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8th Annual Giordana Crossroads Classic
Nine-Day Criterium Event
Nine days of bike racing in nine different North Carolina Cities
July 25 – August 3, 2008
www.crossroadscyclingclassic.com
$55,000+ Purse

Charlotte Sports Cycling is proud to announce we have teamed with several NC based cycling teams and sponsor Giordana Cycling Apparel to bring nine days of criterium racing to the Piedmont and Foothills of North Carolina. The eighth annual event will feature nine criterium races held July 25 – August 3 and will visit nine different North Carolina cities: Taylorsville, Lenoir, Morganton, Mocksville, Concord, Salisbury, Statesville, Harrisburg, and Winston-Salem. This exciting nine-day race brings an incredible amount of energy to each downtown as professional and amateur cyclists alike will fill the streets with color, excitement, and speed as the racers battle in the daily criterium events.

Charlotte Sports Cycling President, Neal Boyd says, “The Cities have really embraced the cycling event and provided a tremendous amount of support for the nine-day race”The nine-day event will kick off Friday evening July 25 in the quaint Town of Taylorsville, NC. Taylorsville, nestled in the Foothills of North Carolina, will be entertained by the first ever bike race to travel the streets of the community. The Giordana Crossroads Classic will stay in the Foothills of NC with events in Lenoir on Saturday evening and Morganton on Sunday.

Monday will give the cyclists an opportunity to rest and gear up for six consecutive days of racing. The racing will resume in the beautiful Downtown of Mocksville, NC with a criterium event that raises money for the United Way. Wednesday, Crossroads promoters are bringing back a classic course with an event in Downtown Concord. The .4 of a mile course is flat and super fast race venue.

Thursday evening, the Giordana Crossroads Classic will make its way to the City of Salisbury with one of the most unique courses during the nine-day event. The course in Salisbury is a “figure-eight” loop that is exciting for the race participants and spectators.

The City of Statesville will play host to the cycling community on the second Friday evening during Crossroads. Statesville is the only City to host an event all eight years of the Giordana Crossroads Classic. Harrisburg, NC will host its first ever criterium event in the Town Center Plaza on Saturday. Town Center Plaza is beautiful mixed use development in the center of Harrisburg. The Giordana Crossroads Classic is anchored by the Hanes Park Classic NRC race in Winston-Salem, NC.

The Hanes Park Classic has been a staple on the southeast racing calendar for many years and is in its second year on NRC calendar. Professional men will race for $15,000 and the women will race for $7,500.
July 25 – Taylorsville, NC
July 26 – Lenoir, NC
July 27 – Morganton, NC
July 29 – Mocksville, NC
July 30 – Concord, NC
July 31 – Salisbury, NC
August 1 – Statesville, NC
August 2 – Harrisburg, NC
August 3 – Winston-Salem, NC

The beauty of the Giordana Crossroads Classic is all events are within a short drive of the next race. We, here are Charlotte Sports Cycling, tried to organize an nine-day event that any and all cyclists could afford, lots of great racing within a short drive. For start times, race categories, registration, course maps, directions, hotel rates and all other pertinent information, visit
www.CrossroadsCyclingClassic.com
 

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Ouch, starts three days after Superweek finishes.
 

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"Crits are interesting for, like, five laps."

Not if you're in the mix.
 

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Thanks for the props magnolialover. We bust our asses to put on quality events.

As far as a crit being boring, that's a new one for me.
If you are in the race mixing up at the front, it incredibly exciting. If you're in the back of a Cat 5 race trying to hang on for dear life, it could be boring.

All nine of the races are in Downtown settings......NO BUSINESS PARK CRITS. We typically get crowds at each of the venues and usually many of the categories sell out.
 

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All of the crits are great the best part being that they do a good job of finding pretty different venues for each so if you bets a technical crit you get your day to shine while another day might be a crit withe a hill in it that would favor a different type of rider. They have a good selection of categories through out the week (nice to see more womens fields). The return of the Morgonton and Concord courses are esp welcome (I wish they could bring back Mooresville I loved that course and it was one of my best wins ever on the bike). The crits are allways well run and on time.

And like the others have said crits are never boring if your in the mix.
 

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These are all awesome events. I'll be doing most of them...I've got to be down in florida for my grandparent's 50th wedding anniversary. I'd much rather be racing. The crowds are really enthusiastic, as said already. We had some little girls ask us for autographs after the race last year (the 4/5 race...lol).

Is the big pro crit in charlotte still on saturday night? That's always really fun, but makes for a long night before Hanes Park.
 

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MR_GRUMPY said:
"Crits are interesting for, like, five laps."

Not if you're in the mix.

For some reason crits bore me but I love track racing. Shorter course, no turns to make it interesting; by all accounts track should be the more boring of the two. I can't figure it out, someone explain it to me.
 
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