Beaufort Memorial Cycling Classic Set for April 27th

Apr. 22, 2010

Racing at top speeds of up to 40 miles an hour, 120 professional male and 75 professional female cyclists will compete in downtown Beaufort during the fourth annual Beaufort Memorial Cycling Classic, a celebration of active, healthy living in the Lowcountry, on Tuesday, April 27, at 5 p.m. It’s all free and open to the public.  

The format will offer spectators the opportunity to watch the best of the best in American criterium racing up close as they ride at top speeds for up to two hours on the .6-mile course. Cyclists representing all 15 national professional cycling teams will participate in the race, all vying for a slice of the $15,000 purse.

The evening will kick off with a kids’ race at 5 p.m. on Bay Street and will be followed by the women’s, then men’s races. The professional races will follow a .6-mile course that begins and ends at the clock tower on Bay Street.

“As the community’s primary healthcare provider, we are delighted to once again be a part of Beaufort’s pro cycling event,” said Beaufort Memorial Hospital’s President & CEO Rick Toomey. “The Beaufort Memorial Cycling Classic truly celebrates active, healthy living, and we always look forward to this event.”

The Beaufort Memorial Cycling Classic is a part of the USA Crits Southeast series that kicks off in Athens, Ga., on April 24 with the “Athens Twilight,” and continues with a total of seven races in nine days – each in a different Southeastern city.

America has a rich history of criterium racing, a unique form of cycling that stresses high-speed racing contested amidst an urban atmosphere. Criterium racing’s ability to combine the most exciting elements of popular sports with the large-scale appeal of downtown festivals has made it the most enduring form of cycling in North America with an ever-growing following of fans.

Because professional criteriums are run on short lap courses through city streets, they offer spectators the opportunity to watch the competitors up-close as they ride at top speed for up to two hours. This has made the criterium format the most spectator-friendly form of cycling.

The event is managed by Lowcountry Velo, with corporate support from Beaufort Memorial Hospital and additional support from local sponsors, dozens of volunteers and cycling clubs. For more details about the Beaufort Memorial Cycling Classic please visit www.lowcountrycyclist.com. You can also find details about the Beaufort Memorial Cycling Classic on Facebook.

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