The Brooksville Main Street program in collaboration with the Brooksville Cycling Classic is transforming this year’s annual event beyond its traditional slate of races into a wide-ranging community riding and fitness event designed to provide recreational opportunities, advanced health, and promote city business. The event will be held on Saturday, April 1, 2017, from 9 am to 4 pm.
The Brooksville Cycling Classic will stage its usual series of downtown criterium races, with a couple of crucial changes. The start of the day’s feature event, the 70 minute pro1-2 race, has been bumped up from the end of the schedule to the more spectator-friendly start time of 1 pm. It has also been added to a national race series that has bumped the prize money to $3,000 ensuring a field of top flight riders.
These riders will perform in front of a crowd that has gathered for the Brooksville Main Street Fitness Festival, which will include a Fitness Expo and three touring rides, all designed to bring cyclists and visitors downtown in time for lunch and shopping before the race.
The events are as follows:
- Fitness Expo: Music and food, booths for health and fitness related vendors — including gyms, bike shops and nutrition professionals. Main Street in front of the Historic Hernando County Courthouse.
- Sunshine Grand Prix Touring Rides: Rides that fulfill the community’s commitment to the Cycling Foundation’s promise to stage bike tours, with the added benefit of exposing visitors to the cycling paradise of the Nature Coast. The two longer rides will depart from the parking lot of the Hernando County Government Center at 8 am and follow a police escort north on Broad Street before turning right on E. Jefferson Street and then east on the Good Neighbor Trail. Sag stops, goody bag and map of city businesses ready to cater to hungry cyclists.
- Good Neighbor Leadership Ride: Sheriff Al Nienhuis and other local political and business leaders will spearhead an out-and-back ride to the end of the Good Neighbor Trail in Brooksville, starting from Russell Street Park. We imagine this as a no-stress rolling community get-together promoting exercise and safety. Perfect family outing. Flat course, with a total distance of only 8 miles. Start time: 10 a.m. No charge. Option to buy T-shirt for $10.
- Lake Lindsey Spin: Casual group ride that follows a route north from the end of the trail to Lake Lindsey Road. Includes a rest stop at the famous Lake Lindsey Mall. Distance: 22 miles. Start time: 8 am. Price: $20, includes T-shirt, bag and sag stops.
- Croom Forest Metric Century: Takes riders on a course that includes some of the most scenic roads in Hernando and seldom-explored leg through the lake country of Citrus County. Riders will travel from the end of the trail north to Croom Road, east through the Croom Tract of the Withlacoochee State Forest, and points north. Distance: 63 miles (100-plus kilometers). Start time: 8 am. Price: $25, includes T-shirt, bag and sag stops.
For more information contact Brooksville Main Street Executive Director Ryan Malloy at Director@BrooksvilleMainStreet.org or call 352-540-6409.