WARREN - The Kwik Fill Kinzua Classic Bike Race will take place on Aug. 12 and organizers expect more than 100 riders from the tri-state area to participate.
The event opens with registration at 7:45 a.m. in the Allegany National Forest and the race begins at 9 a.m.
The scenic and challenging course begins at Kinzua Beach, travels east on Route 59, then south on Route 321 and finally to Longhouse Drive for the finish at Jakes Rocks, a total of 28.7 miles.
"Cyclists can expect climbs that go on forever, thrilling decents and curves in a magnificent forest setting," said Ian Eastman of Family Services, which organizes the event. "I'm very excited about several changes the committee made in consultation with some of the area's best cyclists."
New this year are divisions set by decade - under 19, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59 and 60 and over. An award ceremony following the event at Kinzua Beach at noon will recognize the top male and female overall, the top team and the top three finishers in each division, both male and female.
A professional timer from Runner's High will make the results of the race available immediately and post them on the Web site www.runhigh.com.
The elite-level "double loop" is on hold for 2014 while organizers evaluate how best to provide the niche race.
"We saw that the shorter course has steadily drawn more competitors as the longer course declined," said Eastman. "We're giving the double loop a rest this year while we determine our capacity to best grow it. We hope the cyclists who enjoyed it will still join us for this year's race."
Online registration is now open with special incentives available. Registration is offered at a discounted rate of $30 through Aug. 3. Cyclists who register by July 27 will also receive a commemorative T-shirt, a $15 value. Registration will also take place on the morning of the race from 7:45 a.m. to 8:45 a.m. for $35 and T-shirts will be available for $15 each.
More details about the event and on-line registration can be found at www.kinzuaclassic.com.
All proceeds of the event will benefit Family Services of Warren County.