Cycling races shut down parts of NoDa neighborhood

An eight-mile loop through the NoDa neighborhood is closed Sunday until around 7 p.m. for the NoDa Grand Prix, an elite and amateur cycling race being held for the third year in the historic textile-turned-entertaniment district near uptown.

Races started at 8:30 a.m. and take place throughout the day, ending with the Pro Race at 6 p.m. when 10 professional cyclist will compete for a cash prize. The start and finish lines are at North Davidson and 35th streets. Vehicle traffic is prohibited on sections of North Davidson, 34th, Yadkin, 32nd, Alexander and 36th streets. The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department is monitoring the traffic.

Neighbors were notified beforehand that they would not be able to leave or come inside the course by vehicle until after the races. The organizers encourage residents to park outside the course including at Highland Mills.

A course map is at www.nodagrandprix.org. Sponsored by OrthoCarolina, the race follows USA Cycling rules and has races for men, women, juniors and children.

The race also attracts spectators who line the sidewalks in front of the restaurants and bars along the start/finish line to see the more than 200 cyclists compete.

“It’s a great day for a race,” says T.K. Hall, one of the event organizers. “People are starting to wake up and come out.”