|This year marks the 7th time for this event, growing larger each year. 2013 brought out over 1,000 racers in over 12 different race categories - the largest turn out to date for Dana Point. Racers included children to seasoned pros. This year included the U.S. current national champion, Ken Hanson of Team Optum Pro, and Canadian national champion, Ben Chaddock of Smartstop Pro Cycling p/b Mountain Khakis. USA Cycling has ranked this race with a Tier 1 classification, which only 10 out of the 25 races on the National Criterium calendar hold.
One person not racing at this event was Rahsaan Bahati, although there were many wearing "free Bahati" and "let Bahati race" t-shirts. Bahati was not allowed to race, per USA Cycling, after being cited for "crashing a fellow rider" at the L.A. Circuit Race last month.
The course is designed in an L-shape, favoring both criterium and track racers with this style. Sweeping down Pacific Coast Highway and through the neighborhood of Dana Point. Locals have been extremely supportive of this event since mayor, Steven Weinberg, thought up the idea of this event along with his friend, Roger Worthington. This year, the racing was combined with a Cinco de Mayo street festival, bringing out spectators of all ages to enjoy the festivities.
Along with providing great racing and entertainment, this race has become part of the Amgen Breakaway from Cancer series. Representing those affected by cancer was racer, Michael "MJ" Johnson of Team MRI. His father, a former marine and racer, passed away due to mesothelioma. MJ's mother, wife, and children were there to support him in this race