First, the race bizz:
Pre-registration for the 4th of July Criterium will close on 01 July 2009. That is just 7 short days away! Register for the race here: https://new.sportsbaseonline.com/events/index.xhtml?categoryId=7488  NOTE: Race-day registration, add $15. Reg early folks before it closesâ€¦makes it easier on your wallet and our reg staff come race day.
Highlights of the Davis 4th of July Criterium:
- Flat, Fast, Exciting Downtown Critâ€¦ â€¦this isnâ€™t your typical corporate park critâ€¦itâ€™s a 6-corner downtown classic (0.7 mile lap)â€¦the sidewalks will be packed with spectators and you will feel the buzz of excitement!
- All category place prizes given as cash (see flyer)
- Lots of fantastic prime prizesâ€¦
- Commemorative 33nd Annual 4th of July Criterium T-shirts.
- A participant in the Cycles Gladiator â€œUninhibited Racerâ€™ Series.
- Neutral wheel support for all races generously provided by Williams Wheels.
- Professional EMTs on hand for your safety and aid.
- Complimentary refreshments provided to all registered racers.
SOME VERY HOT PRIZES JUST ADDED! The winners of both the Menâ€™s Pro/1/2 and Womenâ€™s Pro/1/2/3 races will each be awarded (1) ticket to the 2009 US Bicycling Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony and Dinner on 07 November 2009. The ceremony will be held on the University of California, Davis Campus (Freeborn Hall). The tickets have been generously donated by the City of Davis (Davis, CA). This promises to be an event to remember, and there will be BIG names in attendance (past and present)!
Now, for the kidlets and the family! Itâ€™s the 4th of Julyâ€¦Independence Day! Bring the entire family and the dog, and enjoy the lively Davis community atmosphere and its many 4th of July activities. Big list belowâ€¦but keep reading if you have family coming along with yaâ€¦or are not brining family and just want to have fun!
For the kids:
â€¢ The Kiwanis Kiddie Parade. At 9:15 a.m., parade entrants will gather on C Street between First and Second Streets. Judging for awards will begin at 9:30 a.m. Scooters, bicycles, wagons, etc. will be judged based on creativity, patriotism and enthusiasm. At 10 a.m. the parade begins to march a couple of blocks to Central Park. The parade will end in the shaded sycamore grove, and refreshments will be provided. For more information, contact Heather Ringer (530) 400-8291 or Jerry Hallee (530) 848-5882.
â€¢ Kidâ€™s non-competitive fun ride! Starts at 11:50 amâ€¦Kids MUST have parents sign a waiver at the registration desk. All kids will receive a goodie bag full of cool stuff. Limited to 200 participants.
â€¢ The Community Pool will be open for free swimming between 1 and 5 p.m. Bring your swim suitsâ€¦a great way to keep everybody cool and happy!
So, the races are overâ€¦and you thought that was itâ€¦well, there is so much more!â€¦donâ€™t pack it up quite yetâ€¦.we invite you to stay in Davis for more celebrating that lasts into the night! We have secured special pricing for lodging at the Hallmark Inn in Davis (just one block from the race course; 110 F Street, Davis, 800-753-0035, http://www.hallmarkinn.com ). Mention â€˜4th of July Criteriumâ€™ when making reservations to get the discount. If you are racing at Leesville on Friday or just staying in Davis. The Bistro 33 has offered buy one get one meals the night prior to the 4th. Uncle Vitoâ€™s New York style Pizza will offer 1/2 price pizza by the slice.
Hereâ€™s a line up of the City of Davis events for the 4th of July. Info can be found at: http://www.city.davis.ca.us/pcs/events/july4.cfm 
â€¢ In Community Park, concessions and games will begin at 3 p.m. and will run until 9 p.m. A variety of nonprofit groups will sell soft drinks, hot dogs, beer, ice cream and snow cones.
â€¢ The main stage, north of the Davis High School tennis courts, will once again come alive with a variety of local, live entertainment. Beginning the show at 5:30 p.m. will be Duval-Speck, specializing in pop classics and current hits. The band is fronted by singer Cathy Speck and Linda Duval on guitar. Check em out!
The entertainment lineup in Community Park leading up to the fireworks includes:
5:50 â€“ 5:55 pm â€œPhilip Carusoâ€
5:59 â€“ 6:44 pm â€œThe Nickel Slotsâ€
6:59 â€“ 7:44 pm â€œDuval Speckâ€
7:44 â€“ 8:09 pm â€œSkyDance SkyDivingâ€
8:09 â€“ 8:32 pm â€œDavis Wakamatsu Taiko Drummersâ€
8:40 â€“ 9:22 pm â€œMusic Matt and the Whole 9 Yardsâ€
9:22 â€“ 9:26 pm Mayors Speech
9:26 â€“ 9:30 pm National Anthem: â€œMusic Mattâ€
â€¢ And the GRAND FINALE! At 9:30 p.m., the City of Davis will present its Aerial Fireworks Display!
All of these activities actually within walking distance of the Crit course!!!!
Looking forward to seeing you all in Davis on the 4th of July.
The DBC Race Team :lol: