brothers Michael and David Phillips, who have built their Lodi winery into one of the fastest growing wineries in the U.S. The Phillips released their first commercial wine in 1984 under the Phillips Vineyards label after years of growing grapes for other wineries. Now celebrating more than 25 years as a winery, Michael and David have over 800 acres of vineyards in Lodi. They pride themselves on their meticulous farming practices and sustainable wine grape growing, which result in superior quality in the bottle. Their hard work has paid off and the wines regularly take top awards in wine competitions nationwide. Michael – David Winery is located one mile east of Interstate 5 on Highway 12 in Lodi. For additional information, call 209-368-7384 or visit the web site at www.michaeldavidwinery.com.
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