Special to the Journal
Albany, Georgia welcomes the SB&T Bike Criterium & Road Race on May 25-26, 2013. Previously a part of the Rock, Roll & Run Weekend in March, this year the SB&T Bike Race will be part of the Southeast Regional Series (SRS).
‘Moving the SB&T Bike Race provides us as opportunity to grow the race and have it as a standalone event,’ said Rashelle Beasley, Albany Convention & Visitors Bureau Director. ‘We are excited to be the kick off location and only site in Georgia for the inaugural year of the Southeast Regional Series. We are estimating between 150-300 riders per day with this series.’
The Southeast Regional Series (SRS) produced by Start Smart Cycling is an exciting new race series that crisscrosses the southeast region of the U.S. Five race weekends spanning five months across five states. High five. It’s a veritable tour of the region.
The idea behind SRS is to increase the racing quality of the already strong Southeast peloton. Combining each of the five stateʼs riders into a single race will create larger fields with a higher level of competition and ultimately harder and better racing.The Southeast Racing Series will kick off in pristine Albany, Georgia, May 25-26, and then travel through Ala ama, North Carolina, and Tennessee, before culminating in Greenville, South Carolina. Each weekend follows the classic formula of a downtown criterium led by the official SRS BMW pace car on Saturday followed by a road race Sunday morning, allowing ample time to get home in time for work or school on Monday. Each Sunday afternoon, a pink SRS leaders jersey, a polka dot Stanʼs NoTubes KOM/QOM jersey, and a green pin-stripe PEZ Cycling News sprinters jersey will be taken home to the envy of all those in your races.
‘Albany has welcomed the South’s strongest cyclists to our city for nine years and we expect that being the kickoff venue of the 2013 Southeast Regional Series, that will bring in the largest participation numbers we’ve ever had,’ said Michele Moulton, Pecan City Peddler Cycling Club Race Team Director.
‘SB&T is proud to continue our sponsorship of bike race weekend,’ stated Mark Lane, President and CEO of SB&T. ‘We’re especially excited about the new opportunities presented by becoming a part of the SRS Race Series. Hosting a premier event such as this will boost tourism in Albany, which will resonate positively throughout our entire community.
Whatʼs more, SRS has selected globalbike, an internationally recognized non-profit located in the Southeast, as its beneficiary. Over the past seven years, globalbike has used the power of a bike to transform hundreds of thousands of lives in the developing world, primarily Africa.