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Cycling event racing this way

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By Robin Bass

Taylorsville and Spencer County have been asked to play host to hundreds of cycling enthusiasts this summer during the USA Cycling 2009 Masters Road National Championship.

Local leaders – who are eager to promote tourism in the area – see this event not only as a chance to showcase what the county has to offer, but their willingness to work with athletic event organizers.

“We need to get more involved in sports tourism,” said City Manager Steve Biven. “We need to let people know we are capable of handling (events).”

Members of the Kentucky and the Greater Louisville Sports Commissions hope to use a 7-mile stretch of KY 44-West as one of three legs of a timed trial event this July. Cyclists would start at the high school and race the clock as they ride toward Taylorsville Lake State Park, turn around, and come back. Since participants are being timed individually, groups of only about 50 cyclists would be on the roadway. The event would begin around 8 a.m Wednesday, July 1 and last until possibly 3 p.m.

 “I think we would be crazy not to support them,” said Commissioner Lynda Huckleberry.

 

For more on this story, see this week's Spencer Magnet.