Chico Stage Race draws professional cyclists

Feb 25, 2015 4:41 PM by Linda Watkins-Bennett

The Chico Stage Race returns to town for a 5th year Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

The race has become one of Northern California's biggest Pro/Am cycling events. Last year it drew more than 450 professional, elite and amateur cyclists from across the U.S., Canada, Mexico and south America. Some of the riders will also compete in the 2015 Amgen Tour of California.

Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. is the sponsor of the event this year.

The Professional Men's and Women's races kick off Friday with a 54 mile circuit race on a 3 mile track at Thunderhill Raceway in Willows. On Saturday, they will compete in the Paskenta Hills RR, a 90 mile road race that includes two 4 mile sections of dirt road in Tehama County.

Sunday features a 10 mile individual time trial on Chico River Road, and races through the streets of Downtown Chico. Thousands of athletes and competitors will enjoy the races Downtown, along with music, a free kid's race at noon, and a Burger and Beer Garden.

A report by Chabin Concepts for the Chico Chamber of Commerce shows an economic impact to the city of $471,291.00. That represents visitor spending, as well as increased business for local suppliers and the hospitality industry.

The race is organized by the Chico Corsa Cycling Club. To learn more visit or call (916) 612-0810.


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