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Kudos to Classic supporters

LETTER TO THE SPORTS EDITOR:

February 26, 2010|By BRIAN MCNEECE, TONY DARR, Imperial Valley Velo Club

The fifth annual Imperial Bicycle Classic was a great success with 358 racers. We offer our immense gratitude to all the sponsors and volunteers who made this event possible.

The city of Imperial has established a unique, welcoming arena for cyclists of all abilities to test their skills on a fast, safe, residential course. Thanks to the city of Imperial, Physical Rehabilitation Network, Tile Maintenance Co. and Rabobank.

Also thanks to Lidco, Hutchinson and Bloodgood, ARC, Alford Distributing, Sun Community, Duggins Construction, IID, Finish Line Pro Bike Shop, Dr. Dodson Creighton, Derma’s Floor Coverings, Dennis Morita, Matt Littrell, George Woo CPA, Steve Escalera, Christopher Wright, Carlos Acuña, Community Valley Bank, Claypool Distributing, Acme Safety, Granite Construction, Border Tactical, Starbucks, Tia Juana Taqueria, Sam Ellis Store and Johnny’s Burritos.

Local farmers donated 60 boxes of produce which made our race unique in all of the state. Special thanks to Namath Haller and Sunterra Farms, Grimmway Farms, Altar Produce, Schaffner Produce, Spruce Farms, and 5 Crown Produce.

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Without volunteers for setup, registration, security and cleanup the Imperial Valley Velo Club could not offer this event. We’d like to thank cyclists Robert Perez, Kenny Caldera, Benny Ordona, Jerry and Mo Swartfager, Angie McNeece, David “Smitty” Smith, Jim Corriere, Brian Cannon, Janet and Larry Cowne, Ray Soto, Mark Holloway, Jesse Zermeño, Ken Claverie, Orlando and Janette Johnson, Debi and Doug Roman.

Community members who pitched in were Stan Armstrong, Ruby and Jonathon Palomino, Barbie McAndrews, Diana Peacher, Stella Mendoza, Arlyn Duvall, Randy and Alicia Miles, Ron and Aaron Childers, David Dunham, Doug Fulp, Lupe Obeso, Robert Brown, Cheryl Bogue, Imperial Interact Club, Amy Queen and the Border Patrol Explorer Unit.

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