in his off time is one secret to Temecula-area California Highway Patrol Capt. Ernie
Sanchez’s success in managing day-to-day operations across southwest
11-year Murrieta resident—who serves as race director for Tour de
Murrieta and more recently had a role in bringing Stage 2 of the Amgen
Tour of California to town—has found that the sport keeps him physically fit and mentally sharp.
Sanchez has taken his passion for cycling a step further by partnering
with three other local residents to open Stage 2 Cyclery.
were all crazy enough to say ‘Let’s do it,’” said Sanchez, whose
partners include a dentist, a retired firefighter and a bicycle wheel
months later, their doors are set to open at 24837 Jefferson Ave.,
Suite 211, at the southwest corner of Juniper Street not far from Town
“It is a premier retail location,” Sanchez said. “Tour de Murrieta happens here, Stage 2 happened here.”
public is invited to help celebrate the grand opening of Stage 2
Cyclery during a social from 2 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday, June
1. There will be free T-shirts, energy drinks and appetizers.
so, Sanchez said the shop meets a need for local cyclists of all ages and levels.
Stage 2 carries a range of bikes, from those with training wheels to BMX
and beach cruisers, mountain bikes and top-of-the-line road bikes.
shop will also serve as a starting point for road rides every Saturday
morning from Murrieta to Hemet and back. Sanchez invited cyclists of all
levels to give the 53-mile ride a try, noting it is mostly flat terrain
and that riders are welcome to turn around at any point.
will open early on Saturdays, for those people who get up early and
find out they have a flat tire but still want to get a ride in and need
to get to a bike shop,” Sanchez said.
addition to offering bike maintenance—Stage 2 purchased its tools from I.E. Bikes when the long-time Murrieta shop closed because its owner took a job out of state—there is cycling apparel,
nutrition items, helmets and other related merchandise available for
“Our slogan is ‘Service, Fitness, Nutrition,’ but we start with service first,” Sanchez said.