The season is halfway completed but there is still plenty of good racing and riding on the horizon.
Tonight is the fourth in the POA BMW Performance Center series races. Contested on the training track at the BMW Performance Center the road is silky smooth and the racing fast. Friday night the road racing continues in downtown Gaffney with a criterium modeled after Belgian kermesses. The course is a flat four-corner loop that offers great viewing for spectators. And in the Belgian flavor of the event, stop by the Capri on Main Street to enjoy a cold beverage or two. I know I will.
In North Carolina the Asheville Breakfast and Black Mountain Rotary Club is presenting the WNC Grand Prix Festival this Friday and Saturday. Friday evening the racing kicks off with an uphill time trial and Saturday a challenging 1.1 mile criterium which loops around Lake Tomahawk in Black Mountain. Sunday is a metric century which showcases the natural beauty of the area. All the proceeds of the racing and ride is used for children at risk programs in Western North Carolina.
If racing this weekend isn’t possible mark your calendar for this upcoming Tuesday, August 3rd through Saturday the 7th. The Giordana Crossroads Classic is five days of criterium racing in North Carolina. Make sure your tubulars are glued on well as this will be fast and furious racing. And remember – no head-butting!
If individual efforts are your specialty the Charlotte Motor Speedway this Wednesday the 4th is the place for you. The time trial is raced on the famous speedway and is 10.1 miles in distance.
For triathletes this weekend offers two tri’s in the Greenville area. At Furman University this Saturday the Tri to Cure Triathlon is being held. This race is for ages 6 to 15 and is a non-profit event with all proceeds going directly to Team Type 1′s outreach programs. One program is their upcoming trip to Rwanda in November to educate people on how to combat diabetes on a daily basis. For people in that impoverished country dialysis is their only option. Sunday is the Greenville Triathlon. Known for it’s beginner friendly atmosphere this race is an ideal event to kick off that triathlon career. However, if you’ve got some multi-events races under your belt the Greenville Triathlon will offer some stiff competition from the state’s best triathletes.
Tours and Gran Fondos
If you are training for the Ride Without Limits, MS 150 or Team in Training there is the Bike Ride for Moses Mathis Century in Fayetteville, North Carolina this Saturday. If one-hundred miles seems a bit daunting there is also a 35 and 67 mile route.
All of these events can be found under the EVENTS tab on the front page.