Cycling: Professional bike race in Beloit, Wis., July 12

June 27, 2012

Beloit, Wis., will host an International Cycling Classic and Superweek Pro Tour professional bicycle race between 9:30 a.m. and 9 p.m., Thursday, July 12. (Photo provided by International Cycling)

• Races begin at 9:30 a.m. and finish around 9 p.m., interspersed by youth events

Staff Report

BELOIT, Wis. — Beloit, Wis., will be a host city for an International Cycling Classic and Superweek Pro Tour professional bicycle race in downtown Beloit Thursday, July 12.

The 17-day, 13-city race series attracts bikers from around the world. More than 500 participants are expected in the race series, including several who will head off to the 2012 Olympics after the race series.

July 6-22, the racers will be making their way from city to city in Illinois and Wisconsin to compete in various races and challenges, arriving in Beloit July 12. In Beloit, the races will begin at 9:30 a.m. and finish around 9 p.m., interspersed by youth events and amateur races around the city center race course.

Be Active Outdoors (BAO) is the coordinating organization behind the Beloit Superweek Bike Race. Be Active Outdoors is a regional nonprofit established to encourage individuals to be active in the outdoors by removing barriers to local outdoor recreational activities. One of BAO’s current programs is called BikeWORKS, set up for youth to earn donated bikes and learn to repair their own bikes by attending classes about bicycle repair, safety and maintenance.

Be Active Outdoors is seeking sponsors to assist with expenses related to bringing the event to Beloit. Volunteers are also needed to help with various tasks throughout the day. Those interested in volunteering should contact Paddle and Trail at (608)-362-6521, or send your name, phone number and time available to work to info@beactiveoutdoors.org. More about the International Cycling Classic and Superweek Pro Tour can be found at www.internationalcycling.com.

From the June 27-July 3, 2012, issue

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