Cycling enthusiasts in the Turlock area, save the date. This Saturday, March 29, marks the annual, all-day Turlock Lake Road Race.
The course itself is a 26.75 mile loop of country roads northeast of Turlock. The race departs
from the Turlock Lake State Recreation Area and has many small to rolling hills throughout the course. The pavement goes from excellent to fair with a few potholes.
John Gerling, Treasurer and Event Organizer for Ciclistas del Valle, promised an impressive turnout. Whereas 2011 saw nearly 400 participants, Gerling projects that this year will have almost 500. So far, only 320 cyclists have registered, but he said that there’s often a last-minute rush of registrants.
The event will last the entire day, with the first races starting at 8 a.m. Gerling explained that there are two waves of races – one in the morning and one in the afternoon. Each wave will have six different fields of races at a time, with the fields starting at six-minute intervals. The second wave will start at noon.
There are usually a hundred or so spectators, as the event is held at the Turlock Lake park. Refreshments will not be provided, but there will be a taco truck located across the street for hungry visitors.
The race will be located at Turlock Lake, 22600 Lake Rd. in La Grange. The loop will be comprised of Lake Road, Los Cerritos Road, Keyes Road and Hawkins Road with the finish at the top of the hill at Turlock Lake State Recreation Area.
For more information, contact John Gerling at 209-603-9478 or visit www.fsbcyclingteam.com.