Ride with Rabobank’s Cycling Team’s Lars Boom and Tom Leezer
Ghost Tree Racing Team To Co-Host Twilight Ride

May 12 is the date that recreational and racing cyclists will not only get to experience the thrill of riding Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, but will share the track with Rabobank’s Cycling Team’s 11-time Dutch national cycling champion Lars Boom and teammate Tom Leezer.

The Ghost Tree Racing Team is hosting the Twilight Cycling ride on Wednesday, May 12 from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. The cost is $10 per rider. The Twilight Rides are informal and the 2.238-mile track will be open to all levels of cyclists, including a one-lap kids race at 6:00 p.m.  The ‘A’ race (Pro Cat1/2/3) will start at 6:20 p.m. and the ‘B’ race (Cat 4/5) will start at 6:22 p.m. Both the ‘A’ and ‘B’ races will be seven laps.

The Twilight Ride is part of the 16th annual Monterey County Bike Week which is May 10 -16, 2010. The goal of bike week is to promote bicycling as a healthy transportation alternative that reduces traffic and air pollution. For more information Monterey County Bike Week, please visit http://www.tamcmonterey.org/bikeweek.

Attending and riding will be Rabobank’s own Lars Boom. He is the 2008 World Cyclocross Champion, the 2009 winner of the Tour of Belgium and a winner of the Paris-Nice Prologue in 2010. Boom is also an 11-time Dutch national cycling champion in cyclocross and road events. He will be one of Rabobank’s riders in the upcoming Tour of California.

Rabobank’s Tom Leezer will be joining Boom on track. Leezer is also from the Netherlands and has won the Under-19 and Under-23 Dutch National Championships. Both riders will ride  in the ‘A’ race within the Twilight Ride on May 12 at 6:15 p.m. 

Boom and Leezer will be joined by Rabobank team consultants and former cyclists Hennie Kuiper and Pedro Horrillo. Kuiper ranks among the top 50 greatest riders in the history of cycling, and is one of only three riders ever to win both gold at the Olympic Road Race (Munich 1972) and the World Professional road race (1975 Champion). He won four of the five “Monument” classics (Milan-San Remo, Tour of Belgium, Paris-Roubaix, and Giro d’Italy;  he finished second in Liege-Bastogne). He rode the Tour de France 12 times, twice finishing in second place and twice winning the famously difficult mountain stage to Alpe d’Huez. Kuiper helped guide Lance Armstrong in the mid-1990s as the Assistant Manager of the American Motorola Cycling Team. 

Horillo was a professional cyclist for eleven years, riding with Vitalicio Seguros, Mapei-Quick Step, Quick Step-Davitamon, and finally the Rabobank Cycling Team from 2005 to 2009. His professional career ended after a life-threatening crash over a 60-meter ravine at the 2009 Tour of Italy. He now works with the Rabobank team and, with Kuiper, will be active in Rabobank’s marketing and press outreach during the Tour of California. Both Horillo and Kuiper will ride in the ‘B’ race that evening. 

The remaining Twilight Rides for 2010 include “Pedal Power” on May 19 with the race car drivers of the American Le Mans Series, June 16, July 21 with the MotoGP/AMA professional motorcycle riders of the Red Bull U.S. Grand Prix, August 10 (during the Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion), September 15, October 20, November 17 and December 15.

Ghost Tree Racing is a recreational cycling club that promotes cycling fitness, racing and safety on the Monterey peninsula. Based in Pebble Beach, GTR hosts weekly rides and promotes the the Pacific Grove Butterfly Criterium Presented by AT&T.