Starting March 4th at the El Dorado Park in Long Beach and March 13th at OC Great Park in Irvine, BIKEable Communities and the Grand Prix at the Great Park will be joining forces to host the 34th annual twilight cycling race series. This year racing will be every Tuesday at Eldorado Park and every Thursday at the OC Great Park.* the event will be broken down into 3 series, check the calendar for specific dates and races. The series will continue to be called the PARK2PARK Race Series and offers licensed cycling racers to do some serious training on two, closed course circuits and ultimately crown So Cal’s BEST twilight racers. The series is a USA cycling Category E Competitive event.
Race registration opens each night approximately two hours before sunset with the races starting an hour before sunset. Three groups will race concurrently on the same course after a staggered start. Group A is open for all ages, men, women and juniors in PRO/1/2/3 categories. Group B is open for all ages, men, women and juniors CAT 4/5 and the Group C is Masters 40+ Cat (1-4) each race cost $15 to enter with a onetime $5 permanent number fee. We will also have a timing chip program and if it is ready all racers will have to purchase a timing chip for $30.00, chip is good for 2 years, and chip rental will also be available for one time use. All racers must have a valid USA Cycling license. One day and annual licenses can be purchased online at usacycling.org or during registration.
Time Trialing will continue at the OC Great Park and El Dorado Park will be adding 9 time trials to its schedule as well. The time trials will begin at 5:00 pm or 1 hour from the start of the criterium, check schedule for times and dates.
Also new this year, El Dorado Park, will offer coaching nights on Thursday nights for anyone that is interested in coaching and not racing. Coaching will be a “Intro to Racing Clinic” that will provide basic race skills to CAT4/5 men and women, plus new riders of all ages and skill levels, as well as “Coaching Nights” for teams and individuals to train on race tactics and skills in the safety of a closed course.