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Inaugural bike race coming to Waid Park on Oct. 17

Inaugural bike race coming to Waid Park on Oct. 17

Franklin County Parks and Recreation and the Smith Mountain Lake Regional Chamber of Commerce recently announced a new race for bike enthusiasts on Oct. 17.

The Waid Park Sprint Enduro and VA Short Track XC championship race will be held at Waid Park in Rocky Mount. The two races will offer competitors a choice of races at distances of 2.5, 5 and 11 miles.

“We are very excited to bring this new recreational event to Franklin County and the mountain bike racing community,” said Paul Chapman, director of Franklin County Parks and Recreation. “This also serves as Franklin County’s contribution to a re-imagined and socially-distanced Go Fest weekend.”

COVID-19 measures will be implemented to ensure state guidelines are maintained throughout race day. The event will be limited to 100 riders and not exceed 250 total attendance. The presenting sponsor is the Town of Rocky Mount.

A beverage garden with pre-packaged food along with free bike events for kids are planned on Franklin County’s new skills challenge loop are among the non-racing activities. Registration includes a custom logo T-shirt, sponsored by Virginia’s Blue Ridge, and a neck buff.

The day starts at 9 a.m. with a short track cross country race on the Shinerunner trail. Jumps, berms, balance features and two stiff climbs will be showcased during event.

Race distances will range from either 2.5 miles or 5 miles for the VA Short Track XC championship race. The Short Track race is sanctioned under USA Cycling requiring $10 one-day licenses, which are also available for purchase online.

The main event is the inaugural Waid Park Sprint Enduro. Competitors can expect at least four stages during the 11-mile race using the newest features built at Waid Park that feature rock gardens, man-made jumps and sections with fast back to back corners.

Timing will be manually operated via Webscorer Pro. No USAC license is needed for this event.

Pre-registration is required at www.bikereg.com/waidenduro.

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