What cyclist wouldn’t enjoy the thrill of a challenging 300-foot climb followed by an awe-inspiring descent? How about the fact that they can do this on a world-renowned race track?
Monthly twilight rides allow cyclists of all ages to experience the excitement of pedaling Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca’s 11-turn, 2.238-mile course. The ride is highlighted by the legendary Corkscrew that drops an equivalent of 5 1/2 stories. Rides generally run from 5:30–7:30 p.m. (5-7 p.m. in the winter months), and are open to all levels of cyclists. Helmets are required and the cost is only $10 per rider.
Each month is hosted by a different local bicycle club, organization or business, some holding competitions such as time trials or criterium races and many with off-track activities such as barbecue dinners, costume contests and giveaways.
2016 Twilight Rides
January 13 (5-7 p.m.)
February 3 (5-7 p.m.) Host: Salinas High Cowboys
March 16 (5:30 -7:30 p.m.) Host: Don Chapin MBRT
April 27 (5:30 -7:30 p.m.) Host: Little Bellas
May 18 (5:30-7:30 p.m.) – AMGEN TOUR arrival
June 15 (5:30-7:30 p.m.) Host: NPS Cycling Club
July 13 (5:30-7:30 p.m.) Host: DC-120
August 16 (5:30-7:30 p.m.) Host: NPS Cycling Club
September 7 (5:30-7:30 p.m.) Host: Calif. Custom Sheds Cycling Team
The Sept. 7 Twilight Cycling event is a two-hour, two-wheeled opportunity to ride side-by-side at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca with many of the top up-and-coming Mazda-powered drivers in the country.
The California Custom Sheds Cycling Team and Bay Bikes will host the ride which begins at 5:30 p.m. Bay Bikes will be on hand with demo bikes and helmets, as well as provide minor maintenance. The entry fee is $10 and a helmet is required.
World Champion Peter Sagan (SVK) of Tinkoff has claimed his 15th all-time Amgen Tour of California stage win after a long and hilly ride northward on one of the most scenic and iconic stretches of California roadway, Highway 1, through Monterey County.
“It was hard, but good,” said Sagan, when asked about today’s stage. “I’m very happy for my other teammates, and I’m very happy to have won.”
Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca provides many opportunities for race car and motorcycle enthusiasts to test their skills on the same track as their professional heroes. Road cycling enthusiasts will have the same opportunity May 18 to follow in the narrow tire tracks of their professional racing heroes during the monthly Twilight Cycling ride.
The 2016 Amgen Tour of California, presented by AEG, will kick off this spring in the heart of San Diego for the first time in its 11-year history, make a stop at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, and conclude in Sacramento, the first time the state capital will host the overall race finish.
The 2016 Amgen Tour of California route was released today, revealing a scenic but challenging course across nearly 800 miles of California’s most beautiful terrain where the world’s most accomplished cyclists will compete for the overall title May 15-22, 2016. Presented by Visit California, the route announcement included a route video with details of each of the eight stages, viewable at HERE.
The final 2.29 miles of Stage 4 of the 2016 Amgen Tour of California will provide a challenging and unique opportunity for the field of elite international cyclists to compete at a world-class motorsports venue.
The concluding stretch of the 133.6-mile fourth stage, the longest stage on the tour, will take place on the grounds of the Laguna Seca Recreation Area and conclude at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca’s traditional start/finish line. It will be an ultimate test of strength, endurance, skill and strategy.
The 2016 Amgen Tour of California will enter its second decade as America’s most prestigious annual cycling event with an unsurpassed field of men’s and women’s professional teams for the 2016 race. The 11th annual men’s event will include 10 UCI WorldTour Teams, the most in race history, as some of the top cyclists in the world face off across nearly 800 miles of California terrain May 15-22. The four-day Women’s Race empowered with SRAM will showcase some of the best talent in the sport and run in tandem May 19-22.
The Don Chapin Monterey Bay Racing Team (MBRT) will host the Oct. 14 Twilight Cycling ride from 5:00–7:00 p.m. on the historic and iconic 11-turn, 2.238-mile Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca road course.
Now in its sixth year, more than 100 riders typically converge monthly on Mazda Raceway for Twilight Cycling. The Twilight Rides are one of the many community service-oriented programs that SCRAMP and Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca conduct throughout the year. The Twilight Rides are open to all ages and skill levels. Activities for the Oct. 14 event will include a timed hill climb.
The first of two Twilight Cycling events in April at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca will be hosted April 1 by Don Chapin Monterey Bay Racing Team. In addition to the recreational, open track ride, MBRT will be holding a three-lap circuit race for P 1/2/3 groups and a separate 4/5 groups. Racing activities begin at 6:30 p.m. at the start/finish line. A free barbeque after the event is open to all participants.
Twilight Cycling, presented by Rabobank, will be held October 8 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. during the SCCA National Championship Runoffs where the paddock will be full of more than 500 race cars from all over the U.S. and Canada as their drivers compete for the ultimate amateur racing prize.
The monthly Twilight Cycling Ride, presented by Rabobank, at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca will be an evening of fun, trial races, general lapping and followed by a delicious BBQ June 18 from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. The evening is hosted by the Monterey Bay Racing Team, which was formed in 2005 by a handful of cyclists interested in increasing local participation of bicycle racing.
There is so much to see and do when visiting Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, whether it’s making a quick overnight stop to see a race, or if you’re making a weekend of it and checking out all the cool attractions in the Monterey County area.
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