For over 38 years, the Manhattan Beach Grand Prix has served California’s bicycling community by continuing to hold the renowned criterion that winds its way through the streets of the Los Angeles county beach town. With the largest cash purse of any similar event, the competition was fierce.
Participants in the Mens 55+ category 1-3 (above) set the tone on the early Sunday morning with a mix of sounds somewhere between high school wrestling match and industrial machine shop, drawing in customers from the surrounding coffee shops to watch the cyclists whip through the course set around Live Oak Park in the city center. The momentum continued with the Master’s 40+.
It was a double win for the Surf City Cyclery team with Gregory Romero from Del Mar taking first, and Charon Smith from Signal Hill coming in a very close second. The Men’s Pro category finished with a four man breakaway and Australian native, Hilton Lake took the highest spot on the podium for his triumphant finish. For the Women’s pro race, the peloton held together until the decisive moment of Milwaukee, Wisconsin Samantha Schneider. She gave it everything she had and took the line first, narrowly beating Tina Pic of Bountiful, UT.
The significance and reputation of the Manhattan Beach Grand Prix becomes quite clear with competitors from all across the United States and overseas, descending on the 3 mile course one Sunday every year in June for this professional/ amateur competition. The Manhattan Beach Grand Prix upheld its long standing reputation for assembling some of the best cycling talent on the West coast for this momentous event. We’ll see you there next year.