AVON – The 2017 American Rock Salt Criterium and Gran Fondo will change locations after the Village oiled and stoned portions of the course. The event now turns into a two day stage race with a criterium to be hosted at the Perry Warsaw Airport and on the following day a road race to start and finish in the Village of Avon.
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On July 22 the tarmac of the Warsaw-Perry Airfield will host a four corner 1-mile loop criterium. The second stage of racing will take place on July 23 as cyclists will start on East River Rd cross over to West River Rd heading south to Rte 251, details on the route are still pending USA cycling approval. The loop will be repeated by cyclists depending on category level.
The event also introduces a new feature, the Corporate Challenge fields. Corporate Challenge options include a 2-mile run on Saturday and a 25-mile, 50-mile, or 75-mile bike ride on Sunday, which will share the same start and finish line as the Avon road race.
“The board is in full favor of the race coming to Avon,” said Avon Mayor Tom Freeman. I can’t say enough about Tony and his organizational and presentational skills. We’ll be reaching out to our local businesses and organizations and it can be back next year. Basically this can grow into a mini corn festival – we start small but we can always build upon it.”
Details and updates are available at the Livingston Cycling Club’s website here.