For the 10th year, professional cyclists from around the world will race through uptown Charlotte in the Presbyterian Hospital Invitational Criterium on Saturday. In celebration of the anniversary, community members can participate in the Brain Tumor Fund Carolinas Brain Ride before the race.
The Brain Ride led by cyclist George Hincapie of Greenville, S.C. opens the activities from 3 to 5 p.m. The noncompetitive ride is open to ages 7 and up; all proceeds benefit Brain Tumor Fund Carolinas.
At 6 p.m., 175 women will race 25 miles around a 1.2-mile circuit for a $25,000 prize. At 7:30 p.m., 125 men will compete for the $50,000 purse over 50 miles.
Hincapie, who lived in Charlotte for several years in the 1990s, retired from his 19-year career as a professional cyclist in 2012. He rode the Tour de France more than any other cyclist (17 times), held three U.S. National Road Race championship titles and competed in five Olympics.
In past years, the criterium has drawn 35,000 spectators to uptown. At 4 p.m., the Race Expo begins at Trade and Tryon streets with the Trans Jam BMX Maxxis Tires freestyle contest, including a park course (ramp riding) and flatland competition.
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