Cycling Classic returns to the Southwest this weekend
The 2011 Innovation Credit Union Cycling Classic will hit the pavement this weekend in the Southwest for the fourth consecutive year after the event was founded in 2008.
The fourth annual Cycling Classic will maintain the same format with four racing stages over two days. It will begin Saturday morning with the REM Prologue Time Trial, a 20kilometre time trial on flat terrain.
Saturday afternoon, the Cycling Classic continues with the 25-60 kilometre Banks Eye Clinic Road Race south of Swift Current on Highway #363.
Sunday morning will feature the Swift Current Mall Criterium at the Swift Current Mall north parking lot beginning at 9:30 a.m.
The final event will be the Buffalo Brew Pub Hill Climb on Sunday afternoon, a 3.5 kilometre climb on Highway #4 north of the city.
Road construction downtown and the Picnic in the Park forced the move of a pair of the stages while another stage was changed so the riders could experience a different racing venue. The Hill Climb is the only stage that will be in the same location as last year.
Sunday morning’s Criterium will be the stage to watch for cycling fans, beginning at 9:30 a.m.
“ That is the really good one to watch,” saidevent organizer Pete L’Heureux.” There is lots of racing. It is three or four hours long and it is different groups and calibers of riders and they get better as we go on. You watch the guys go around and around and around, which is far more exciting than just watching them go by once.”
The Cycling Classic will feature five racing categories divided by racing experience. L’Heureux expects to have between six and 10 locals racers in action.
He said the community support has helped the event reach its third anniversary.
“It has been really fantastic. Innovation Credit Union is back as our title sponsor for the fourth year.
“ They are really supportive. I don’t know if we could have done it without them.
“It is kind of the anchor to get the thing going and make sure that you have enough support and sponsorship for the event.”