VACAVILLE — For Adrian Chow, he will probably remember his second cycling race for the rest of his life. Chow placed first in Category 5 of the Vacaville Gran-Prix Sunday.
Chow took third place in his first race a few weeks ago and was looking forward to the Vacaville Gran-Prix.
“I enjoy the fast pace (of competition),” said Chow. ”In Category 5 you have access to a cycling mentor who helps you understand how to handle the course.”
“Category 5 is reserved for entry-level cyclists wishing to become more involved with the sport of cycling,” said Barry Orlando, chief referee for Sunday’s activities. “They (Category 5 participants) also must participate in 10 races and gain in-field practice before moving up to category four.”
Located in downtown Vacaville, the course was a 1.1 mile loop that spanned Main, Dobbins, Merchant, Parker and McClellan streets, and Monte Vista Avenue.
Local children also competed in a separate race. Youngsters began two blocks before the finish line at Town Market, peddling furiously. One child even raced with training wheels.
The older children were allowed to complete a full lap of the course.
Other races included the men’s Category 4, Category 3 and the Category 1/2/pro race.
“Our racers in the one/two/pro race are very experienced,” said Orlando, before adding with a laugh, “They have someone taking care of them so they can train full-time.”
During the Category 5 race, Orlando made the decision to pull racers who lagged behind the main group of cyclists.
“With five laps to go, the ones behind have no chance of catching up, so it’s a safety issue,” said Orlando. ”Especially with the final sprint lap where everyone is tired and may not be seeing straight.”
Orlando also said that participation in Category 5 races is never a problem. “Outside of New York, Northern California is the second-highest licensed (cycling) district in the United States.”
Chow hopes to try another race in a few weeks and even join a team next season.
“I enjoyed the atmosphere (of the race),” Chow said. “More importantly, no one crashed.”
The Vacaville Gran-Prix is part of the 2013 California Cup.
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