Saturday, June 10, 2006
By ADAM LAPIERRE
News staff writer
May 24, 2006
The 2006 Mount Hood Cycling Classic will kick off in exactly one week. With hundreds of racers, tech support and fans soon to arrive in town for the five-day, six-stage event, organizers are making final preparations for what will be one of the largest and most difficult road races on the west coast this season.
Volunteer help is needed throughout the event, from staffing feed stations and parking lot control, to set-up, tear-down and drivers of chase cars. Event organizers are asking for any help possible from the local community to make the fourth annual event run smoothly.
Anyone willing to help is asked to e-mail Jennifer Wilson at: email@example.com.
The kids’ race
Local kids have a chance to join in on the fun of the race. On Saturday, June 3, the Cycling Classic will host a kids’ stage race in the Sprint parking lot on Wasco Street. The race will include two stages: a dual slalom and uphill spring state and a kids’ criterium stage. Participants will be divided into four age groups (4-6, 6-8, 8-10 and 10-12) and every competitor will receive an event T-shirt, a water bottle and a ribbon. The top three finishers in each division will also win prizes.
Pre-registration for the kids’ race is encouraged, as the field will be limited to 150 riders.
To register, e-mail your name and age to firstname.lastname@example.org. Registration will begin at 9 a.m. Saturday and racing will start at 10 a.m.
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