Pasadena, Calif. - The Fly V Australia professional cycling team is giving fans the opportunity to ride along Saturday as it tackles the route of a stage of this year's Amgen Tour of California.
Saturday's ride leaves from the Velo Pasadena bicycle shop at 2562 East Colorado Boulevard in Pasadena, Calif., at 10 a.m. Velo Pasadena is owned by former professional and Armenian national champion Hrach Gevrikyan.
"It's great to have Fly V Australia out to do this kind of stuff that we do a lot of," Gevrikyan said. "We'll accommodate the guys who are here to hammer, as well as the Average Joes, too."
The Fly V Australia roster consists of 10 Australians, two South Africans and one rider each from the United States, Canada and Italy. The second-year continental team is holding its training camp in Agoura Hills, Calif., this week. Saturday's ride will serve as a reconnaissance of sorts for the team, which hopes to receive a berth in this year's Amgen Tour of California.
"Cycling is about community and the professional cycling arena is the streets and neighborhoods of Main Street," Fly V Australia Team Owner Chris White said. "As athletes, we appreciate the support and enthusiasm of our followers and fellow enthusiasts, and enjoy the opportunity to share the fun and passion of riding with local riders in their community."
Velo Pasadena is one of the top dealers for De Rosa bicycles, which the Fly V Australia team will race on throughout the 2010 season. "We are privileged to be racing one of the best bikes ever made," White said. "So it's a great opportunity to share our experiences of success on the racing circuit with the dealers and consumers who have the opportunity to ride the same bikes we race."
Saturday's ride leaves Velo Pasadena at 10 a.m. and heads on Angeles Crest Highway toward Cloud Burst Summit, returning to Pasadena with a total distance of about 81 miles (130 km). Fans are welcome to join the team for all or part of the ride, or welcome to stop by the bicycle shop to meet the team before the ride begins.
In 2009, Fly V Australia won 94 races, including its first and last events in both Australia and the United States.