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Alpenrose Challenge due July 7-9

Pan-Am gold medalist Stephen Alfred to headline at the Velodrome

PORTLAND - The Alpenrose Challenge will bring the fastest track bike racers in North America to the steep banks of the Alpenrose Velodrome July 7-9.

Competitors will battle in Elite Men, Elite Women and Masters categories in a variety of race formats, all in pursuit of the largest prize list track race in the country with a $12,000 purse.

Headlining the entry list is Pan-Am Games Gold Medallist Stephen Alfred, a native of Trinidad who is now a U.S. citizen. Alfred holds the Alpenrose single flying-lap record at 15.10 seconds. Other top riders expected to compete are Anne-Brit Erickson, from Calgary (the Canadian National sprint champion) and Becky Quinn, from Carlsbad, Calif. (a former U.S. National champion and member of the U.S. Olympic team).

'The Alpenrose Challenge is without question one of the premier track races anywhere,' said Race Director and event founder Mike Murray. 'Eight years ago, we wanted to create a local event that featured national and international caliber riders and would showcase ... bicycle track racing. And we succeeded. The event put Alpenrose on the map for the top riders and local spectators.'

The Alpenrose Challenge will offer a 4K Pursuit, 500-meter and 1-kilometer Time Trials, Sprints, Miss and Out, Keirin, Madison, Flying Lap, 10-mile, and Olympic Sprint events. A complete description of all track races at the Alpenrose Challenge can be found at www.alpenrosechallenge.com.

Two sessions of racing are scheduled for July 7, beginning at 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. On July 8, two more sessions are set at 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. On July 9, the final two sessions take place at 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.

For more information, contact Mike Murray, at 503-661-5874 or mike.murray@ obra.org, or visit www.alpenrosechallenge.com.