With the end of the year approaching, it is time to look back at the cycling events within the Raleigh-Durham, NC area.
For road cycling racers there were many USA Cycling sanctioned races and series hosted by area bike clubs are businesses. The Keep Raleigh Boring Criterium on 21st of February, the Chatham County Road Race on 5th of March and the Bull City Grand Prix the next day all run by the Carolina Cycling Association. The NCSU Cycling Club hosted the Wolfpack Classic Road Race & Criterium on the weekend of the 23rd and 24th of April. On May 16th was the Falls Lake Road Race run by Team Spoke Cycles. In May and June was the Backyard Series Criterium. On the Forth of July was the appropriately named Firecracker Ride run by the Capital Cycling Club. Later in the month on the 6th was the Velo4Yellow run by the Raleigh Gyros Cycling Club.
Cranking out laps on pavement, on dirt and over obstacles, cyclo-cross provides a variety of challenges for competitors. The Cross Central Series with the local events held at the Dorthea Dix Campus in Raleigh, Fuquay-Varina and Rock Quarry Park in Durham in September and October. The North Carolina Cyclo-Cross Series had multiple events around the state, with two in the area. One in Durham and one in Raleigh on consecutive weeks in November.
Triangle Off-Road Cyclists, the local chapter of IMBA, had racing events on single track ride in the woods. The competitive calendar was: Curse at the Crab Race on the 17th of April, Moar XC Racing on the 10th of July, Beaverdam/New Light Challenge on 28th of August, Briar Patch XC on the 18th of September, Umstead Gravel Grinder on 29th of October and 6 Hours of Briar Chapel on 6th of November.
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