Tour de Moore: 100 Miles of Heat, Hills and Asphalt
Professional and amateur cyclists from around the world will converge on Southern Pines and Fort Bragg Saturday for the 35th running of the Tour de Moore.
The Sandhills Cycling Club is proud to present the Tour de Moore, an epic 100 miles of heat, hills and asphalt which test riders to their limits. One of the longest-running bicycle road races in America, the Tour de Moore has a rich history. Some of bicycle racing's best and brightest have competed in the past.
This year's race will feature a revamped course. More than 500 participants will depart from the Campbell House on East Connecticut Avenue and ride through scenic horse country along Youngs Road.
The pace should be fierce as riders with the main group, known as the peloton, attempt to reach maximum speeds to gain position at the front of the field.
Riders will turn into the remote access training areas of Fort Bragg, where the race will heat up as participants and teams attack each other on the hills in hopes of dropping weaker riders. As many soldiers would say, only the strong will survive Fort Bragg.
Upon exiting Manchester Road, riders will make a final turn back onto East Connecticut Avenue, where the race will end with an exciting uphill finish at the Campbell House.
The conclusion could see a brave rider powering solo to the finish line, like the epic Tour de France mountain stages, or with a group of riders still together, surging up the last climb for the win.
In addition to the 100-mile race, several amateur fields will ride 27- and 54-mile courses. There is more than $2,500 up for grabs in prize money.
Racing will begin at 8 a.m. and end at 1 p.m.
There will be several road closures and detours along the race route, which are approved by a Department of Transportation permit. East Connecticut will be closed from East Massachusetts Avenue to Ridge Road. East Massachusetts will be the alternate route into and out of Southern Pines. Ridge Road will be closed from East Connecticut Avenue to East New Jersey Avenue.
This year also marks the first time in Tour de Moore history that Fort Bragg has allowed riders access to its course.
Spectators should bring lawn chairs and a picnic to watch the finish of the 100-mile race, which is expected around 11 a.m.
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