By Guest Blogger Ken Cohn
The 2017 High Point Cycling Classic marks the return of one of the most well attended and celebrated sports and entertainment events in High Point, North Carolina’s history. Founded in 2010 by avid High Point cyclists Chip Duckett, Randy Carda and Rodney Simpson, the High Point Cycling Classic quickly became one of the community’s most anticipated gatherings. The Classic is back thanks to substantial community support from the City of High Point, Business High Point, Inc., the High Point Convention and Visitors Bureau, High Point University and many other local, loyal corporations and individuals.
The High Point Cycling Classic enters an exciting new phase in 2017 as we celebrate a new relationship with the Bobby Labonte Foundation. We expect the new partnership with the Bobby Labonte Foundation to generate substantial funds available for grants to community nonprofit organizations. New this year, all proceeds will be awarded to local charities that support building strong futures for children and families in our local four-county area. After a lengthy review process by The Bobby Labonte Foundation, founded by NASCAR champion and businessman Bobby Labonte, the four non-profit organizations that were selected to receive grant funding through his foundation included Emily’s Kids Foundation, High Point Regional Health Foundation, High Point Young Life and Smart Start of Davidson County.
So remember, all of your entry fees, sponsorship dollars, ticket purchases and any other dollar you spend at the Classic will go right back out to families here in our neighborhoods and benefit building stronger futures for our children!
The schedule is as follows:
Thursday, September 7 kicks off the weekend’s events with the highly acclaimed “The Bicycle: Art Meets Form” Cycling exhibit at High Point’s Theater Arts Gallery. This year’s showing will premiere on Thursday September 7th and will remain open through September 22nd . Artists from around the country will submit their work.
Friday, September 8 will mark the start of the on-the-bike activities. That morning a group of the event’s biggest supporters will head out on a social bike ride with all of the event’s celebrity guests and VIPs, including Bobby and his wife, former professional and world champion cyclist, Kristin Labonte. The ride will conclude with a brunch style gathering at a local High Point restaurant. Later that afternoon, Bobby and friends will host a press conference and both race and ride registration and packet pickup will be available at the race site. Later that evening, Bobby and Kristin have planned a cocktail party and silent auction at the JH Adams Inn.
Saturday, September 9 will feature a full day and evening of cycling fun and competition. The 2017 Bobby Labonte Charity Bike Ride will begin at 7:30am and offer three distances: 25mi/40km, 37mi/60km and 62mi/100km. Keeping in mind that the Charity Bike Ride is not a race, this is sure to be about as much fun as one can have on a bike! The criterium racing kicks off at 2pm and offers many categories of bike racing. Family Fun will continue at 6pm with a kids’ race!
Join the fun and visit highpointcyclingclassic.com for all the details!
*Sponsored by High Point Cycling Classic