Hi Neighbors. The French Broad Cycling Classic will be held in our neighborhood this coming Sunday. Please see the following information for the schedule and road closures. Please come and check it this exciting event, and we hope it will provide minimum disruption to the neighborhood.
1) The French Broad Cycling Classic 2012; Sunday July 22, 2012; Races start at 8:00am-end around 6:00pm; location River Arts District on the following closed roads:
Haywood-Eastbound, from the Traffic Circle to Clingman Ave.
Roberts St. south of the Traffic Circle to the intersection with Lyman/Depot/Clingman Ave.-Extension
Clingman Ave.-Extension south to the intersection with Lyman/Depot/Roberts
Roads will close @ 7:00am for setup and should be reopened by 6:30pm
2) The French Broad Cycling Classic (FBCC) is a 3-day bicycle stage race (Omnium), directed at promoting amateur racing in the U.S.A., and traditionally occurs on the 3rd weekend of July. The FBCC is presented under the direction of the Asheville Bicycle Racing Club (ABRC), one of the oldest and most established amateur race clubs in the Southeast (founded in 1984). ABRC operates under sanction and license by USA Cycling, the official American cycling organization, recognized by the International Olympic Committee (IOC), the United States Olympic Committee (USOC) and the International Cycling Union (UCI). USA Cycling is responsible for identifying, training and selecting cyclists to represent the United States in international competition. ABRC is also sanctioned by the Carolina Cycling Association, which promotes amateur bicycle racing in North and South Carolina. The FBCC offers racers a 3-day Omnium (stage race) across 3 specific race disciplines (time trial, road race and criterium), attracting well over 500 racers from across an 8 state radius (NC, SC, VA, TN, KY, GA, AL, FL) with scores of others from across the U.S.A. The typical racer travels with spouse/significant others and many with families, combining the race weekend into a longer destination vacation here in the Land of the Sky. With professionals, national champions, rising junior and women’s racers in attendance, crowds are privileged to see some of the most competitive bicycling racing in the United States.
3) We expect over 500 racers, competing in 10 categories of races throughout the day on Sunday. We also anticipate there will be another 1,000+ spectators.
Director of Marketing-French Broad Cycling Classic