Crossroads Classic expands to include a full-day of fun
Special to SVLfreenews.com
The streets of Downtown Statesville will come alive August 3 for the fun-filled Gander RV Crossroads Classic. With the support of the Statesville Convention & Visitors Bureau, title sponsor Gander RV and other valued sponsors, Downtown Statesville Development Corp. is excited to continue the tradition of the action packed criterium races this year.
What is a criterium bike race and why is it exciting?
A criterium-style bike race is a circuit race held on downtown streets or in a business park and is typically less than one mile in length with several tight corners. The 80-plus person “peloton” or group of cyclists, will race between 25 and 40 miles, based on their category. These courses are also closed to traffic, which allows the spectators to get up close and personal to the excitement of the race. They are able to witness the strategies of the teams as they draft off each other at speeds of over 40 mph, a breakaway from the main pack, sprint finishes, and the occasional crash.
After 18 years of playing host to the Crossroads Criterium Classic, DSDC will officially take over management of the event in 2019 and will add a few new twists to the schedule.
“As Statesville has a broad base of both cycling and running enthusiasts in this area, this event just makes sense for our community," said DSDC Executive Director Marin Tomlin. “It also serves as a great opportunity to showcase our beautiful community and downtown to visitors and local spectators.”
Cyclists love Statesville’s fast six-corner, L-shaped course, as they can drive up the speed and race to exciting sprint finishes.
Neal Boyd with Start2Finish is extremely excited about the 2019 event in Statesville.
“The Statesville community embraces the cycling event and its athletes and provides a tremendous amount of support and energy which helps create an enthusiastic atmosphere for the Crossroads Classic,” Boyd said.
The Gander RV Crossroads Classic will kick off Saturday, August 3, at 1:45 p.m. and continue to get faster as the sun sets, with the Pro race starting at 9 p.m. This year’s races will be led by a pace car sponsored by Keffer Mazda. In between the races, the Trike Races brought to you by D’Laney’s Sports Bar & Grill will return at 5, 6 and 7 p.m. The Cat 3 Cycling race is presented by Groucho's Deli.
A Full Day of Fun
New this year, spectators will enjoy watching runners compete in the (Almost) 5K presented by Black Automotive Group and the Beer Mile presented by Fourth Creek Brewing Co.
Swap Meet (Biking & Running Gear)
Enthusiasts can start the day with a Swap Meet (Biking & Running Gear) from 9 a.m. to noon on Court Street in Downtown Statesville. Make room in your garage, while putting money in your pocket! Bring your used biking and running gear and sell it before the Crossroads Classic. Complete bikes, shoes, car racks, apparel, bike parts and accessories will be available.
(Almost) 5K presented by Black Automotive Group
Run 5 laps on the 0.6-mile downtown criterium loop. Awards to top male and female in the following age groups: Under 15, 15-19, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49 and 50-plus.
Beer Mile - Drink, Run, Repeat. Presented by Fourth Creek Brewing Co.
It is simple: drink one 12-ounce beer, run 0.25 miles and repeat three times. The fastest Beer Mile runner (male, female and 2-person relay team) wins bragging rights for an entire year. Costumes are highly encouraged. You must be 21 years of age or older to participate in the Beer Mile. Expect to have identification available at registration. We will not refund entrants who are under the age of 21 that show up to race. We also require that you identify a designated driver for your ride home.
Registration for each of these events are available via https://crossroadsracewebsitetest.racesonline.com/schedule
In conjunction with the Gander RV Crossroads Classic, Downtown Statesville will also be host to the following community events on August 3.
End of Summer Bash
9 a.m. to noon on West Broad Street in Downtown Statesville
The End of Summer Bash is a FREE event for kids and families to celebrate the last days of summer and the start of school! Inflatables, balloon art, and face painting will all be part of the fun! This event is brought to you by the City of Statesville Recreation & Parks Department and Downtown Statesville.
SVL Kids Expo
The Greater Statesville Chamber of Commerce will host 25 booths at the 1st Annual Kids Expo on the grass at Broad Street United Methodist Church, 315 W. Broad Street on August 3 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
You're invited to be our guest in Downtown Statesville on Saturday, August 3. Bring the whole family to grab lunch or dinner in Downtown Statesville, do some shopping and check out the fast action of the world’s top cyclists and all the other fun events. For full details to include maps of the race course and more information on the event, check out www.crossroadscyclingclassic.com
This event would not be possible without the gracious support of our 2019 sponsors and community partners. Crossroads Classic is sponsored by Gander RV, Statesville Convention & Visitors Bureau, Keffer Mazda, City of Statesville, Black Automotive group, D’Laney’s Sports Bar & Grill, Fourth Creek Brewing Co., Groucho's Deli, Beth & Company, Broad Street Burger Co., and Red Buffalo Brewing Co.
Downtown Statesville Development Corporation is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization charged with administering the Main Street program for Statesville and whose mission is to provide leadership dedicated to the historic preservation and enhancement of Downtown Statesville and promote downtown as the primary center for economic growth opportunities, social experiences and cultural arts in Statesville. The Downtown Statesville Historic District is home to 19 restaurants, two coffee shops, two breweries, over 25 specialty shops, including six boutiques and four outdoor sporting goods destinations, and escape room! Visit www.downtownstatesville.com for details.