• The 7th Annual Brooksville Cycling Classic

    Expanded event offers activities for everyone

    BROOKSVILLE – The 7th Annual Brooksville Cycling Classic will be held April 1 and 2 in downtown Brooksville. The event is expanding this year to include community cycling, fitness and spectator activities for just about everyone. The Classic, a series of downtown criterium races held in Brooksville since 2010, is part of the Sunshine Grand Prix, a week-long series of Tampa Bay area races expected to attract competitive cyclists and cycling enthusiasts from around the state. This year’s additional activities include a Brooksville Main Street Fitness Expo and three local touring rides; the eight mile Good Neighbor Leadership Ride, the 22 mile Lake Lindsey Spin, and the 63 mile Croom Forest Metric Century Ride.

    Good Neighbor Leadership Ride: Beginning at 10am on April 1, Sheriff Al Nienhuis and other local leaders will spearhead an out-and-back ride to the end of the Good Neighbor Trail in Brooksville, starting from Russell Street Park. We imagine this as a no-stress rolling community get-together promoting exercise and safety. This eight mile, flat course makes a perfect activity for families and for those new to cycling. No charge. T-shirts available for purchase while supplies last. To register, call Ann-Gayl at 352-540-6817 or visit www.surveymonkey.com/r/LeadershipRide

    Lake Lindsey Spin: Beginning at 8am at on April 1 at the Hernando County Courthouse parking lot, this casual group ride follows a route north from the end of the trail to Lake Lindsey Road. Includes a rest stop at the famous Lake Lindsey Mall. Distance: 22 miles. Price: $20, includes T-shirt. To register, go to https://raceroster.com/events/2017/11923/croom-forest-metric-century.

    Croom Forest Metric Century: Beginning at 8am on April 1 at the Hernando County Courthouse parking lot, this ride includes some of the most scenic roads in Hernando and seldom-explored leg through the lake country of Citrus County. Riders will travel from the end of the trail north to Croom Road, east through the Croom Tract of the Withlacoochee State Forest, and points north. Distance: 63 miles (100-plus kilometers). Price: $25, includes T-shirt/ To register, go to https://raceroster.com/events/2017/11923/croom-forest-metric-century.

    The Pro 1-2: Beginning at 1pm on April 1, this 70 minute race has been added to a national race series. Spectators will enjoy the excitement of watching top flight riders race through the streets of downtown Brooksville in hopes of winning the $3,000 purse.

    Fitness Expo: Join in on April 1 for music and food, booths for health- and fitness-related vendors – including gyms, bike shops and nutrition professionals. From 9am-4pm on Main Street in front of the Historic Hernando County Courthouse. For vendor information, contact Ryan at (352) 540-6409.

    For additional information on events and registration, visit the Brooksville Cycling Classic Facebook Page at https://www.facebook.com/BrooksvilleCyclingClassic/ or contact Laura at 352-293-1100.

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