The town of LaGrange will participate in the very first LaGrange Cycling Classic next weekend.
The bike competition event features hundreds of professional and amateur cyclists.
This inaugural cycling criterium is part of the USA CRITS Speed Week series, which features intense and competitive racing on a multi-lap closed-loop circuit criterium along the streets of downtown LaGrange.
Including LaGrange, eight cities are participating in the event. The event usually takes place in the spring, but has been moved to August due to COVID. The plan is to return to its spring schedule if COVID calms down, said Bill Hunnicutt, executive director of the Downtown LaGrange Development Authority.
LaGrange was included in the event by chance, Hunnicutt said.
“When the event went from April to August, one of the cities… and I got the call to invite us in and, more importantly, let us move forward,” Hunnicut said.
Hunnicut said he hopes the event will provide an economic spark for participating businesses at LaGrange.
“What we want him to grow is a fun, family-friendly festival-like atmosphere,” Hunnicutt said.
“This is an opportunity for LaGrange to tune into an already successful series. We want to make sure that the runners and the racing people have a lot of experience. “
Downtown LaGrange Development Authority will be hosting this event on the streets of downtown LaGrange.
In preparation, the city will close several downtown roads from Friday morning.
Broome Street from Bull Street to Main Street will be closed to traffic starting at 8 a.m. on Friday, August 27
Main Street from Byron Hurst Street / East Depot Street to South Lafayette Square (Vernon Street), Bull Street from South Lafayette Square (Vernon Street) to Byron Hurst Street and Byron Hurst Street from Bull Street to Main Street will be closed to traffic and in the parking lot from 2 p.m. on Friday, August 27.
South Lafayette Square (Vernon Street) from Bull Street to Main Street and East Lafayette Square and West Lafayette Square will be closed to traffic and parking starting at 4 p.m. on Friday, August 27.
The shops and sidewalks in the city center will remain open for pedestrian and spectator traffic during the setting up of the event and for the duration of the event.
The streets will reopen to traffic and parking around 10 p.m. on Friday, August 27.
Motorists are encouraged to use Broad Street as an alternate route.
For more information on this event, visit www.lagrangecyclingclassic.com.
This event is free and open to the public.
Register online at www.bikereg.com. Online registration closes August 24, 2021 at 11:59 p.m.
A late fee of $ 10 will be charged for the day of registration each time you register. On-site registration and bib collection will open 1h30 before the start of the first race and will end 30 minutes before the start of each race.
Each runner must have a USAC license or an international racing license valid in 2021. One-day licenses are available for $ 10 for races open to category 5 men and category 5 women. Experienced racers (Men Cat 4 +, Women Cat 3+) can only pre-purchase a one-day license through their USAC account.