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ORANGE COUNTY ON THE GO | RECREATION NOTES

Athletes to Go to Extremes in Edison Field Parking Lot

March 23, 2001

Local extreme sports fans, accustomed to getting their viewing fix on cable television, will have a chance for first-person looks at ESPN's B3 (Bikes, Boards and Blades) event today through Sunday in the Edison Field parking lot.

The competitions in bicycle stunt, skateboarding and aggressive in-line skating will pit some of the world's top action sports professionals, vying for invitations to August's X Games in Philadelphia.

Among the athletes expected to compete are Dave Mirra, Ryan Nyquist, Bucky Lasek, Bob Burnquist, Jay Miron and Mat Hoffman.

Local athletes include in-line skater Mike Budnik of Irvine; street/park skateboarders Pat Channita of Garden Grove, Dan Pageau of Huntington Beach and Brian Patch of Westminster and stunt bikers Gabe Weed of Huntington Beach, Allan Cooke of Huntington Beach, Troy McMurray of Huntington Beach and Rick Thorne of Orange.

The schedule:

TODAY

Bicycle Stunt Vert practice, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.

Bicycle Stunt Vert preliminaries, 3-5 p.m.

Bicycle Stunt Flatland practice, 1-5 p.m.

Bicycle Stunt Flatland preliminaries, 5-6:30 p.m.

Bicycle Stunt Park practice, 5-6:45 p.m.

Skateboarding Park practice, 11 a.m.-2 p.m.

Skateboarding Park preliminaries, 2-5 p.m.

Aggressive In-line Vert practice, 10 a.m.-1 p.m.

Aggressive In-line Vert preliminaries, 1-3 p.m.

Aggressive In-line Vert practice, 4-5 p.m.

Aggressive In-line Vert finals, 5-6 p.m.

SATURDAY

Bicycle Stunt Vert practice, 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m.

Bicycle Stunt Vert final, 2 p.m.-3:30 p.m.

Bicycle Stunt Flatland practice, 10 a.m.-noon

Bicycle Stunt Flatland final, noon-1 p.m.

Bicycle Stunt Park practice, 5:30 p.m.-6:45 p.m.

Skateboarding Vert practice, 1:30 p.m.-6:30 p.m.

Skateboarding Park practice, 3-4:30 p.m.

Skateboarding Park final, 4:30-5:30 p.m.

Aggressive In-line Park practice, 10 a.m.-1 p.m.

Aggressive In-line Park preliminaries, 1-3 p.m.

SUNDAY

Bicycle Stunt Park practice, 1-3 p.m.

Bicycle Stunt Park preliminaries, 3-5 p.m.

Bicycle Stunt Park practice, 5-5:30 p.m.

Bicycle Stunt Park final, 5:30-6:30 p.m.

Skateboarding Vert practice, 10 a.m.-noon

Skateboarding Vert preliminaries, noon-3 p.m.

Skateboarding Vert final, 3-4:30 p.m.

Aggressive In-line Park practice, 10-11:30 a.m.

Aggressive In-line Park final, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.

CALENDAR OF EVENTS

BICYCLING

Saturdays

* Orange Coast Velo cycling club meets at Worthy Park, 17th and Main in Huntington Beach. Rides vary from 25 to 50-plus miles and begin at 7:30 a.m. with periodic regrouping and rest stops. After-ride socializing at Noah's Bagels on Main Street. For further information call Jerry, (714) 960-4214 or Peter (714) 848-7618.

* Orange County Wheelmen training, 7 a.m., Food Park, MacArthur and Main, Irvine. Beginner and intermediate training group will ride and stay as a group. Informal lectures will cover stretching, nutrition and hill climbing. Led by Fred and Peg Bauer, (714) 997-0892.

* Bicycle Club of Irvine rides, 9 a.m., meet at Deerfield Park, Irvine. Three routes, 10-15, 15-25 and 25-35 miles, each with a stop midway for breakfast. Rides finish at about 11:30 a.m. Ride leaders Scott and Sandy Angle, (714) 960-4068.

* Velo Allegro Cycling Club meets at 8 a.m. at Long Beach Marina off Second Street for 24-mile ride at 14- to 18-mph pace. Those with paceline experience meet at 7:30 a.m. for warmup and speed training of up to 50 miles. Details: Julio, (562) 988-8117.

RUNNING

April 1

* Carlsbad 5000, which bills itself at the world's fastest invitational 5K road race, also offers a series of "People's Races." The event is expected to attract 15,000 runners and 50,000 spectators. Details: (858) 450-6510 or http://www.eliteracing.com

April 7

* Seal Beach 10K and 5K starts and finishes at the Seal Beach Pier. Details: (562) 431-2527

April 21

* Earth Week Run in Placentia has 8K and 5K courses and kids 1K fun run. Details: (714) 993-8232

April 29

* Silky Sullivan's Run for the Roses 5K starts and finishes in Mile Square Park in Fountain Valley. Details: (714) 847-8171

* Around the Bay for World No Tobacco Day 5K, 10-mile runs. Courses are around Upper Newport Bay. Start/finish at Newport Dunes. Details: (714) 541-1444

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