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Bikers race in Grand Prix in downtown Oakland

on September 24, 2012

Cycling enthusiasts gathered downtown on Sunday for the Oakland Grand Prix Bike Race. 305 cyclists of all ages competed in 10 events, slicing through the streets surrounding the Kaiser Center. The .85 mile course traced a figure eight through Webster, Franklin and Harrison Streets.

The Grand Prix, organized by Velo Promo, drew riders from across Northern California. “The vast majority of participants are from the Bay Area, though we do have riders from L.A. and Oregon,” Robert Leibold, Owner of Velo Promo, said. “It’s a good race with good people.”

Sonja Klein, of Oakland, raced on Sunday afternoon. She said she races twice a month, and was drawn to the Grand Prix by “the thrill of competition and love of biking.” She was excited to see the Grand Prix in her hometown. “Any time it’s in Oakland I’m totally going to support it.”

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