September in Pensacola typically brings with it both entertainment and the heightened awareness that Fall is just around the corner. While sadly this September doesn’t mean a 4th Annual DeLuna Fest will be inviting your favorite musical acts back to the beach (bummer, we know), this weekend both on the mainland and beyond, you’ll get to be entertained by rapidly-moving bicycles. That’s right, professional bike racing returns with the 4th Annual Subway Pensacola Cycling Classic. Last year’s event welcomed over 350 racers from 20 different states.
The two day classic is held Saturday, Sept. 14 and Sunday, Sept. 15 in multiple area locations. Presented by Anderson Subaru, the race is a multi-stage event including a road race in Milton, weaving through Blackwater River State Park, a time trial on Pensacola Beach, and the criterium in downtown Pensacola.
The criterium is the final stage of the event, and takes place Sunday morning from 7 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. This is where the heart of the spectator action comes in as cyclists bust some serious tail, making lap after lap around a short confined course, beginning and ending at the intersection of Government and Jefferson streets.
Certain local businesses situated on and around the course that typically remain closed on Sundays, have been known to open their doors especially for the event.
(Last year I recall having a delicious brunch at Sluggo’s Vegetarian Restaurant. It could happen again—hint hint!)
A free kids’ race will take place at the criterium at 9:15 a.m., open to children 10 and under. Each child participating receives a raffle ticket for the chance to win a bright and shiny new bicycle. Participating children should arrive with bike, helmet, and parent or legal guardian, at Government and Jefferson streets by 9 a.m. to sign up. The distance will be one lap, approximately 3/4 of a mile. Gold, silver and bronze medals will be awarded.
Proceeds from this non-profit event benefit the Paralyzed Veterans of America. Members of their racing team will be participating in the hand cycling division.
To learn more visit, pensacolacyclingclassic.com
SUBWAY PENSACOLA CYCLING CLASSIC
WHAT: Criterium – Stage 3
WHEN: 7 a.m. – 1:30 p.m., Sunday, Sept. 15
WHERE: Downtown Pensacola