Chevron MB Grand Prix in its 57th year

Cyclists adapted to the sharp turn at 15th Street during last year’s course reversal at the Chevron Manhattan Beach Grand Prix. Photo

After reversing course direction last year, the Chevron Manhattan Beach Grand Prix is sticking with the change for the 57th annual race on Sunday, July 22 beginning at 7 a.m.

The 1.3-mile course begins across from Live Oak Park (1800 Valley Drive) and includes a tight opening turn at 15th Street before riders jockey for position.

Co-sponsored by the South Bay Wheelmen and founded by Ted Ernst in 1961, the event includes Men’s and Women’s Pro racers from across the United States beginning with the women’s competition at 1 p.m.

Defending champions include Cory Williams and Anita Stenberg, who won the Men’s Pro 1-2 and Women’s Pro 1-3 events, respectively.

The event begins with the Cat 4 race followed by the 50/60+ 1-4, Male 35+ ¾, Junior 15-19 1-4 and Men’s Cat 3 divisions.

The popular Community Kids races take place at 12 p.m. with every entrant receiving a T-shirt. Boys and girls ages 6-12 compete with two-wheel bikes in the 300-meter race.

Younger riders ages 2-6 (tricycles and small bikes – training wheels approved) line up at noon at the crosswalk just south of the Start-Finish structure for the 50-meter race.


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