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Roseville speedway gears up for cycling race

Regional team to hold inaugural Placer Valley GranPrix Criterium
By: Bill Poindexter/Roseville Press Tribune Sports Editor
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LeadOut Racing, a cycling team headquartered at a house in El Dorado Hills, is about to put All American Speedway to use in a much different way.

The first Placer Valley GranPrix Criterium will be held Sunday, Sept. 30, at the racetrack on the Placer County Fairgrounds in Roseville.

The event is the brainchild of John Novikoff, a Rocklin resident who serves as vice president of LeadOut Racing, a new team that was formed last year. Teams flying the USA Cycling banner are required to hold an event each year to maintain their status.

LeadOut Racing has members throughout Placer County, and Novikoff said the team was “looking to make an impact locally.”

Novikoff noted races often are held in parks or undeveloped areas with roads.

“We wanted to find a unique venue,” he said Tuesday. “We got introduced to the fairgrounds.”

Fairgrounds CEO John Javidan said a collaborative effort between Novikoff, Placer Valley Tourism and fairgrounds officials made it come together.

“It’s exciting to try something new out there, and for one, the criterium sounds like a lot of fun,” Javidan said. “I can’t wait to watch it.”

The start/finish line for the criterium will be the same one used for weekly auto racing at the track. The one-mile course will exit the track in turn two, make a sharp right through the pits and turn left onto All America City Boulevard. The course hangs another left onto Washington Boulevard and proceeds to Corporation Yard Road, where it hooks left and back through the pits before making two more right turns up the onramp in the backstretch and back onto the speedway.

Each race will be timed — from 25 minutes to an hour, depending on which of 12 classes is on the track.

“It’s like a chess game. There are those who go out in front and those who conserve energy,” Novikoff said. “As a spectator sport, it’s fantastic. You see the changes in the race, and you see (the riders) every couple of minutes.”

The event is expected to draw from 400 to 500 cyclists, from beginners to pros.

“We’re pretty excited about it,” Novikoff said. “We’ll see a lot of domestic local professionals, from the Bay Area to Nevada.”

Now that he has worked out everything from insurance to the podium girls, Novikoff would like to make the criterium an annual event covering a weekend.

Said Novikoff, “I’d love to see it go.”

PLACER VALLEY GRANPRIX CRITERIUM

When/Where: Sept. 30 at All American Speedway, 800 All America City Blvd., Roseville.

Cyclist fees: $28 for each race except juniors ($15) and kids (free).

Purse: $1,900 in cash and merchandise.

Race schedule: Elite Men 5, 8 a.m.; Elite Men 4, 8:45; Men’s 35 + 5, 9:35; Men 35 + 3/4, 10:20; Kids 5 and under/6-9, 11:10; Elite Women’s 4, 11:30; Juniors 10-16, 12:10 p.m.; 45 + 1/2/3, 12:45; Elite 3, 1:40; 35 + 1/2/3, 2:35; Elite Women 1/2/3, 3:35; Pro 1/2, 4:35.

Spectator fee: Free. Parking is $5.

Information: www.leadoutracing.com.

Contact Bill Poindexter at billp@goldcountrymedia.com. Follow him on Twitter at BillP_RsvPT.