Early Bird(in Patterson)


Presented by Velo Promo and Golden Chain Cyclists

Held Under USAC Rules and Permit

Date: Saturday January 18, 2014


Note:  Starts may be delayed 2 hours if substantial ice is found on the lower portion of the course (below Del Puerto Park)


Location: Patterson, Stanislaus County CA                   

Registration: Opens at 7:00  a.m. at BEST WESTERN PLUS Villa Del Lago Inn

 outside of Patterson CA. Opens at 7 a.m. and closes at 8:00 for all. Park only on street, not in Inn parking lot.  Same place as 2003-2013.

Directions: From Hwy 5 south of Tracy, take the Sperry Avenue (J-17) exit in Patterson. Head east on Sperry one block and north (left) at the signal at Rogers, then right on Speno to registration at the Best Western Villa del Lago Inn.

Course: 42 mile out & back race (22 miles out, 20 back) starting at the Inn and ending on Del Puerto Canyon road 1 1/2 miles west of Hwy 5. The entire race is on Sperry and Del Puerto Canyon, with the turn around at the Santa Clara County line. Del Puerto is one long (and steep near the top) climb to the turn-around, then back, finish is after a short climb. Some narrow roadways, a few sharp downhill turns on the return. Often rocks in  roadway. Can be icy: pay attention to warning signs/cones and shady areas. Foggy start area; usually clear up the canyon.

Events              miles laps   places    value      fee          start          limit

Cat. 1/2/Pro      42      1        6             0             $20         8:00           50                         

Category. 3       42      1        6             0             $20         8:05           50

Category 4        42      1        6             0             $20         8:10           50

Category 5        42      1        6             0             $20         8:15           50

Women 1/2/Pro  42     1        6             0             $20         8:20           50

Master 35+ 1/2/3 42    1        6             0             $20         8:25           50                    

Master 35+ 4     42      1        6             0             $20         8:30           50

Master 35+ 5     42      1        6             0             $20         8:35           50

Women 3          42      1        6             0             $20         8:40           50

Women 4          42      1        6             0             $20         8:45           50

Junior 17-18      42      1        6             0             $20         8:50           50

Master 45+1/2/3 42     1        6             0             $20         8:55           50

Mast 45+ 4/5*    42      1        6             0             $20         9:00           50

Msat 55+          42      1        6             0             $20         9:05           50

   *separated if large enough group

   Groups may be combined if few riders; second groups may be added if needed

Prizes: None

How to Enter:

          ---via On-line at www.BikeReg.com from now to January 15  for $20 plus on-line surcharge. No late fees. No on-line entry after midnight PST Wednesday Jan 15.  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 $20 to Velo Promo/Early Bird RR, 19780 Soulsbyville Road, Soulsbyville, CA 95372. 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 $20, no late fee.

          2014 USAC license required (available at race). One day licenses are available only for Cat 5, Master 5 or 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 at tech@bikereg.com by 5 pm Wednesday 1/15 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  tech@bikereg.com

Champion Discounts: Champions pay normal fees up front; Current NorCal/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: Follow vehicles only as permitted by Chief Ref. (Volunteers to be neutral vehicles welcome!! – but check with us at least 1 week before race day to register your vehicle with the USAC insurance)

Notes: Very limited dirt/mud Parking allowed in the finish area, park all the way off the pavement. This is an open road course; there is other traffic on the roadway; always be aware of it and be prepared to slow and/or maneuver; warn riders behind you of hazards. There may be ice and/or rocks on the course.

Host Hotel:  Best Western Vista Del Lago Inn, (209) 892-5300; ask for corporate rate for Velo Promo event. This is registration and start line location. Several restaurants and gas stations next door.

Future VP Races:  Cantua Road Race 2/15; Pine Flat RR 2/16; Dinuba Crit 2/17; Snelling RR 2/22; Merced Crit 2/23.
Further Information: Available at (209) 533-4996  or at