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It was one of the hardest decisions of his life, but an emotional Doug Fluetsch announced Friday the end of the Merco Credit Cycling Classic a 20-year community tradition for Merced. Fluetsch, the race's founder and event director, cited several
It's one of the most economically and culturally significant events in the area, said Doug Fluetsch, the Merced native who started the races in 2003 at the request of the city. "Originally it was my way to stay involved with the sport," said the
While Mercy Medical Center didn't exactly swoop in with an 11th-hour save, Merco Cycling Classic founder Doug Fluetsch's sponsorship shortfall had him contemplating a mental obituary. Founding race sponsor McLane Pacific and Fluetsch went their
Sun-Star correspondent Fishing trips, help with homework or going out for ice cream -- there are many reasons a child may think his dad is the best in the world. Over the next few months, children throughout Merced County have the opportunity to
But it seemed like a vastly scaled-down event or cancellation were Fluetsch's only options when long-time sponsor McLane Pacific informed him it wouldn't be participating this year. "The one thing we always agreed upon with the race is we don't ever
Weston win women's Downtown Grand Prix History wasn't on Susan Weston's mind as she hopped on her bike and rode down to Courthouse Square last Saturday...Not one for self promotion, Weston kept her appearance in the race close to the vest, with only
Starnes flies into lead Fun begins today with Downtown Grand Prix Alison Starnes sees the big picture...Cycling Classic title is there for her and her teammates to win. Still, if Friday afternoon's Stage 2 Time Trial presented Starnes an opportunity
Race founder Doug Fluetsch has routinely produced a fun, professional event whose participants habitually return every spring. Cycling Classic, which begins today with the new Lake McClure Road Race. Riding begins at 10 a.m. on Lake McClure Road. "
The Bissell Pro Cycling Team rider frequented the Snelling foothills on more than one occasion and knew they were prime for a major competition. Aside from the beginning blooms of spring providing a breathtaking backdrop, Jacques-Maynes felt the area'
This time, they'll have to deal with the summer's sweltering heat. For the first time in nearly two decades, competitive cycling will make a July appearance in Merced County with the Big Creek Lumber Criterium at Castle Commerce Center on Monday