The Roswell Cycling Festival

For local families and residents, the Historic Roswell Criterium event has grown into a full weekend festival entitled The Roswell Cycling Festival. It kicks off Saturday, April 24, 2010 with the Big Creek Mountain Bike Day at 10am. A skills clinic will be held at 11am as well as a dirt bike jump demo starting at 1pm. Hot dogs and hamburgers will be grilled. Saturday’s festivities will be held at Big Creek Mountain Bike Trails at Big Creek Park.

On Sunday, April 25, 2010, start your day bright and early with the Mayor’s Ride in Historic Roswell. The Mayor’s Ride is a recreational ride to showcase Historic Roswell. The ride includes three options – a free family 6-mile tour around old town Roswell; a 20 mile challenge that adds  14 miles of rolling hills to the tour route; and the 40 mile workout that adds 20 more challenging, beautiful miles.

This year a runner’s road race will be held. There will be  a 5k qualifier in the morning with the top finishers competing in the “Fastest Mile” during the bike races in the afternoon.

There are a variety of events planned throughout the day culiminating with The 9th Annual Historic Roswell Criterium, which includes a full schedule of events for professional cyclists and area residents.

Since 2002, The Historic Roswell Criterium has established itself firmly as one of the top single-day races in the United States, with 10 categorized contests for amateur and professional athletes. The race format, a criterium, is the most common form of American bicycle racing.

It is a multi-lap event of approximately 25-60 miles held on a closed course, generally a mile or less in length, that can see competitors exceed speeds of 30 miles per hour. The criterium consists of 10 bicycle races which will take place on a one-mile route in Historic Roswell. Races begin at 10:00 a.m. and will run through 6:00pm.

In Historic Roswell our azaleas are in full bloom, the retail shops and art galleries have their doors propped open and our restaurants have their most gracious smiles waiting to seat you. It promises to be a beautiful spring day with entertainment for all – come join the fun!

For more information on The Roswell Cycling Festival visit www.roswellcyclingfestival.com.

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