2008-04-24 / News

Cox cycling classic scheduled for June

The seventh annual Cox Charities Cycling Classic has been set for Saturday, June 28, in Providence, Recognized as one of the premier cycling events in the country, the Cox Charities Cycling Classic will attract nearly 300 of the top cyclists in the country and thousands of spectators to downtown Providence.

New for 2008, the racecourse has moved to the city's riverfront. Racers will compete on a onemile, criterium course starting and finishing on South Main Street in front of the Licht Judicial Complex. With a distance of 50 miles, the pro racers will endure 50 trips up the steep climb of College Hill on Waterman Street, followed by a hairraising descent down Thomas Street and across the Providence River on Steeple Street. From there, the cyclists will speed south along the river on Memorial Boulevard/Dyer Street before crossing the river once again on Pine Street to South Water Street, and back to South Main via Planet Street.

The Masters will begin racing at 2 p.m.; 3:15 p.m. will be the start of the Amateur Category and the Pro/Am will start at 5 p.m.

Proceeds from Cox Communications' signature event will benefit Cox Charities New England. In partnership with the United Way of Rhode Island, Cox Charities New England has provided more than $2.4 million in grants and in-kind support to local non-profits that support children and education since in 2001.

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