Cyclists to take to the scenic roadways of Taylor County in annual road race


TAYLOR COUNTY—Cyclist, get ready to put your skills to the test, as the Adventure Club welcomes you to the world of competitive racing.

The Adventure Club, who prides itself on bringing new and exciting recreational activities to Taylor County, will be hosting the 2020 West Virginia State Championship Road Race on Saturday, August 8.

The race, a fundraiser for the club, is being sponsored by Speed Vision Bikes, located in Fairmont.

“The road race started two years ago as the Tour of Taylor County. We talked with racers and got their input on the race, what they liked and didn’t like,” shared Adventure Club Executive Director Bryan Smith. “Through talking with them, we came up with some great changes, and are excited to keep the cycling momentum going in Taylor County.”

Competitors will put their peddling skills to the test, to vie for not only bragging rights but some awesome prizes, including cash, medals and merchandise.

“We at Speed Vision Bikes will donate over $500 in cash and prizes to the race winners, meaning every bit of proceeds goes to the Adventure Club to further sports in the region,” said Ryan Nye, owner. “We know you all have been dumping loads of money into those bikes the past few months, and now it’s time to get them out and race!”

The classic road race will begin in the Walmart parking lot and will see cyclists pushing their limits through steep climbs, rolling hills and even some flats, along the scenic roadways of Grafton.

“This is a dynamic route that could be won by a climber or a tough sprinter,” Smith noted. “A few of the slower climbing roads are rougher, but work will be put into blowing them clean and making them race ready.”

Participants can enter various categories, offering different distances and prize amounts.

Those entering Cat 1/2/3 will be tested over 47 miles of terrain, for a chance at winning $200, while the Masters 35+ contestants will also travel 47 miles for a chance at $150.

Ladies entering the Woman Cat 1-5 will also be racing along 47 miles of roadway, contending for the $200 prize.

Merchandise and Medals will be offered to the top finishers of the Cat 4/5 and Junior U19 races. Both of those races will see cyclists competing with one another for 32 miles. Participants may also enter the Citizen category, where they will bike for 17 miles, hoping to claim the top slots and prize medals.

Registration fees for the Cat 1/2/3, Masters 35+, Women’s Cat 1-5, and Cat 4/5 races are $50 per participant, while the Junior U19 racers will pay $9 to race and Citizen participants will be charged $30.

To register, simply log on to https://www.bikereg.com/wvrr.

To stay up-to-date with information for this bike race, as well as other fun family-friendly recreational events, be sure to like and follow the Adventure Club on Facebook at www.facebook.com/TCAdventureClubWV.

For more information on the race, contact the adventure club by email at [email protected], or visit the WV State Road Race Championships event page on Facebook.

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