2nd annual Tour de Charleston set for Saturday

Analicia Haynes, Managing Editor

The second annual Tour de Charleston kicks off Saturday morning with an expected 230 cyclists racing.

Cindy White, the president and CEO of the Charleston Area Chamber of Commerce, said registration is still ongoing until the day of the race, and said they are “on track” to having 230 entries, which was the number from last year.

White said currently there are about 200 people who registered.

She said the race is similar to last years, with the same routes and no major changes.

Riders can choose from a 12.5, 25 or 50 mile route and the races will start at the corner of 7th and Jackson Streets near the Coles County Courthouse.

Each race is timed and awards will be given to the top two male and female racers in each age category. Awards will also be presented to the overall male and female winner in all three races.

Unlike last year, however, White said there will be an “after party” that anyone can attend once they finish the race.

The after party will take place all day starting at 10:30 a.m. at Roc’s Blackfront Restaurant and Lounge located at 410 6th Street.

White said they structured the race to be as inclusive as possible when it comes to participation. She said aside from those in the race, many businesses are involved and the race is good for the community because it brings in about 200 people.

She said they intend on retaining those people in town on Saturday by having a number of different activities to do after the race like Muse Fest and the 18th Street Farmer’s Market.

She also said there will be live music and a live remote by 101.3 WMCI.

As far as long term goals, White said the intention is to continue to grow the events and the race and eventually make Charleston home to the race.

Anyone can watch the race, and White said the best spots include the Square, Villas of Holly Brook on 18th Street, or on the corner of 6th and Jackson Streets.

Those interested in racing can register here or on Saturday before the race.

Registration fees are $30 for the 12.5 and 25 mile races or $50 for the 50 mile or “Hilly 50” race.

White said the Chamber is also looking for volunteers. Those interested can call the chamber at 217-345-7041.

Analicia Haynes can be reached at 581-2812 or [email protected].