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Montgomery, Alabama to Host Competitive Bicycle Events

17 Jun, 2013


2013 Southeastern Regional Series Capital of Dreams Criterium and Bicycle Road Race to be Presented

The City of Montgomery and the Montgomery Area Chamber of Commerce Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB) have partnered to sponsor the Capital of Dreams Criterium and Road Race to take place on June 22 and 23 in Montgomery, Alabama. Professional, amateur and youth athletes will compete in these races.

The race is part of the 2013 Southeastern Regional Series that includes races in Albany, GA; Asheville, NC; Knoxville, TN and Greenville, SC. The series is organized by Smart Start Cycling and sanctioned by USA Cycling. Cyclists will compete for a $10,000 purse over two days. Between 300 and 400 competitors are anticipated to come to Montgomery to compete in both the criterium and the road race.

Montgomery’s Riverfront Facilities Superintendent Tom Pierce emphasizes the spectator appeal of this race: “This is a great opportunity for the city of Montgomery to host an event of this kind. Nothing like this has ever been done here before.  It has the potential to grow into a major sporting event and provide a substantial economic impact for the city as well as provide the citizens with an opportunity to see a one of a kind event that is fun and exciting to watch.”

The spectator friendly criterium race will begin on Saturday, June 22 at 9 AM. Cyclists will compete to see how many laps each competitor can complete within a set time limit, which results in an intensely competitive, fast race. The 1.54 mile course will begin and end on Dexter Avenue taking riders around the State Capitol building.  Recommended viewing spots are in shaded areas along Dexter Avenue or at the Irish Bred Pub.  The women’s professional race will begin at 2:40 PM and men’s professional race will begin at 3:40.

The road race will be 39.96 mile course in Pike Road, Alabama which begins at 8 AM on Sunday, June 23. Youth, amateur, masters and professional level athletes will participate in this race.

Registration for the event is open until 5 PM Eastern on June 20, 2013.

About Montgomery, “A Cool Capital City on the Move:" Centrally located along the Alabama River in the heart of the Southeast, Montgomery is steeped in the history of world-changing events and is in the midst of another change – a complete reemergence. From a revitalized downtown to an array of new museums, restaurants, attractions and accommodations, the riverfront capital city is quickly becoming one of the newest must-see travel destinations in the South. Learn more about all that Montgomery has to offer at www.visitingmontgomery.com.

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