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March 16, 2014

Stage race returns to downtown Corsicana

Corsicana — Upwards of 250 bicyclists are expected to be in town next weekend for a bicycle event now known as the Arthrosurface Tour of Corsicana Stage Race.

The two day event slated for March 22 and 23 is co-sponsored by the Corsicana and Navarro County Chamber of Commerce, and features a Saturday morning time trial, races through the streets of downtown Corsicana Saturday afternoon, and a “road race” across Navarro County on Sunday.

Mike Frankos is one of the organizers of the event, himself an avid cyclist and excited about the coming event.

“We had 196 participants the first year, and 219 the second year,” Frankos said. He’s hoping to have around 250, or more, in the 2014 event.

A new part of the activities on Saturday is a Childrens Bicycle Ride, taking place at Collin and Beaton Streets at 5:30 p.m. The first 100 registrants for the childrens event — open to youngsters 10 and under — will be entered into a drawing for one of three bicycles to be given away. Registration for the childrens event will take place from 3 to 5 p.m. on race day Saturday at the Chamber of Commerce. Helmets will be required for those taking part in the children’s ride, Frankos said. Community National Bank and Trust, P&S Pharmacy and the Downtown Salon and Spa are sponsoring the childrens event. Riders in the race will be led by the City of Corsicana Trolley on the six-block children’s course.

The Saturday morning time trials are held on FM 744 near Tiger Stadium. Saturday afternoon’s downtown Criterion race makes a “figure eight” loop along Beaton, Collin, and Main Streets, with a loop around the Navarro County Courthouse. The Sunday road race is centered near the Parrish Store in Pursley.

Frankos said should inclement weather threaten the event, the downtown course would be re-routed to eliminate many of the brick streets on the route, in the interest of rider safety. The other events will go on rain or shine, Frankos said.

Several civic clubs and chamber volunteers are helping to execute the two-day event, and Frankos praised the cooperation of Corsicana’s downtown merchants, who’ll see the race participants flying past their doors beginning at noon on Saturday. Several local restaurants have also contributed prizes to distribute to the race participants.

The bike event also has a new overall sponsor for 2014 — it is being underwritten in part by Arthrosurface, a manufacturer of partial joint replacement appliances.

More information on the March 22 and 23 Arthrosurface Tour of Corsicana State Race is available from the Corsicana and Navarro County Chamber of Commerce by calling 903-874-4731.

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Bob Belcher may be reached by email at bbelcher@corsicanadailysun.com. Want to “Soundoff” on this story? Email: soundoff@corsicanadailysun.com

 

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