Winston-Salem, NC -- The city of Winston-Salem will hold a new professional biking event coming up in June for both pro and local cyclists.
The Winston-Salem Cycling Classic will feature five competitive races with professional teams across the country competing for a prize of $33,000. The event will also be broadcasted on national television.
Professional cyclists George Hincapie and Robbie Ventura who competed in the Tour de France will co-host on Saturday, June 15. They'll lead Gran Fondo riders from downtown Winston-Salem to Yadkin Valley and back.
The Winston-Salem Cycling Classic will kick-off on Friday, June 14 with a black tie event. The race will take place over a span of two days from June 15 - 16. There is no admission fee to watch the race activities or competition. However, there's a registration charge for the competitive races.
Money collected from the race events will help the Sceptor Pain Foundation, Wounded Warriors, and the Forsyth Medical Center Foundation.
Race Day Activities on June 15
-- Cycling classic will begin with an 80 mile Gran Fondo plus shorter Fondo races along the same route where riders will have the option to turn back to Winston-Salem
-- The Gran Fondo is not a competition ride and no prizes will be awarded
-- Competition starts in the late afternoon
-- Criterium races include both men and women cyclists on a 1.3 mile downtown course covering a distance of about 60 miles
-- Local cyclists can take part in a Category 2 and 3 race at 7:15 p.m. on June 15.
-- Wounded Veterans will also compete that same evening for medals
Criterium Races will begin and end on Trade Street in front of IMG College and Sweet Potatoes. The course will take riders north on Trade Street, right onto Sixth Street, left onto North Liberty Street, left onto Seventh Street, left onto Cherry Street, left onto Fourth Street and left back onto Trade Street.
WFMY News 2/Winston-Salem Cycling Classic