MOUNT MORRIS — This Saturday in Mount Morris, cycling takes the main stage. With the Tour de France in full swing, the Livingston County Cycling Club will have their own version of the prestigious race right in our backyard.
The event is named after the main sponsor and one of the largest employers in Livingston County American Rock Salt.
There will be several events throughout the day that are sure to attract any and all from around the area. In the morning there will be a solo and team Duathalon event at 8 a.m., a 5k run and 10k run that will begin at 9 a.m., and a kids fun run through the Village of Mount Morris set to begin at 10:30 a.m. In the afternoon, things begin to heat up not only in temperature but also in competition.
At 2 p.m. the beginner bike races will be held, followed by the Kid’s 12 Fun Bike Race at 4:45 p.m. At 5 p.m. the Elite Women’s Race will take place, with a criterium style course. For those who are unfamiliar with the criterium style of race, it is a race that is run on closed off streets and is typically a shorter course. The length of the race is set by how many laps must be completed before a winner is crowned. This particular style will allow spectators to view each competitor several times throughout the afternoon.
At 6:00 p.m., the Twilight Criterium will be set to begin. The first race will be the Novice Men’s bike race, followed by the Elite Men’s Bike Race. This race will pit the most talented cyclists of the day against each other in what will likely be a tightly contested race. The Livingston Cycling Club will have several cyclists competing throughout the day, yet the most anticipated competitor of the day could possibly be 15-year-old Garrett Lucas from Nunda. The youngster will race in his first category 3 race in the final event this Saturday. Each cyclist begins at category 5 to begin their cycling career, in just three years of competitive cycling, Lucas has leveled up twice already.
With plenty of events, this is sure to be an event that one would not want to miss.