Spain Park to host cycling festival this weekend

Published 11:28 am Wednesday, April 1, 2009

This weekend, cyclists will converge on Spain Park High School, as the school hosts the second-annual Hoover Cycling Festival.

Registration for the festival will start at 7:45 a.m. on both Saturday, April 4, and Sunday, April 5. The races will start each day at 9 a.m. All cyclists must be registered for races an hour before the race begins.

Chris Storie, who works with Cahaba Cycles and is an event organizer, said he hopes to see 1,000 to 2,000 people at the festival. The event will bring in some tourists to Hoover, he said.

On Saturday, there will be races, ranging from 20 minutes to an hour long, around the perimeter of the school. There will also be a community yard sale and an antique car show organized by the Dixie Vintage Antique Automobile Club. These events are free to spectators.

On Sunday, participants will do a “century ride,” in which they’ll have the option to ride 100 miles from Trussville to Gadsden. Cyclists looking for less of a challenge can opt to ride 20, 30 or 60 miles of the course if they wish.

Storie said some participants will be able to ride the full 100 miles in just four hours.

“Some people will average 20 to 25 miles an hour,” he said. “Some of the cyclists will average 30 to 32. Some people take much longer than that.”

Saturday’s events will cost $40 to participate, while Sunday’s century ride will be $30.

The event is intended to raise money for Travelers Aid of Birmingham and the Spain Park High School Band, Storie said.