2014-10-09 / News

Jamestown Classic bicycle race takes place on Monday

The Rotary Club’s Jamestown Classic bicycle race will take place on Columbus Day, Monday, Oct. 13. Riders can register at the recreation center on the day of the race beginning at 7 a.m.

Because of the number of bicycles participating, traffic patterns will be altered along the course. The race begins at the rec center at 8:30 a.m. and heads north on Conanicus Avenue toward the golf course. Near the Newport Bridge, riders will bear right onto East Shore Road and continue north onto Summit Avenue, which then connects via a sharp right onto North Road. Riders will follow North Road south toward the four corners and continue onto Southwest Avenue, which turns into Beavertail Road at Mackerel Cove. Riders will then take the turnaround at the lighthouse, follow Beavertail Road back to Mackerel Cove, and bear onto Hamilton Avenue. A sharp left onto Walcott Avenue will take riders to the finish line.

According to organizers, parking is limited. Riders can leave their cars in the parking lots of St. Matthew’s, St. Mark, Town Hall, Melrose School and Lawn School. There is no parking on Narragansett Avenue east of the fire station to Conanicus Avenue.

The Jamestown Classic has been held for the last 39 years. The race is the main fundraising event for the Rotary Club. Proceeds from the race are used to support causes worldwide, including wheelchairs for Nicaraguans, women’s literacy in Ghana, music equipment for Lawn School, Boy Scouts, ALS research, and clean water in Cambodia.

The scenic race, which is sanctioned by USA Cycling, attracts some of the best riders in the Northeast. Novice and children riders are also welcome.

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