Cy­cling Clas­sic re­turns to the South­west this week­end

The Southwest Booster - - SPORTS -

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.”

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