Professional Bike Race in Mocksville on Thursday ~ NASCAR on 2 Wheels!

Mocksville-Criterium3Enjoy a great evening of fun for the entire family as Downtown Mocksville welcomes one of the fastest growing sports in America.

Watch as amateur and nationally acclaimed pro cyclists race in a loop around Downtown Mocksville reaching speeds up to 45 miles per hour.

On Thursday, August 4, folks from Davie County and surrounding communities will get a taste of this exciting sport during the 2016 Giordana Crossroads Classic Criterium in Downtown Mocksville.  Cyclists will compete in timed races, three consisting of amateur riders (though cash prizes are awarded), and races pitting riders from professional teams against each other in 60 minutes of what can only be described as hair-raising action.

Mocksville Criterium ~ Giordana Crossroads Classic Pro Bike Race

There are a couple of things that make a criterium a great spectator sport. Watch a multi-stage bicycle race like the Tour De France in person, and you get a single glimpse of the horde of rides – but the short, closed-circuit of a criterium means you can see the cyclists jockeying for position for almost the entire event. The Mocksville course is a mere half-mile in length, and pros can hit speeds of up to 45 miles per hour. Add in 90-degree turns, and what you’ve got is pretty much a pedal-powered version of NASCAR.

While the bulk of teams will come from North and South Carolina, cash prizes and the thrill of competition lure teams from across the nation to take part in the Crossroads Classic.  Last year, for instance, professional teams from California, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Massachusetts, Tennessee, Texas, and Virginia made the journey to Mocksville.

Mocksville-Criterium5Mocksville-Criterium Schedule
The start/finish will be located on Main Street near the Courthouse and the cyclists will transverse Main Street, Water Street, Salisbury Street, and Gaither Street.

Things get rolling at 5:15 PM, as streets are shut down and the course is set up. (Note to Mocksville residents and downtown merchants:  All vehicles inside the bike race area will not be able to leave from 5:15 PM to 10:00 PM.)  At 9:00 PM, the professional riders begin their hour-long competition.

5:15 PM – Street Closure
6:00 PM – Women’s Race
6:45 PM – Cat ⅘ Men’s Race
7:25 PM – Masters 40+ Race
7:25 PM – Masters 50+ Race
8:10 PM – Cat 3 Men’s Race
9:00 PM – Pro, 1, 2 Race

Mocksville-Criterium5This event is sponsored by Mocksville Tourism/Davie County Chamber of Commerce Visitor and Information Center.

For complete details on this free event, visit Giordana Crossroads Classic where you can also learn more about criterium, including how to compete in upcoming events.