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Sixth Annual Winston-Salem Cycling Classic to Take Place May 26-28, 2018

(Last Updated On: December 5, 2017)

Weekend event will also feature Gears and Guitars Music Festival

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C.: Winston-Salem Cycling announced today that the sixth Winston-Salem Cycling Classic, one of the country’s most-prestigious professional cycling events, will be held May 26-28, 2018, in downtown Winston-Salem.

The event features one of only two UCI (Union Cycliste Internationale) category 1.1 road races in the United States, as well as USA Cycling Pro Road Tour (PRT) / USA Crit Series Criterium races for men and women. The makes the Winston-Salem Cycling Classic the only UCI 1.1 / PRT Crit combined event in North America.

“Winston-Salem is a bike-passionate city with a large base of avid riders, and that love for the sport is shared by the athletes who come here to compete,” Race Director Ray Boden says. “Our road race has proven to be a well-liked and challenging course, while our criterium is popular with racers for its route uniqueness and intensity.”

All Winston-Salem Cycling Events will be held in and around Bailey Park in Winston-Salem’s Innovation Quarter.

The event will kick off Sat., May 26, with both professional and amateur criterium races. A full slate of amateur events and rides will be held on Sun., May 27. The weekend’s event will culminate on Monday, May 28, when more than 400 riders from international cycling teams compete in the professional road races.

A family-friendly “Walk & Roll” will also be held on Mon., May 28, during the road races. Members of the community are invited to come bike, walk or skate without traffic on Fifth Street between Patterson Avenue and North Research Parkway. The event will also feature live music, activities and exhibitors, food trucks, shade tents and a Bike Rodeo.

All of the weekend’s events are free and open to the public, although a registration fee does exist for competitors. Registration for riders will open in early March 2018.

As part of the weekend’s events, Winston-Salem Cycling will also host its third-annual Gears and Guitars Music Festival. This four-day music event, which begins Fri., May 25, will showcase several nationally known artists, as well as regional favorites, in Bailey Park. Tickets are required for the Friday, Saturday and Sunday concerts, but Monday’s show will be free and open to the public.

“Gears and Guitars celebrates everything that’s great about music, and this year’s event promises to be bigger and better than ever,” says Boden, who serves as the music festival’s executive director. “We’ve got amazing headliners as well as some great up-and-coming artists that will appeal to a broad cross-section of music lovers. There’s literally something for everyone.”

The 2018 Gears and Guitars lineup will be announced in January, and tickets can be purchased through Ticketmaster.

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About the Winston-Salem Cycling Classic: Now in its sixth year, the Winston-Salem Cycling Classic is one of the country’s premier professional cycling events, featuring a USA Cycling Pro World Tour / UCI Criterium race and one of only two U.S.-hosted UCI category 1.1 Road Races. It is the only combined UCI 1.1 / PRT Crit event in North America. More than 2,000 professional cyclists from 50 international teams and 1,500 amateur cyclists have competed in the event’s races since its inception, drawing more than 30,000 spectators. WSCC weekend festivities also include the Gears and Guitars Music Festival, which showcases nationally known artists at Bailey Park in Winston-Salem’s Innovation Quarter. For more information, visit www.winstonsalemcycling.com.

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