RI could be home to next Cyclo-Cross Festival

By News Staff

news@abc6.com

Rhode Island could be home to one of the most prestigious events for Cyclo-Cross–a fast-growing, competitive cycling sport in America.

Today, Governor Lincoln Chafee, Assistant Principal of Mount Pleasant High School, Thomas Bacon, and President of KMC Cyclo-Cross Festival, Richard Fries, announced that Rhode Island is being considered for the Cyclo-Cross World Cup.

Cyclo-Cross is becoming one of the most popular participant sports in our region, expected to draw thousands in spectators and participants. A festival for the sports is also expected to generate millions in Rhode Island‘s economy.

Rhode Island isn’t new to KMC Cyclo-Cross, in the past there have been collaborations with Johnson and Wales University, Brown University, YMCA, Providence Schools, Greenway Alliance, Recycle a Bike, the Rhode Island Bike Coalition.

Festivals have had over 2,800 athlete participants with entrants from 23 countries.

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