The Pacific Grove Butterfly Criterium

June 6th, 2010 - Completed and was a huge success! Thanks for all that volunteered and participated.

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Presented by
The Pacific Grove Chamber of Commerce and the Ghost Tree Racing and VOS Racing Teams

A popular National Prestige Classic bicycle race of the 1970ʼs, the Butterfly Criterium made its return to the picturesque town of Pacific Grove, California in 2009. The event was a success for the Central and Northern California cycling community and the town of Pacific Grove. The race provides a great weekend of
racing and relaxation on the beautiful Monterey Peninsula.

The race returns bigger and better in 2010. In addition to the regular categories of male racing, the Butterfly Criterium will be a Northern California Women's Racing Series event providing women a greater number of classes and strong purses to help promote women's cycling and racing in Northern California.

The popular kids race for children 10-and-under returns, with medals and MY Museum passes (click to view) for participants (subject to availability)

Bare Nutrition

Bay Area Women's Cycling

Vendor Opportunities
2010 PG Butterfly Criterium Local Sponsorship

Volunteer Opportunities
Contact Franz

Course: The .7-mile course circulates the heart of downtown Pacific Grove. Pro Men averaged 28-mph laps in 2009. The race starts on Lighthouse Avenue, heading west on a slight downhill for a right turn around the Pacific Grove Post Office, then a big downhill sweeper delivering riders to Central Avenue and the Centrella Straight. Racers follow Central past historic Chatauqua Hall, the Pacific Grove Chamber of Commerce, the PG Museum and Library before turning right on Fountain and up the short Kidwell's Climb. A right back onto Lighthouse takes riders up a 300-meter long, slight incline to the finish.


Race day registration, add $10.00. Second race, $15.00. Day-of-race registration opens at 6:00 am at the intersection of Lighthouse and 16th in downtown Pacific Grove, and closes one hour prior to the start of each race. All entries include NCNCA surcharges, USA Cycling insurance and online registration fees. Unattached rider fees waived. 2010 USCF license required except for kids (available at race). One-day licenses are available for Cat 5 men and Cat 4 women only. Helmet required at all times at race site. Held under USA Cycling Permit. No refunds. Race organizers
reserve the right to cancel or combine races.

Directions: From San Francisco/San Jose, take 101 South to 156 West to Route 1 South. Exit Del Monte Exit 402 B toward Pacific Grove. Del Monte (stay right) becomes Lighthouse after the tunnel. Cross David and turn left on Eardley. Through two stop signs, up the hill and right on Pine Avenue. Find parking on Pine Avenue around Forrest Avenue (Pine venue parallels Lighthouse Avenue and the race course which is 2 blocks north). From Southern California, take 101 North to 68 West to 1 South. Exit 399A off of Route 1 to 68 West towards Pacific Grove/Pebble Beach. Turn right at light onto Route 68 W. Stay on 68 down the hill, staying straight until 68 turns
into Forrest. Take Forrest to Pine Avenue and turn right or left for parking (race course is 2 blocks north of Pine Avenue).

Team Parking: Team parking is available for for team vehicles. Teams can erect a 10x10 awning and use this area adjacent to the course for warm-up, pits and viewing. Team Parking spots are $50 per vehicle on Lighthouse between Grand and Fountain and also between 17th and Park.

Where to stay: Hotels and special rates are available through the Pacific Grove Chamber of Commerce:

Prizes: $5,350 in cash plus merchandise and medals.

Rules: Free lap rule applies; lapped riders may not sprint for primes and may be pulled; races held rain or shine; course closed to traffic.

Commemorative Race T-shirts: Dress for Change, a local Pacific Grove sustainable business and the official clothing sponsor, will offer commemorative Butterfly Criterium T-Shirts made from organic cotton at the event and at

Further information: For more information, please email Andy Leisner of GTR or Gordon Martine of VOS.

2010 AT&T Pacific Grove Butterfly Criterium Flyer (Printable PDF)

Photos © 2010


2009 Butterfly Criterium Sponsors and Results

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