I'm sorry to have to say this, but despite everyone's efforts, numbers are still far below last year for Kern, and I just cannot afford to hold the race this year. I plan to bring it back next year, again attempting to work with other promoters and organizers in NorCal and SoCal to provide a less cluttered date. Nearly all of the replies I've had like the stages and the location (though we might run the opening tt at Noon to cut down the lodging days for entrants). SBO will be issuing full refunds via your credit cards. Again, my apologies; it is my favorite race as well.
--Robert Leibold
Ideas to increase riders or sponsorship next year? e-mail me at velopro1@sonnet.com

15th Kern County


  Stage Race

May 13-15, 2011 Bakersfield area, CA

Held under USAC Racing Rules & Permit 2011-656+++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

Presented By: Velo Promo and Golden Chain Cyclists

A true timed stage race for 6 categories of Women; All stages as in 2008-2010

Registration: 8:00 a.m.-8:45 a.m.. at the TT start location Friday 5/13.

Directions: Take Hwy 58 east from 99 in Bakersfield to Tower Line Road, turn north to Edison Hwy (Bena Road) and turn right to parking.

Stage One: Bena Individual Time Trial, Friday May 13. First rider (Women 1/2/Pro) off at 9 am, 30-second starts. Fairly flat 10 mile total (5 out, 5 back) TT course, one short climb on the return leg. (Race has moved back to morning for potential heat reasons). All on Bena Road

Stage Two: Walker Basin Road Race Saturday May 14. First group (Women 1/2/Pro) starts at 9 a.m., all riders start by 9:25. Loop is 7.5 miles of nearly flat roads in the Walker Basin, that flat area halfway through the Paris-Loraine course of old (after big climb and descent). East of Bakersfield , north of Caliente. Course: Walker Basin Road, Caliente-Bodfish, Walser, Johns, Walker Basin.

Stage Three Havilah Hillclimb Saturday May 14. First group (Women 1/2/Pro) off at 3 p.m., all start by 3:12. 15 mile mountain climb on the East side of Breckinridge Mtn. Net elevation gain of about 2,700 feet. (Top at 6,200’) Fair pavement, narrow road, quiet route on Breckenridge Road from Bald Eagle Ranch to Lightner’s Flat..
Stage Four: Iron Mountain Road Race Sunday May 15: Woody 24-mile loop, (north of Bakersfield in the hills). Course is a mountainous/rolling loop used in past for SoCal district Championships, & used since 1998 in this stage race, but this year again from the north end, in Woody. Course: Woody-Granite, Granite, Woody, Woody-Granite Roads.

Event/miles:     I         II     III        IV     ttl miles   fee     places     cash     limit
Wm 1/2/Pro       10     60      13    72     155         $70     10         $499     80
Women 3           10     52.5  13    72     147.5      $70     10         $300     80
Women 4           10     37.5  13    48     108.5      $70     6           $200     50
Mst Wm 35+       10     45     13    48     116         $70     6          $200     50
Mst Wm 45+       10     45     13    48     116         $70     6          $200     50

Mst Wm 55+        10     37.5 13    48     108.5      $70     6          $150     50            

How to Enter:                                                                                                          

---via On-line at www.sportsbaseonline.com, from Tuesday March 8, 2011 7pm PST to May 8, 2011 for above fees plus on-line surcharge. From May 9-11 the fee on-line is $7 additional. No on-line entry after midnight PST Wednesday May 11. You’ll need to sign and date your entry form/release at race registration desk.

---By Mail: You may still enter by mail, but if a group is filling, go on-line. By mail, send standard USAC entry form/release along with fee above (if Postmarked by Friday May 6 to Velo Promo/Kern, 19780 Soulsbyville Road, Soulsbyville, CA 95372. For those postmarked after, add $7. Note: indicate what category you are entering on check or form. Entries for several races in one envelope ok, but be sure to list race names on the outside. Envelopes without names of races on the outside may go to the wrong race.

---At Race: You may enter at the race, provided your event is not filled, for the above listed fee plus $7.

2011 USAC license required (available at race). One day licenses are available only for Women 4 . Entry fees include $1 NCNCA and $3 USAC insurance surcharges. Numbers will be provided.

Credits: Credit for another VP race will be given if VP is notified by 5 pm Wednesday 5/11 that you can't compete. No credit issued if you plan to enter another race instead; no cash refunds. No substitutions for cancellations. Send e-mail for credit to velopromo@sportsbaseonline.com

Champion Discounts: Champions pay normal fees up front; Current Southern Cal/Nevada District Road Race Champions and National Road Champions will get a refund at the reg desk of all but $3 per day if 1) their entry is received by the deadline above (otherwise they pay full fee, including late fee) and 2) they ride in the category they won the championship in (Master Champions may ride down in age, and ride for $3, and Juniors may ride up. District jersey is not required

Rules/Notes: Neutral support volunteers needed; riders should bring wheels. Neutral water will be available in feed zones

Lodging/Race Headquarters: to be announced

More Information: (209) 533-4996 velopro1@sonnet.com www.velopromo.com

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