Known as «America’s Queen of the Classics,» the professional/amateur bicycle race draws thousands of cyclists to compete on an arduous, 62 mile course through rolling terrain on dirt and paved surfaces. Over 2,500 amateur and professional cyclists competed last year. LeMond and Humphreys will appear at Battenkill Books at 15 East Main St.
This year’s professional race is once again sanctioned by the Union Cycliste Internationale, the sport’s top governing body, and is part of the Great American Cycling Series. Professionals do two laps for a 124 mile total distance, and 29 teams are expected to compete.
Race organizer Dieter Drake said this year’s scheduling and layout was «not unlike» in 2009, when the event took place over two days on one weekend, and featured thrilling finishes along Main Street. cheap nfl jerseys In total, 40 amateur races are scheduled through the day Saturday, April 14, while the professional invitational will be held Sunday, April 15.
Last year, cyclists crossed the finish line on Broad Street to minimize road closures, but Drake said there was «some disappointment» with that layout, with organizers receiving feedback that it was not as exciting a finish for spectators.
Awards, live entertainment, and the race expo are ongoing during the event at Railroad Park on Broad Street. «One of the most epic» viewing spots along the course is Meeting House Road in Easton, and Juniper Swamp Road in Salem also provides for good viewing.
Dieter said cyclists had been performing outreach at area schools in the weeks leading up to the big event. Various tertiary events are also held throughout the weekend. The awards ceremony will follow shortly after in front of the Cambridge Hotel.